Well, if you have any questions don't be afraid to ask, someone will answer them as best as they can.
Its a little different than what you are probably used too, but there shouldn't be any major issues.
Yeah, RPi's don't actually shut the power off on shutdown. There will always be a solid red LED, there are a few add on boards that give you the ability to cut power automatically on shutdown and if that interests you just ask and I'll provide you with a link to one of them. I guess back when they were developing the first RPi's to keep costs down they never added the parts needed to cut the power and it has been that way ever since.G6WOV wrote: ↑Tue Jun 08, 2021 10:43 pm After about 30 minutes of no change with the Hotspot I clicked back to the Main Menu, then clicking back to Update just returned me to the same point. So I decided to try the Shutdown option, which it went to ok saying that the Shutdown had been sent to the Pi but to wait 30 seconds before removing the Power, but 10 minutes later it was still on.
I often kick off a shutdown command on a RPi and forget about it and leave it plugged in to the outlet for hours and then I can't remember if I ran the shutdown command or not.
Nah, its not an inconvenience, if it was I'd find other things to do with my time.G6WOV wrote: ↑Tue Jun 08, 2021 10:43 pm I have powered it down and we hope to have another go at it tomorrow. If we do have to reimage the SD Card and start from scratch then not to worry as we are learning together. I just hope that I have not caused you all any inconvenience. But if you try to build a fool proof system, some uninitiated person will come along and.... I try to follow the instructions, and my son consults YouTube, but it's fun working together on a project. So every mistake is all part of learning for both of us.
Honestly that would be the best for both of you. Your son would get a killer system, and a RPi 3 is more than enough to run a hotspot. A 10 dollar RPi Zero W is enough. A RPi 4 running a hotspot is just overkill and I'm sure your son would get more use out of it. I've compared it previously to driving a Ferrari down the driveway to the mailbox.G6WOV wrote: ↑Tue Jun 08, 2021 10:43 pm I have a Pi 4 4GB (which my son has already offered to swap his Pi 3 for!), and a Duplex Pi Hat V1.3 (I should have perhaps got a Single Board but I was thinking way too far ahead of myself) We were trying to set it up as a DMR Hotspot for a 70cms Radio (Retirement present that I don't have yet) and my old FT290 (that I now know is not compatible).
I'm sure there are many people that have or will encounter the same struggles, so discussing things benefits everyone.
Check out Toshens KE0FHS information, it helped me tremendously when I was starting a few years ago.