Initial Setup


Now that you have your image in your pi, it is time to turn the power on.

You have to make sure your pi is plugged into a network cable with internet access or the Repeater Application will refuse to start

While the Pi is booting, there will be quite a bit of rubbish on the screen. Take no notice of any of it.

There are warnings as things have been turned off that either waste CPU or are not needed.

You also need your dongle plugged in so it can see it.

Web interface(Edit)

From VKLink version 2, you can simply use a web browser to configure the node.

After your node has booted up, within 10 minutes it will report its internal IP address to our server.

You go to and it should come up with all of your nodes registered to your IP address.

Simply click on the internal IP address and you will go to a browser window where you can log in.

To log in to the Node,

  1. Username is pi, and
  2. Password is raspberry

Once this is entered, after a short pause, the vksetup menu will load:

From here on you need to use the arrow keys on your keyboard (remember those!) to navigate around.

Skip the next step and go to Network Configuration

Login Screen(Edit)

When it has finished booting, if there is a network connection available and it can see the VKLink server, it will have something like this:

Loading DAHDI Hardware modules:

Running dahdi_cfg: done..
My IP address is XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX

Raspbian GNU/Linux 7 raspberrypi tty1

raspberrypi login:

Take Note of the IP address

To login to the Pi,

  • Username is pi (yes case sensitive), and
  • Password is raspberry (again case sensitive).

If all has gone well, you will be logged in and sitting in the /home/pi folder.

We now have to log in as a SUPER USER. Be very careful what you are doing here as lots of damage can be done.

To log in as the superuser, at the prompt type:

{sudo su}

Network Configuration(Edit)

Now we need to use the Main Setup Menu to configure the initial options for your Pi.

Only what we need to cover here will be covered. To see the Full Menu, see Main Setup Menu.

To Access the Main Setup Menu, at the prompt type:


A screen like so will pop up:

Press Enter to continue. If you are not logged on as super user, or the repeater application is not running, you will receive an error accordingly.

You will then be presented with a main menu:

Scroll down (yes you have to use keys, not a mouse or finger!) to Advanced Stuff and press Enter.

You will now see:

Scroll down to Edit the Network interfaces, and press Enter

You will now have a file open similar to this:

auto lo

iface lo inet loopback
iface eth0 inet dhcp

auto eth0
#iface eth0 inet static
#your static IP
#your gateway IP
#your network address "family"

allow-hotplug wlan0
auto wlan0
iface wlan0 inet manual
wpa-roam /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
iface default inet dhcp

What needs to be done here, is the

iface eth0 inet dhcp
needs to be commented out (put a # in front of it),

and the static stuff needs to be uncommented and changed to your network.

The easiest way to do this is go to another computer and type ipconfig in a windows command prompt, or ifconfig in a Linux terminal.

At the very least we need an address, gateway and netmask. Set these, Press, Ctrl-X, y, Enter to save the changes. It now look something like this:

auto lo

iface lo inet loopback
#iface eth0 inet dhcp

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static
#your static IP
#your gateway IP
#your network address "family"

allow-hotplug wlan0
auto wlan0
iface wlan0 inet manual
wpa-roam /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
iface default inet dhcp

You will now be back in the menu.


Scroll down to Change the Timezone, Press Enter.

Follow the prompts to change the timezone to the correct timezone. Either UTC or Australian time.

And Finally,

Expanding the SD Card(Edit)

Scroll down to Expand the SD Card, and Press Enter.

Follow the prompts. Then Exit out of the menu system and it will ask you to reboot. Allow this to happen.

At this point you can also change the default password. Write it down.

Now that the Pi has a static IP address you can SSH into it via Winblows using Putty, or Terminal in Linux.

Requesting a Node Number(Edit)

Now is the time to log into the forum and request a node number.

There is still more things to do while waiting for your node number.

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