Playing with Pi-Star: Revisions – Recent

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Dec 7, 2019

Revised the Introduction section

Renamed the Status of Pi-Star note to The current status of Pi-Star, and slightly revised the note itself.

Revised 12) Pi-Star – Summary thoughts

Updated section to reflect the current status of Pi-Star more accurately.

Dec 6, 2019

Revised release number

Noted the release of dashboard version 20191206:
Added the ability to set the country code in the Wireless Configuration section.

Revised 4e) If using Auto AP …

Perform this step when you start Pi-Star for the first time or when you need to connect to a new WiFi network, for example, when traveling.

  1. If you're not already in Configuration view, click the Configuration link and log in with your Pi-Star user name and password.
  2. In the Configuration view, scroll down to the Wireless Configuration section.
  3. To add or modify your WiFi network connections, click Configure WiFi.
  4. Select your country code and then click Scan for Networks. Wait 10 secs.
    Note: If the scan doesn't find the network you want, you can add it manually, as discussed below: 5k) Wireless Configuration.
    WiFi configuration
  5. In the list of networks found, select the one you want.
    WiFi configuration 2
  6. PSK: Type the wireless network password. The PSK field will turn green.
    WiFi configuration 3
  7. Click Save (and connect). When Auto AP is active, this step will only save; it won't connect. Wait a few moments for it to save (PSK field will turn white again), and then reboot Pi-Star. (If you're unable to reboot, power the hotspot off and back on again.)
  8. While the hotspot is restarting, reconnect your computer to the regular WiFi network you're using.
  9. After the hotspot reboots, Pi-Star will connect to the new WiFi network you added. On a Windows, Mac, or Linux-based computer (not the hotspot itself) that has WiFi enabled, open the Pi-Star dashboard by navigating again to: http://pi-star/ or http://pi-star.local/.
    If you can't re-open the dashboard, see the note Trouble re-opening the dashboard after updatingOpen in new tab.

Revised 5k) Wireless configuration

5k) Wireless Configuration

Additional configuration settings - Wireless Configuraiton

  1. To add or modify your WiFi network connections, click Configure WiFi.
  2. You then have two options:
    Scan for WiFi networks
    1. Select your country code, and then click Scan for Networks. Wait 10 secs. If the scan doesn't find the network you want, you can add it using the manual method described next.
      WiFi configuration
    2. In the list of networks found, select the one you want.
      Important! Some radio/modem boards require the WPA or WPA2 security standard, and won't work with WEP.
      WiFi configuration 2
    Manually add a WiFi network
    1. Select your country code, and then click Add Network.
      WiFi configuration - add network
    2. SSID: Type the wireless network name. Note: A space in the network name can cause problems with connecting to some routers.
      Add WiFi network
  3. PSK: Type the wireless network password. The PSK field will turn green.
    WiFi configuration 3
  4. Click Save (and connect). It may not look like anything is happening, but give it time until it's finished and the PSK field turns white again.
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    Auto AP note: If you're setting up a wireless connection using Auto AP, this step will only save; it won't connect. Wait a few moments for the save to complete, and then power your hotspot off and back on again.
    1. While the hotspot is restarting, reconnect your computer to the regular WiFi network you're using.
    2. After the hotspot reboots, Pi-Star will connect to the new WiFi network.
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  5. Optionally, you can add additional wireless network connections. If you have multiple wireless network connections, when you boot up Pi-Star, it will scan each one in turn based on its priority until it finds one to connect to:
    • Be patient, each connection attempt takes about 40 seconds.
    • The first wireless network connection you add is given an ID of 0 and a priority of 100. For each additional wireless network connection you add, the ID is increased by one and the priority is decreased by one. Thanks to Bob, N0YWB, for his post in the Pi-Star Users Support Group explaining how this works.
    • For more info, see: Manually adding WiFi settings to RPiOpen in new tab.

Dec 4, 2019

Revised the Introduction section

Revised the Status of Pi-Star note.

Nov 22, 2019

Revised release number

Noted the release of dashboard version 20191122 ^ :
"Updated MMDVMHost to the current build."

Revised 6e) Some great places to start playing with Pi-Star

Slightly changed the section title from "A great place" to "Some great places" and added:

Ham Radio DMR Nets

Speaking of Telegram groups, there's another good group there for finding nets, Ham Radio DMR Nets, which has a quite comprehensive list of active DMR nets. Each net is displayed an hour before it goes live, making it easy to keep track of what's going on: https://t.me/HamRadioDMRNetsOpen in new tab

Nov 19, 2019

Revised the Introduction section

Revised the Status of Pi-Star note.

Revised formatting

Introduced a new icon for "Open in a new tab": Open in new tab

Nov 13, 2019

Revised release number

Noted the release of dashboard version 20191112 ^ :
Minor UI changes.

Nov 9, 2019

Revised release number

Noted the release of dashboard version 20191108 ^ :
Minor UI changes.

Nov 8, 2019

Revised release number

Noted the release of dashboard version 20191107 ^ :
Looks like additional improvements to ARIA handling on the Configuration page.

Revised the Introduction section

Revised the Status of Pi-Star note again.

Revised 2) Downloading Pi-Star

Revised the note and moved it above the screen capture:

Note: The regular Pi-Star RPi image doesn't support the new RPi 3B+, 3A+, or 4B; however, Pi-Star v4.1 supports them: Pi-Star Beta Downloads ^ .

Nov 5, 2019

Revised 8) Updating Pi-Star

Added a link to Andy Taylor's GitHub to the introductory paragraph:

One of the nice things about Pi-Star is that it's updated on a regular basis to add new features, options, and fixes, as well as to add hostfile updates that have been pulled from upstream sources (to view the changes, see GitHub ^). There are three ways to update Pi-Star: one automated and two manual:

Revised release number

Noted the release of dashboard version 20191105 ^ :
Looks like some improvements to ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) handling on the Configuration page. Update Nov 7: Confirmed by the developer who posted that he's working on an "issue with screen readers for users with limited sight…."

Nov 2, 2019

Revised 5c) General Configuration > Node Type

Added Note 2:

Revised the Introduction section

Revised the Status of Pi-Star note again.

Nov 1, 2019

Revised release number

Noted the release of dashboard 20191101 ^ :
Looks like some styling changes to dashboard.

Oct 23, 2019

Revised the Introduction section

Revised the Status of Pi-Star note again.

Oct 21, 2019

Revised document information section

Consolidated links to PDFs & standalone articles and Upgrading to V4 article, and added links to translations:

More: PDFs ^  · Upgrading to Pi‑Star V4.1 ^ 
Most up-to-date version: amateurradionotes.com/pi-star.htm
Translations: 简体中文 · Español · हिंदी · русский · 日本語 · 韓国語

Oct 20, 2019

Revised 5b) MMDVMHost Configuration

Added note about new OLED setting:

Oct 16, 2019

Revised release number

Noted the release of dashboard version 20191016 ^ :
Changes related to MMDVMHost.

Revised the Introduction section

Revised the Status of Pi-Star note again.

Revised 6a) Dashboard view

Updated the notes:

Oct 12, 2019

Updated the logo

Pi-Star Digital Voice Software has a fresh logo. Nice!

Pi-Star Logo

Revised the Introduction

Pi-Star is great digital voice software for hotspots and repeaters. It can handle DMR, D-STAR, and YSF, as well as P25, NXDN, POCSAG, and some cross modes when used with a multi-mode digital voice modem that supports those modes.

Revised 8) Updating Pi-star

Revised Update notes:

mount: / is busy or mount point is busy – The Update process automatically switches Pi-Star into Read-Write (rw) mode, writes the updates, and then switches Pi-Star back into Read-Only (ro) mode. Occasionally, the process will fail to complete the switch back to ro mode, and a message is displayed: mount: / is busy or mount point is busy.

When this happens, it typically doesn't work to manually switch Pi-Star back into ro mode using the "rpi-ro" command. To fix this, there's a few things that can work: re-run Pi-Star Update, run Pi-Star Upgrade (even if you're on the latest version), reboot Pi-Star, power off the hotspot and then restart it. Whenever this happens, I always re-run the Pi-Star update until it finishes normally.

Update: Jason, KE7FNS, has found at least a partial root cause for this issue and a workaround solution for that cause, which he shared in his Pi-Star User Forum post ^ :
First, run the restart service command:
sudo systemctl restart systemd-udevd.service
followed by:
rpi-ro
I've tried this several times, and found it to work most of the time.

Oct 11, 2019

Revised the Introduction section

Revised the Status of Pi-Star note.

Oct 8, 2019

Revised all references to the RPi 4B

I had been mistakenly referring to the new Raspberry Pi 4B as the 4B+. Have now corrected that everywhere. Apologies!

Oct 4, 2019

Revised the Introduction section

Revised the Status of Pi-Star note.


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