New "Software Drive" for HubPiWi Blue.

February 15th, 2017

Good News! We have now made a 'software drive' avalible for the HubPiWi Blue. You can download it here:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zym58s0uazki22t/AAD3QH7E9PFD9cqYHIpD8zdPa?dl=0

Please note a few key things before downloading.

- This is a fresh new version of Raspbian Jessie 5/27/16. (The Newest version is not compatible with the HubPiWi Blue yet). This means that you will have a fresh out of the box version of Raspbian, only slightly modified, so that the HubPiWi Blue can work.

-This is ONLY COMPATIBLE WITH 16 GB!. We made the kernel on a 16GB card. This file will most likely only work with 16 GB cards. We will be making a version for 8GB cards by 2/20/17.

- You will have to write this onto an SD card, like the regular Raspian Jessie. You can use a programmer like Win32 to write the file onto an SD card.

Have a happy time surfing the web on your Pi Zero. 🙂

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How to Fix Two Wifi Issue on HubPiWi Blue

January 30th, 2017

If wlan0 and wlan1 keeps on popping up on your screen,
Then dont worry, we found a fix.

By default, the RealTek Chip will function as a station and an access point simultaneously. If you want it to function as a station only, follow these instructions.

First, open up the command line.
Type in these three commands:

git clone https://github.com/lwfinger/rtl8723bu.git
cd rtl8723bu
nano Makefile

Now a file should pop up. Go to the line that says:
EXTRA_CFLAGS += -DCONFIG_CONCURRENT_MODE. Put a # Infront of that line. This will disable the access point. Now, in the same terminal, type these three lines:

make
sudo make install
sudo modprobe -v 8723bu

This will take around 5 - 10 minutes.

After that,
Type in

Sudo Reboot

After that,

You should have it fixed!

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Issues and Solutions with HubPiWi Blue

January 30th, 2017

We wanted to list out the issues that HubPiWi Blue users are facing at one central place so that we do not have to write the same thing again. You should be able to resolve most of the issues that you are seeing if you go through these steps. You can always contact us if your issues are not resolved.

1. Did you get your USB port working in 1st place

- Before you do any software update or test Wifi, just hook up the HubPiWi blue to the Raspberry Pi Zero with its stock Raspbian Jessie installed. Just connect any USB mouse or Keyboard to any of the USB Port and it should just. If it does not, there is no point of updating the software. Here are the possible issues if you see issue at this stage

A. The Pins are not aligned correctly. The Pogo Pins should NOT be aligned to the side of the Pi Zero that has 40 Pin Connector but opposite to it that has test Pins aligning with the Pogo Pins.

2. Few users have reported that the USB Port will stop working after the update. We are not sure why this happens, but you can try using a high current 2A Power supply to make sure that the Power Supply is not an issue.

3. Some users have reported that the iwconfig command lists out two devices.

With HubPiWi Blue installed and working, give iwconfig command.
- See that it lists two wifi

What you need to do is to set up the device in non concurrent mode.
Step - 1: Run the following commands in the Linux terminal.

git clone https://github.com/lwfinger/rtl8723bu.git
cd rtl8723bu
nano Makefile

Step - 2: Find the line that contains EXTRA_CFLAGS += -DCONFIG_CONCURRENT_MODE and insert a # symbol at the beginning of that line. This comments that line and disables concurrent mode.

Step - 3: Now, run the following commands in the same Linux terminal.

make
sudo make install
sudo modprobe -v 8723bu

For detailed information please see https://github.com/lwfinger/rtl8723bu

"If you want to operate the hardware as a station AND as an access point simultaneously, follow these instructions. This will show two devices when you run the iwconfig command."

This is a section of my reply to one person at kickstarter.

FOllow the following steps

1. Use a fresh SD Card - no updated in the driver. Now install the HubPiWi Blue with the provided screw.

2. Make sure that the Pogo Pins are on the correct side. It should make NOT make contact with the 40 Pin side - but the other side of it.

3. At this point hook a Keyboard or a mouse on one of the USB Ports of the HubPiWi Blue. Make sure it works. If it does not work send me a message and I will send you replacement.

4. If the USB Ports work, you may proceed to install the software for making the Wifi and Bluetooth to work - not that it has no chance to work if you see failure in step 3.

Update

We have just uploaded the file for 16 GB Card - please follow it here http://referencedesigner.com/files/hubpiwiblue_16_gb.zip - Download it and burn on 16 GB SD Card and let us know if it works. The file for 8GB Card is being uploaded shortly.

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Pre-Order NoTixed

January 29th, 2017

We now have NoTixed available for pre-order after our successful run on kickstarter. NoTixed will most likely ship to your doorstep in March ( for US Orders) or latest early 2017 ( for International buyers.

We are shipping it only for newer version of Raspberry Pi 1.3 - that has camera connector. If you have purchased your raspberry Pi Zero 1.3 after May 31, you are more likely having Raspberry Pi 1.3.

Shipping cost for US for  1st Unit is $4 and is $1 for each additional unit. For example - if you are buying 3 Notixed - the shipping cost will be $6.

Shipping cost for outside US for  1st Unit is $7 and is $1 for each additional unit. For example - if you are buying 3 Notixed - the shipping cost will be $9.

Choice 1

US Buyers for NoTixed for Pi Zero 1.3

NoTixed 1.3 - USB Dongle for Pi Zero
NoTixed for Pi Zero 1.3 US Buyers
$4.00

Choice 2

Buyers Outside US for NoTixed for Pi Zero 1.3

NoTixed 1.3 - USB Dongle for Pi Zero
NoTixed for Pi Zero 1.3 Buyers Outside US
$4.00

 

 

NoTixed is NOT supported for the Pi Zero 1.2

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Thank You for Supporting NoTixed!

January 29th, 2017

Thank You to everyone for supporting our kickstarter project NoTixed!

We Raised more than %700 our initial funding goal! Again, thank you for everyone who pitched in.

In total backers pledged for a total of 700 Notixed with details as follow.

Early backers - 20
Single Unit - 62
Two Units - 134 x 2 = 268
Five Units - 72 x 5 = 360

Total - 710

Besides this one backer has paid for 30 units to make it a total of 740 Units.

As per shipping, we are manufacturing our boards in China be be able to sell at the low price we promised on kickstarter. Due to the Chinese New Year however,our manufactures factory's are closed until the 7th February for holidays. We had already placed the order for 1000 boards in batches of 300 and 700 on Jan 25th. However, right after we placed the order, we realized that the factories are closed in China because of the Chinese New Year. This means that we will be getting that first set of 300 boards around Feb 20th in place of Feb 10th that we were expecting.

The first 300 boards are still planned to be shipped in February that we promised. The second set of 700 boards will ship 15 days later.

It is now expected that everyone will receive the boards by March.

All early backers will have their rewards shipped with in a week. All US backers will have their rewards shipped with in 3 weeks, and all international backers with in 15 days due to cheap, but time taking shipping methods.

For those who were not able to back the project on kickstarter, we have a pre order page where you can buy it.

Again, thank you to all of our backers.
Best Regards,
Reference Designers.

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Introducing Notixed - using Pi Zero with your computer

January 8th, 2017

Notixed allows you to use the raspberry Pi Zero simply by hooking it to your desktop or laotop just as you would - any USB device or dongle. The advantage is - you do not need any HDMI display, keyboard and mouse - you leverage the display, kbd and mouse of your desktop or laptop. Moreover, you can also leverage the Wifi of the desktop to access the internet through the Notixed.

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In this blog we will show the changes required to make the notixed work with your computer.

How to Install Driver for NotixED for PiZero

Notixed is an add-on that connects to the Pi Zero. It means no more cables and wires. However, there is a driver you must install. This process should take no more than 15 – 20 minutes.

Materials Required:

1x NotixEd
1x Freshly Burned SD card ( we assume latest version of Raspbian Jessie)
1x Pi Zero
Working Computer

Step One:

First, make sure you have a freshly burned SD card with the latest Raspbian Jessie. There are hundreds of tutorials on how to program a SD card. There’s a link at the bottom of the page on how to install Raspbian Jesse on a micro SD card. There are two files were going to need to change. Cmdline.txt and config.txt.

How to Install Driver for NotixED for PiZero

Notixed is an add-on that connects to the Pi Zero. It means no more cables and wires. However, there is a driver you must install. This process should take no more than 15 – 20 minutes.

Materials:

1x NotixEd

1x Freshly Burned SD card

1x Pi Zero

Working Computer

Step One:

First, make sure you have a freshly burned SD card with the latest Raspbian Jessie. There are hundreds of tutorials on how to program a SD card. There’s a link at the bottom of the page on how to install Raspbian Jesse on a micro SD card. There are two files were going to need to change. Cmdline.txt and config.txt.

Open up config.txt. I will be using Notepad ++ but you can use regular notepad or whatever suits you. Scroll all the way to the bottom and the following text.

dtoverlay=dwc2

Next, open up cmdline.txt Go all the way to the right between “rootwait” and “quiet”. Add the following text:

modules-load=dwc2,g_ether

Save the file and remove the SD card from your computer. Were done with the programming part.

 

 

Step 2:

Now open putty.exe . Ssh into the pi zero by putting in the following command:

raspberrypi.local

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If the command prompt opens prompting for your username, then great! You can skip to step 4. If not, follow step three.

Step Three:

If theres an error message, your device most likely doesn’t recognize the Pi Zero as a Ethernet device. You will most likely have to install Bonjour and/or update your driver software. First,

Install Bonjour. Go to the following site:

https://support.apple.com/kb/DL999?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

Trust me, there’s no virus, its the official apple store. Now, Install bonjour. This is self explanatory. If your having trouble you can follow apples guide on installing bonjour.

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Now, you have to update the driver software. Go to Device Managers. Click under “Network Adapters”. You should see a device called “USB Ethernet/RNDIS Gadget”. Right click it and select “Update Driver”. Next, click “Browse my computer for driver software.”

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Next, click “Let met pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.You should see a box with a picture of a certificate with “USB Ethernet/RNDIS Gadget”. Click “Next”.

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The driver should start installing. This may take 1 -2 minutes. Once it’s done your device should be able to recognize the Pi Zero.

Step Four:

Try to Ssh into the Pi Zero again using Putty again.

The command prompt should now pop up with the following text:

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Login as you usually would into your pi zero. Now,  do the following command:

sudo raspi-config

You should be brought up to a table with multiple options. Select the first one that says “Expand File System”

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Press Enter. You should be exited out of the interference and brought back in a few seconds later. It will ask to reboot the system. Press “Yes”.

Step 5

Next, were going to want WiFi connection to the Pi Zero. If you ping google.com you’re most likely not going to get a notice that says your Pi Zero is not connected to any Internet connection. You’re going to have to have your computer to trust your Pi Zero. To do this, simply go to Network Connections on your computer. The Pi Zero should come up as an Unidentified Network. Below that should be something along the lines of “USB Ethernet/RNDIS Gadget”.

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Now right click on your Wireless Network. Go down to properties. Now go to the sharing tab. Click on the first box that says “Allow other network users to connect through this computers network connection.” Below that should be a box with the option to choose what computer to connect through your network connection. Select your Pi Zero. Exit out of Network Connections.

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Open up putty again. You’re going to want to reboot your Pi Zero using Sudo Reboot. Now reopen putty. Install the following file using this command:

sudo apt-get install XRDP

Once it installs, reboot your Pi Zero.

Step: 7

Now, Open up remote desktop client.

For your computer, type in raspberrypi.local

Now it will ask you for a module. Put in sesman-Xvnc along with your raspberry pi password and username. Login and you should have the GUI interference for your raspberry pi.

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