This how-to uses the piCorePlayer GUI to create a “standard” Wifi setup. To access the piCorePlayer GUI, it needs to be connected to the LAN using wired ethernet. Warning If you have added # Maintained by user to the first line of your wpa_supplicant.conf file, the piCorePlayer GUI will completely ignore your configuration file. It can only be maintained by using a text editor.
Prerequisites piCorePlayer has already been successfully setup.
The preferred method to setup your wifi is through the piCorePlayer Wifi GUI page—see Setup Wifi, but there are situations where adding wpa_supplicant.conf to the boot partition (Using a setup computer) may be the only option. Situations like the following:
You have a Raspberry Pi without built-in wired ethernet so wifi is the only option. You want to use Raspberry Pi’s built-in Wifi. You don’t have wired ethernet available. See what networking options are available on the various models of the Raspberry Pi—see Raspberry Pi.
This project outlines how to build a basic “standalone” piCorePlayer. As it is truly standalone, there is no method to control Squeezelite once the build is complete and disconnected from the network. The only method of playing music is via the LMS auto start command “randomplay tracks”. There is not even a way to start/stop tracks or adjust the volume, pretty useless but it shows the basic starting point.
1. Connect the Raspberry Pi and Initial ConfigurationInsert the SD card into your Raspberry Pi, attach a wired ethernet connection, and plug in the power. Give your Raspberry Pi a minute or so to power up and connect to your local network.
Then look at the boot console. The IP address will be displayed at the end of the boot process.
Or launch Advanced IP Scanner to identify the IP address that has automatically been assigned by your network to the Raspberry Pi via DHCP.
It’s easy to install Logitech Media Server on your piCorePlayer using it’s settings menus. As of this writing, piCorePlayer is installing Logitech Media Server 8.2.0. This is a release branch that does not get nightly updates. If you want to select stable bugfix or development branches, you need to follow these instructions. StepsStep 1Access piCorePlayer via ssh—see Access piCorePlayer via ssh.
Step 2$ cd /tmp
Step 3$ wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/piCorePlayer/lms-update-script/Master/lms-update.sh
Step 1 - Adding an USB Hard Disk - PreparationIf the USB hard disk you are adding is formatted as FAT32 or NTFS you will need to install the “additional Filesystems pack” before you can load and configure the disk.
Note that this step is not required if your disk is formatted as EXT4. Windows users can pre-format such a disk using the free utility MiniTool Partition Manager, and this is in fact what I have done.
How to add a WD Elements SE 4TB USB HDD (USB drive) to piCorePlayer. The object of this “How To” was to grab a standard 4TB USB HDD from the Electronics store and determine what are the steps required to get it mounted on piCorePlayer. To date, I have only be using 1TB and 2TB USB drives which were formatted NTFS and used a MBR. My understanding is for HDD’s greater than 2TB, the MBR is replaced with a GPT.
If you need to add a third partition to a SD card it is recommended you use the piCorePlayer web GUI. This is a lot easier and will do the all calculations for you. It will create a third partition in a consistent manner hopefully improving support. The “Manually add a third partition” instructions have been included for information only. Warning It is recommended that you use an additional USB storage device rather than adding a third partition to the SD card.
piCorePlayer includes the extension net-usb-KERNEL.tcz on the pCP image for those occasions when you have a RPi with a spare USB port but no Ethernet port and want to connect to a wired network. By default this extension is not loaded.
To facilitate a headless install of net-usb-KERNEL.tcz, piCorePlayer looks for a file named netusb on the boot partition.
Step 1 Add an empty file “netusb” to boot partition. This will instruct piCorePlayer to load the appropriate firmware during the boot process.
I’m assuming that you are a Linux noob, like me, and want to connect to a Synology NAS.
You have to configure access at both the NAS and the piCorePlayer LMS.
For the piCorePlayer LMS you need:
A name for the mount point. This will only be used by the piCorePlayer LMS, so I used the name of my Synology NAS. The IP address for the NAS on your local network.
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