Playing with Pi-Star: Revisions – Recent

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Jun 21, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star version 4.1.5 and dashboard version 20210721Open in new tab regular
"Fixed a small issue related to Quadnet."

July 10, 2021

Revised 5b) MMDVMHost Configuration

Added more info to the Hangtime note:

Jul 5, 2021

Revised 1b) Some good resources for learning about Pi-Star

Noted the new XLX reflector for the Pi-Star multi-reflector:

Official Pi-Star websiteOpen in new tab regular, wikiOpen in new tab regular, user forumOpen in new tab regular, support groupOpen in new tab regular, tutorial videosOpen in new tab regular. and multi‑reflectorOpen in new tab regular (BM, DMR+, YSF, NXDN, P25: 31672; D-STAR: XLX672 E)

Jun 21, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star version 4.1.5 and dashboard version 20210621Open in new tab regular
"Fixes a small issue in the pistar-upnp.service unit file so that when the service is stopped any port-forwards it created on your router get removed (like on shutdown / reboot)."

Revised 9) Upgrading Pi-Star

Revised step 4:
Beginning with Pi-Star version 4.1.5 / Dashboard version 20210619: It's only necessary to run the Upgrade process once; the process now automatically upgrades all the way to the most recent version.
Prior versions: Run the upgrade process as many times as needed until the system reports you are on the most recent version:
You are already running the latest version…
Sleeping a few seconds before making the disk Read-Only…
Finished

Revised The current status of Pi-Star note

Pi-Star V4.1.x was released as a regular version on Mar 26, 2020. It can be downloaded from the Pi-Star website (now at V4.1.5): Pi-Star_RPi_V4.1.5_21-Jun-2021.zipOpen in new tab regular.

Jun 17, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210617Open in new tab regular:
New MMDVMHost to fix D-Star DTMF issues, DMRGateway datestamp updated; Modify the shutdown to sync the disk rather than sleep; Create pistar-bridgecomflash.

Jun 15, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210615Open in new tab regular:
Minor update to ircDDBGateway.

Jun 12, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210611Open in new tab regular:
Minor fix.

Jun 10, 2021

Revised current status of Pi-Star note

Made a note of the newly posted respin image of 4.1.4:

The current status of Pi-Star

Pi-Star V4.1.x was released as a regular version on Mar 26, 2020. It can be downloaded from the Pi-Star website (now at V4.1.4): Pi-Star_RPi_V4.1.4_09-Jun-2021.zipOpen in new tab regular.

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210609Open in new tab regular:
Added additional network password options.

Jun 8, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210608Open in new tab regular:
Tweaked XLX startup functionality.

Jun 7, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210607Open in new tab regular:
Added XLX to the startup list; more under-the-hood work on MMDVMHost, DMRGateway, and ircDDBGateway; minor fix to pistar-update.

Jun 5, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210605Open in new tab regular:
Under-the -ood changes to update to new versions of G4KLX stack and CA7JAU cross-mode; to add in the foundation for future changes including dg_id Gateway and M17 Gateway; to update D-STAR, ircDDBGateway, and DStarRepeater.

Jun 3, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210602Open in new tab regular:
Minor fixes related to UPnP syntax

May 18, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210517Open in new tab regular:
Minor changes related to FreeDMR. Also, a change to how the update script concludes. Previously: "Updates complete, sleeping for a few seconds before making the disk Read-Only," after which my hotspots were almost always left in Read-Write mode. Now: "Updates complete, syncing disk cache before making the disk Read-Only," and so far my hotspots are being left in Read-Only mode. If that holds, a nice little fix!

May 13, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210513Open in new tab regular:
Minor update.

Apr 28, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210428Open in new tab regular:
Added field for FreeDMR DRM Master options, as well as a link to the FreeDMR Options GuideOpen in new tab regular.

Revised 5d)

Updated introductory section:

How you configure DMR depends on the DMR Master you select. All of the Master choices include four basic DMR options—ESSID, Color Code, EmbeddedLCOnly, and Dump TAData—displayed below the selected DMR Master, which are described in more detail below.

If you choose a BrandMeister Master, you'll also see the BM Hotspot Security password option, as well as links to BrandMeister Repeater Info and SelfCare:

Digital mode configuration settings - DMR

Updated DMR Master section:

Updated DMR ESSID section:

Apr 24, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210424Open in new tab regular:
Minor update.

Apr 23, 2021

Revised 5d) DMR Configuration

Added the following note to the BrandMeister Master option:

Apr 18, 2021

Moved the Mar 12, 2021: DMR Host Files - Changes note to the Pi-Star Troubleshooting article.

Added the following new note:

Mar 23, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210322Open in new tab regular:
Minor updated related to how the aprs and ircddb hostnames are displayed when they are enabled.

Mar 20, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210319Open in new tab regular:
Minor fix related to how DMRGateway logins are handled.

Mar 16, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210316Open in new tab regular:
Minor fix related to display of YSF2DMR configuration settings.

Mar 12, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210312Open in new tab regular:
If one of your DMR services is failing to log in, in the Network Status module, DMR Net will now be highlighted yellow.

Revised Current status of Pi-Star note

Added the following:

Revised 6b) Admin view

Updated 2nd paragraph: Info and manager modules – The upper portion of Admin view shows Gateway Hardware Info and Service Status, as well as modules for D-STAR Link Info and Manager, BrandMeister Active Connections and Manager, YSF, P25, and NXDN Link Managers, and on the left: Modes Enabled, Network Status, and Radio Info.

Mar 5, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210305Open in new tab regular:
Minor update to keep YSFGateway APRS description up to date.

Feb 25, 2021

Revised 5f) Yaesu System Fusion Configuration

Changed the section heading by adding "(YSF Config)" so that someone searching for "YSF Config" can find that section easily. To avoid search engine confusion, I also changed the section ID from id="fusionconfig" to id="ysfconfig" and the references to that section from href="#fusionconfig" to href="#ysfconfig".

Feb 24, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210224Open in new tab regular:
Minor fix related to handling of QuadNet (openquad.net).

Feb 21, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210221Open in new tab regular:
Increased the input length of the DMR Access List option.

Feb 20, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210220Open in new tab regular:
Added a DMR Access List option (see next for description).

Revised 5c) General configuration

Updated Node Type Note 2 description:

Revised 5f) Yaesu System Fusion Configuration

Added a hint:

Feb 14, 2021

Revised article

Revised Raspbian OS to Raspberry Pi OS to reflect the name change implemented by the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

Feb 13, 2021

Revised The current status of Pi-Star note

Revised it to reflect that version 3.4.x has been retired.

Feb 12, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210212Open in new tab regular:
Update to add APRS toggle.

Revised 5c) General configuration

Updated image:

Basic configuration settings - General Configuration

Added this bullet:

Deleted this note:

Feb 11, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210211Open in new tab regular:
Update to BrandMeister API v2.

Feb 10, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210210Open in new tab regular:
Minor updates and fixes.

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210209Open in new tab regular:
Minor updates and fixes.

Feb 8, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210208Open in new tab regular:
P25-related fix.

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210207Open in new tab regular:
Updates to the pistar-expand script and the apt tool, and a fix related to OLED screens.

Revised 6b) Admin view

Updated Admin view image:

Pi-Star Admin console - upper

Feb 6, 2021

Revised 6b) Admin view

Updated the Info and manager modules text, and the Link Managers note:

Info and manager modules – The upper portion of Admin view shows Gateway Hardware Info and Service Status, as well as modules for D-STAR Link Info and Manager, BrandMeister Active Connections and Manager, and YSF, P25, and NXDN Link Managers.

Feb 5, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210205Open in new tab regular:
New NXDNGateway and P25Gateway (need to click Apply Changes on the Configuration page), and added apt tool.

Feb 4, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210204Open in new tab regular:
Minor fixes related to NXDN and APRS.

Feb 3, 2021

Revised The current status of Pi-Star note

On Mar 26, 2020, Pi-Star V4.1.0 was released as a regular version. It can be downloaded from the Pi-Star website (now at V4.1.4):
Pi-Star_RPi_V4.1.4_03-Feb-2021.zipOpen in new tab regular.

Feb 3, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210203Open in new tab regular:
Minor fixes related to YSF cross modes.

Feb 2, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210201Open in new tab regular:
Version number updated (changes noted in yesterday's revision).

Revised 5c) General Configuration

Added a note about APRS:

Feb 1, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star version 4.1.4 and dashboard version 20210131Open in new tab regular (dashboard version number unchanged, even though there is a significant update on 20210201):
Added APRSGateway, and added an alert for people running older versions of Pi-Star (before 4.1) that there is a newer version available (displays in a yellow highlighted bar above the dashboard). Andy Taylor posted this in the forum:

dPRS was broken as part of an update to ircDDBGateway;
This has been solved in Pi-Star 4.1.4 (update > upgrade > head to the config page and press apply).
This adds APRSGateway (now required for ircDDBGateway and will soon be required for other daemons too).
Once I have added some more, I will also add a feature to turn APRS on/off more easily.

Jan 31, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210131Open in new tab regular:
Minor changes related to YSF.

Jan 29, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210129Open in new tab regular:
Minor fixes.

Jan 28, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210128Open in new tab regular:
Changed the callsign url link behavior, added a link to GPS coordinates, other minor changes/fixes.

Revised 5c) General Configuration

Updated the URL field description to correctly note its behavior:

Revised 6a) Dashboard view

Updated images to reflect new functionality, as well as that the words "Linked to:" have been removed from the Network fields. Also updated notes:

Revised 6b) Admin view

Updated images to reflect new functionality.

Jan 27, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210127Open in new tab regular:
Added a way to control behavior of the callsign URL; other minor changes.

Revised 5c) General Configuration

Updated the URL field description to note its new behavior in dashboard version 20210127.

Revised 5m) Remote Access Password

Changed the section title, added links to two new subsections, as well as subheaders for them:

5m) Auto AP SSID PSK & Remote Access Password

Auto AP SSID PSK

Used to create a unique password for connecting to the Auto AP access point, which would then override the default password, "raspberry".

Auto AP SSID PSK

This override password is separate from the Remote Access Password (which is used for accessing Pi-Star Admin and Configuration settings, and for SSH access; see following section).

Remote Access Password

Jan 25, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210125Open in new tab regular:
Added Auto AP SSID PSK configuration option, changed behavior of callsign URL, other minor changes.

Revised 5c) General Configuration

Updated the URL field description to note its new behavior in dashboard version 20210125.

Revised 7) Backing up and restoring Pi-Star

Pi-Star Backup now backs up custom CSS settings, so removed the following bullet:

Jan 13, 2021

Revised release number

Noted the release of Pi-Star dashboard version 20210111Open in new tab regular:
Merged updated Japanese translation, and a minor fix.

Jan 11, 2021

Revised section 5e) D-STAR configuration

Made a small correction to the following bullet point to update the reference from "see section 5l" to "see section 5m".

Revised section 7) Backing up and restoring Pi-Star

Clarified the following bullet point:

Revised section 4a) For all boot-ups

Clarified the following note:

Note: If your hotspot has an external display attached to its Raspberry Pi (unusual), you can watch Pi-Star start up until the login prompt is displayed, but don't log in there because you can't set up Pi-Star via the hotspot.

Jan 8, 2021

Revised The current status of Pi-Star note

Updated the final bullet point:

Jan 2, 2021

Removed the note at the beginning of the article: "Nov 19, 2020: Important note about BrandMeister Security." But the note is still available in the 5d) DMR Configuration section of the article.