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    2019 - PI24 (Image) QuickStart Guide

    STEP-1: Download Necessary Software

    1.1 - Download PI24 image (zip) on your Desktop/Laptop


    1.2 - Download and Install Win32DiskImager (Windows) OR Etcher (Win & Mac). Only one of these two softwares is enough. No need to download and install both.


    STEP-2: Prepare microSD Card

    2.1 - Insert microSD Card in your Desktop/Laptop’s card slot (or use a card reader plugged into USB Port).

    2.2 - Unzip downloaded PI24 file to get .img file.

    2.3 - Write the unzipped Pi24 image to microSD Card using Win32DiskImager or Etcher.


    STEP-3 : Enable WiFi
    If you want your Pi to connect to local network/internet using a wired connection to router, skip this step.
    If you want your Pi to connect to local network/internet using WiFi, enable Wifi as given below.
    Use only one connection at a time, either wired or WiFi.
    It is not recommended to use both simultaneously


    3.1 - After image is written, and while the microSD Card is still in the Laptop/Desktop, open File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac), and open the microSD card.

    NOTE:
    If you have used Etcher, it will automatically eject the microSD card after writing the image.
    Physically remove the microSD card or USB adapter and plug it back into the computer before you carry-out steps below.


    3.2 - The microSD card will appear with name "boot" as shown in screenshot below.
    PI24 - microSD in Windows - 1.png


    3.3 - Open the drive named "boot". This will open the /boot folder of PI24. In this folder create a new text file, as shown in screenshot below

    PI24 - microSD in Windows - 3.png



    3.4 - Open the text file using Notepad (Windows) or TextEdit (Mac)
    In the opened text file, copy-paste following text:

    Code:
    country=CA
    ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev
    update_config=1
    
    network={
        ssid="YOUR_SSID"
        psk="YOUR_PASSWORD"
    }
    Replace:
    • CA by two letter code for your country e.g. GB for UK, US for USA, DE for Germany, FR for France, SE for Sweden, CH for Switzerland, NL for Netherland, AU for Australia, NZ for New Zealand, etc etc. (click here for complete list)

    • YOUR_SSID by your router’s wifi ssid

    • YOUR_PASSWORD by your router’s wifi password.

    3.5 - Save file.

    3.6 - Change the name of file from "New Text Document.txt" to "wpa_supplicant.conf"

    NOTE: If your Desktop/Laptop does not show file extensions, the newly created file "New Text Document" will NOT show .txt extension at the end, as shown in screenshot below.


    PI24 - microSD in Windows - 3.png

    In the case of hidden extension .txt, even after you change file name to "wpa_supplicant.conf" its full name will be "wpa_supplicant.conf.txt" with ".txt" not visible. If the file has a hidden extension .txt, it will not enable wifi.

    Configure Windows File Explorer to show file extensions as shown in the screenshots below:

    PI24 - microSD in Windows - 4.png


    Now change the name of file "New Text Document.txt" to "wpa_supplicant.conf", as shown in screenshot below:

    PI24 - microSD in Windows - 5.png




    STEP-4: First Boot of RPI
    Eject & remove microSD card from card reader, insert into RPi, power up the RPi.



    STEP-5: ACTIVATION

    IMPORTANT:
    Both the RPi and your computer (from which you visit the activate page) should be on same Local Network (router) when activating.

    Go to activate page linked below, and follow instruction to activate your Feeder Station.

    https://www.flightradar24.com/activate-raspberry-pi

    NOTE:
    The activation page often malfunctions, and does not list your Pi. Instead it sends you to another page which instructs to SSH into your Raspberry Pi and execute this command:

    sudo bash -c "$(wget -O - https://repo-feed.flightradar24.com/install_fr24_rpi.sh)"

    Do not use the above command. It often fails without completing activation process due to GPG key problem.
    Instead use the command given below.
    This command completes Signup and Activation process without any problem.

    Code:
    fr24feed --signup
    Please SCROLL DOWN and see:
    (1) STEP-8: Access and control of RPi from Desktop/Laptop using SSH
    (2) Post #2: Install PuTTY for SSH
    (3) Post #3: IP Finder

    Use of SSH eliminates the need to connect a Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse to your RPi.

    It will ask you to enter your details (email, latitude, longitude, antenna height etc)
    Step 1.1 - Enter your email address (username@domain.tld)
    After completing above details, you will then reach following stage.
    Supply inputs as shown in red:

    Step 4.1 - Receiver selection (in order to run MLAT please use DVB-T stick with dump1090 utility bundled with fr24feed):

    1 - DVBT Stick (USB)
    -----------------------------------------------------
    2 - SBS1/SBS1er (USB/Network)
    3 - SBS3 (USB/Network)
    4 - ModeS Beast (USB/Network)
    5 - AVR Compatible (DVBT over network, etc)
    6 - microADSB (USB/Network)
    7 - SBSx via Basestation (localhost:30006)


    Enter your receiver type (1-7)$: 1
    Checking for dump1090...FOUND

    Step 4.3 - Enter your additional dump1090 arguments or leave empty
    $:

    Step 5.1 - Would you like to enable RAW data feed on port 30002 (yes/no)$: no

    Step 5.2 - Would you like to enable Basestation data feed on port 30003 (yes/no)$: no


    Step 6A - Please select desired logfile mode:
    0 - Disabled
    1 - 48 hour, 24h rotation
    2 - 72 hour, 24h rotation
    Select logfile mode (0-2)$: 1


    Step 6B - Please enter desired logfile path (/var/log/fr24feed):
    $:

    Saving settings to /etc/fr24feed.ini...OK
    Settings saved, please run "sudo systemctl restart fr24feed" to use new configuration.

    pi@raspberrypi:~ $ sudo systemctl restart fr24feed

    STEP-6: Checks

    NOTE:
    At the time of conduction following checks, both the RPi and your Desktop/Laptop should be on same Local Network (router).
    The IP-of-Pi used below will be something like 192.168.0.21 and can be found as shown in step 7.1 below.

    6.1 - Check Status in PuTTY

    Code:
    pi@raspberrypi:~ $ fr24feed-status 
    
    [ ok ] FR24 Feeder/Decoder Process: running.
    [ ok ] FR24 Stats Timestamp: 2019-07-21 23:10:34.
    [ ok ] FR24 Link: connected [UDP].
    [ ok ] FR24 Radar: T-CYYZ88.
    [ ok ] FR24 Tracked AC: 51.
    [ ok ] Receiver: connected (1047 MSGS/0 SYNC).
    [ ok ] FR24 MLAT: ok [UDP].
    [ ok ] FR24 MLAT AC seen: 29.
    6.2 - Check Status in Browser of your Desktop/Laptop

    6.2.1 - To check that feeder is working OK, open your browser and type following address and press Enter Key.

    IP-of-Pi:8754


    6.2.2 - To check that dump1090 is working OK, open your browser and type following address and press Enter Key.

    IP-of-Pi/dump1090/


    STEP-7: SETTINGS & CONFIGURATION
    To check settings (or modify settings if needed), open your browser and type following address and press Enter Key.

    IP-of-Pi:8754/settings.html

    See below screenshot of settings page
    Pi24 Settings.png


    STEP-8: Access and control of RPi from Desktop/Laptop using SSH

    8.1 - Find the Local IP address of your RPi. The IP is similar to 192.168.0.21.

    You can find Local IP of your RPi by any one of the following methods:
    (a) Login to your router's settings page and find the list of connected devices with their IP addresses.

    (b) Use software "Angry IP Scanner" (for Windows & Mac)
    https://angryip.org/download/
    (see post #3 below for screenshots)

    (c) Use software Advanced IP Scanner (Windows)
    http://www.advanced-ip-scanner.com/
    (see post #3 below for screenshots)


    8.2 - Install SSH Software

    8.2.1 - Mac:
    No need to install any software. Use Mac's Terminal to SSH to RPi
    Launch the Terminal application. Terminal is found in /Applications/Utilities/ directory but you can also launch it from Spotlight by hitting Command+Spacebar and typing “Terminal” and then return
    In terminal type following and hit return key.
    (Replace 192.168.0.21 by your RPi's actual IP address)
    Code:
    ssh pi@192.168.0.21
    login as : pi
    password : raspberry

    8.2.2 - Windows:
    Install PuTTY on your Windows computer to SSH to RPi
    Download page: https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~...ty/latest.html

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    Please see next 2 posts for PuTTY and IP Address Finders.
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    Install PuTTY

    Download from:
    https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~...ty/latest.html


    Screenshots for Post Installation Steps:
    PuTTY-3.png PuTTY-4.png PuTTY-5A.png PuTTY-6A.png


    login as : pi
    password : raspberry



    Howto Copy-Paste Text To / From PuTTY

    How to Copy-Paste To or From PuTTY.png
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    IP ADDRESS FINDERS

    Advanced IP Scanner (Windows)
    http://www.advanced-ip-scanner.com/
    Advance IP Scanner.png

    Angry IP Scanner (Windows & Mac)
    https://angryip.org/download/
    Angry IP Scanner.png
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