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Can't get to dashboard

Post by KN4UEU » Sun May 12, 2019 8:15 pm

Dealing with a little frustration here. I need to edit psk for my hotspot and can't connect with Pi-Star. I can't connect with http://pi-star.local , can't get to the dashboard at all. I've tried two different computers and my smart phone. Anyone else have this issue, or a solution? I changed my security settings around because Windows didn't like the fact it's not a secure web page still no joy. So, I am unable to use my hotspot and can't get to where I need to be to fix it.

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Re: Can't get to dashboard

Post by KE0FHS » Sun May 12, 2019 8:50 pm

Not many details to go on, but here's a guess. The first time you boot up a Pi-Star hotspot that is running on a Raspberry Pi 3B, Zero W, 3B+, or 3A+, Pi-Star will go into Auto AP mode after a few minutes (this would also happen if you changed the password for your wireless network, invalidating a previous Pi-Star wireless configuration). In that case, you find it by looking in your computer's WiFi settings for a network named Pi-Star-Setup (password is raspberry). Then you can set up your wireless network configuration and reboot.

Alternatively, you can create a wpa_supplicant.conf file and drop it into the microSD card's root directory before booting up.

If that's not the issue you're running into, you'll need to supply more details about your setup and issue.
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Re: Can't get to dashboard

Post by KN4UEU » Sun May 12, 2019 9:11 pm

I can see Pi-Star Setup in my network manager. I am wanting to connect to setup and go to http://pi-star.local and reconfigure the password. The Pi-Star address just brings up a blank page on the three different devices I have attempted to access it with. I am attempting to get to the dashboard and I can't. I don't know if it's my service provider or something else. I don't know what to do next. I have been trying to get this hotspot going for two days and I don't know how to do it without the dashboard.

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Re: Can't get to dashboard

Post by KE0FHS » Sun May 12, 2019 9:41 pm

Alright, so I did understand the issue you're having. Take a look at this and see if it helps you understand how to use Auto AP in order to configure your wireless network in Pi-Star:
https://amateurradionotes.com/images/2- ... uto_AP.pdf
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Re: Can't get to dashboard

Post by KN4UEU » Sun May 12, 2019 10:17 pm

Yes, this helps me understand the process, but it doesn't help me connect to Pi-Star dashboard. I can't access Pi-Star dashboard from any of my devices. http://pi-star.local brings up a blank page on three different computers that I have access to. Windows seem's to not like it because it's not a secure site. I even lowered all my security settings, but it will not work. I can get to the home page of Pi-Star where the images are available for download, but not the dashboard.

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Re: Can't get to dashboard

Post by KE0FHS » Sun May 12, 2019 10:47 pm

Very strange. The only thing I can think of is that some radio/modem boards require the WPA or WPA2 security standard, and won't work with WEP.

You might also try an IP scanner app. There's one for Windows called https://www.advanced-ip-scanner.com/. Then you can try connecting via the IP address.

But the simplest thing to do might well be to manually create a wpa_supplicant.conf file and copy it into the root directory of the microSD card. See:https://amateurradionotes.com/pi-star-notes.htm#wifi
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Re: Can't get to dashboard

Post by M1DNS » Mon May 13, 2019 6:14 am

Drop the .local

http://pi-star

Ensure ur typing into the address bar not the search bar.
If ur going to the pistar webpage, sounds like ur entering the text into the latter.

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Re: Can't get to dashboard

Post by AF6VN » Mon May 13, 2019 4:50 pm

KN4UEU wrote:
Sun May 12, 2019 9:11 pm
I can see Pi-Star Setup in my network manager.
And did you then tell your host to connect to THAT access point (and not your regular WiFi router)? You will NOT have INTERNET connectivity during this connection.

If you have, and provided its WiFi WPA2 password, and still can't connect using http://pi-star.local, try just http://pi-star (which seems to be how Windows manages "local" names). If that, too, doesn't take, try using the IP # itself.

https://amateurradionotes.com/pi-star.htm#stepc
Note: On some mobile devices, the url won't work. In that case, you can try the Auto AP mobile IP address: 192.168.50.1

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Re: Can't get to dashboard

Post by KE0FHS » Mon May 13, 2019 7:13 pm

AF6VN wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 4:50 pm
And did you then tell your host to connect to THAT access point (and not your regular WiFi router)? You will NOT have INTERNET connectivity during this connection.
That's a really important point. Good eye, thanks for catching that, Dennis!

When you're using Auto AP, you're creating a new wireless network that is directly between your computer (or mobile device) and your hotspot's access point, and it doesn't involve your home wireless network at all (or guest wireless network, when you're traveling). And you only do it in order to enter the home or guest wireless network login credentials into Pi-Star on the Configuration page > Wireless Configuration. As soon as the login credentials are entered, you reboot your hotspot so that it can now connect to your home or the guest wireless network. While it's rebooting, you disconnect your computer from the Auto AP network (Pi-Star-Setup), and reconnect it to the regular home or guest wireless network. After the hotspot has had tome to fully reboot, you can then connect to the Pi-Star dashboard in your computer's browser via the home or guest wireless network.

Here's what it looks like visually:
1. Before hotspot is booted up for the first time:
Computer <=========> Home or Guest Wireless Network

2. When hotspot is booted up for the first time and (after 3 minutes or so) the Auto AP access point is activated:
Computer <=========> Hotspot (with Pi-Star-Setup Auto AP access point activated)
(At this point, the computer should NO LONGER be connected to the Home or Guest Wireless Network; instead, you should connect it directly to the hotspot's access point, and should be running the Pi-Star Dashboard in its browser via http://pi-star.local/ for Mac or Win 10 computers, or http://pi-star/ for older Win computers. Note that in some cases, it's important to include the trailing slash.)

3. After the home or Guess wireless network login credentials have been entered into Pi-Star's Wireless Configuration and the hotspot has been rebooted:
Computer <=========> Home or Guest Wireless Network <=========> Pi-Star Hotspot
(At this point, the computer should be reconnected to the Home or Guest Wireless Netwok, then should be connected to the hotspot via that wireless network, and should be running the Pi-Star Dashboard in its browser via http://pi-star.local/ for Mac or Win 10 computers, or http://pi-star/ for older Win computers. Note that in some cases, it's important to include the trailing slash.)

It's usually not a problem, but sometimes it might help to clear the browser's cache between steps 2 and 3, and it might even be helpful to reboot the computer.
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