Setup Wifi without ethernet

pCP Team 15 August 2020 pCP 5.0.0 Setup • How to

There are situations where these methods will be useful:

  • You have a Raspberry Pi without built-in ethernet (ie. RPi0, RPi0W, RPiA, RPiA+ ).
  • You have a Raspberry Pi with built-in Wifi (ie. RPi0W ,RPi3B, RPi3B+, RPi4B).
  • Wired Ethernet is not available.

Add wpa_supplicant.conf to boot partition on PC

Step 1

Burn image to a SD card—see Burn piCorePlayer onto a SD card.

  Info
Do not eject the SD card as you need to add “wpa_supplicant.conf” to the boot partition.
Step 2

Create a new file, or download a sample wpa_supplicant.conf and modify.

  • Used for quick setup at boot.
  • Can be later maintained via pCP web interface.
  • Do not use special characters.

Type or copy the following using your text editor (ie. Notepad++).

# Maintained by piCorePlayer
ctrl_interface=/var/run/wpa_supplicant
ctrl_interface_group=staff
# Two Character Country Code
country=US
update_config=1

network={
	ssid="yourssid"
	psk="password"
	key_mgmt=WPA-PSK
	auth_alg=OPEN
}
  • User maintains by placing this on the boot disk to update.
  • pCP will not modify in any way.
  • Special Characters are allowed.
# Maintained by user
ctrl_interface=/var/run/wpa_supplicant
ctrl_interface_group=staff
# Two Character Country Code
country=US
update_config=1

network={
	ssid="Your SSID"
	psk="[email protected]"
	key_mgmt=WPA-PSK
	auth_alg=OPEN
}
Step 3

[Save As] the file “DRIVE:\wpa_supplicant.conf” to the boot partition.

On a PC, DRIVE will be the drive letter for your SD card. (ie. F:)

Step 4

Eject SD card.

Step 5

Insert SD card into piCorePlayer.

Step 6

Apply power.

Using setup with keyboard and monitor

  Warning
Setup is not always up-to-date.
Step 1

Login into your piCorePlayer.

login as: tc

password: piCore (default)

piCore login terminal

Step 2

Type setup.

Setup - Important message

Step 3

Click [Continue].

Setup - Main Menu

Step 4

Click [OK].

Setup - Wifi Status Menu

Step 5

Click [No].

Setup - Wifi On Off Menu

Step 6

Click [On].

Setup - Wifi Menu

Step 7

Special Characters are not permitted.

Enter SSID.

Enter Password.

Enter Security.

Click [OK].

Setup - Wifi Status Menu

Step 8

Click [Yes].

Step 9

Click [Exit].

Step 10

Type pcp br.

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