Why did I design this?
I realised fairly early in my use of the Raspberry Pi that setting up the Network is not the easiest thing to do, especially when the Pi is embedded in a project.
I have also seen many people struggling with this at the local Raspberry Jam’s that I have attended over the last year or so.
- No more command line configuration required!!
What is It?
It is a USB pen drive that contains a windows* based program, that
enables you to configure your Network settings (both Wi-Fi and LAN)
through a simple GUI (see screenshot) and then save the relevant details
on to the USB drive. Once the pen drive is plugged into the Pi and
booted, the correct files will automatically be saved to the Pi, which
will then shut down. Then remove the USB pen drive.
When the Pi is booted again it will get the information from the pre-configured file and connect to the Network.
It has built in the ability to save Multiple Networks. Once saved, any of these Networks can be selected and by following the same ‘boot load’ process will configure the Pi for the different Network.
Here are a few bullet points that describe the features: –
• Complete package with pre-installed software.
• Minimum set up required on Pi.
• Allows easy configuration of Network details.
• Multiple configurations supported.
• Program runs direct from USB – no PC installation required.
• Automatic configuration on boot of Pi.
*Other platform support is intended in the future, if required.
PiConfig is now supported on OSx.
Compatible with all versions of RPi, (inculding the Compute Module & I/O board) with the official Raspbian distro installed, with unmodified fstab.
How it works
- Enter your network data, using PiConfig tool
- Save as “Your preferred choice”
- Write to USB stick
- Follow onscreen guide (video)
- Wait for green activity light to stop flashing
- Follow onscreen guide (video)
- Restart RPi with WIFI dongle inserted, or Ethernet cable connected
DHCP to STATIC
Multiple configuration supported
PiConfig is available in 3 different designs..
European Maple - Carbon Neutral - Printed
Metal Pearlsilver - Printed
European Maple - Carbon neutral - Engraved
The perfect blend of modern technology, environmentally sustainable materials and sophisticated styling, this USB Memory Stick is machined from European Maple (light wood). Complete with all the capabilities of a traditional Flash Drive and brandable by either colour printing or laser engraving, the Nature Series is perfect if you are looking for a distinctive product with a tactile feel and great visual appeal.
Network configuration when the Pi embedded
Raspberry Pi based Clocking In System
"Life of Riley" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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Risks and challenges
In terms of supplying PiConfig - The software is already written, the pendrives sourced and can be delivered upon successful backing. PiConfig itself has been coded and is not a prototype but a proven, tested product, therefore I see no risks associated with this.
The main challenge is going to be extending the current software to other platforms, such as OS X, Linux.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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