PiAware v 3.8.1 – Set up a static wireless IP

Raspberry Pi 3b÷ running PiAware v 3.8.1

8 April 2020. How do you setup a static wireless IP for your Raspberry Pi ADS-B SDR receiver, running PiAware v 3.8.1? If you didn’t know, version 3.8.0 has a bug, you must have installed v 3.8.1.

Remove the micro SD memory card from the Raspberry Pi. Insert the card into a card reader or a SD card adapter connected to your laptop/PC.

Locate the piaware-config.txt file found in the drive root. First make a backup version of the file.

Using a text editor, open piaware-config.txt and edit as follows:

Check the wireless network setting, it should read:

wireless-network yes

Check the #Wifi network configuration:, #DHCP or Static: settings which should read as follows:

wireless-type static

wireless-address (note this is my fixed IP selection, make your own according to your router settings)

Save the file and reinsert the micro SD card in the Raspberry Pi card slot. Turn on the Raspberry Pi, wait a few minutes then check the IP allocation shown in your router config. In my case my router reports IP as ‘Permanent’.

..or once PiAware is operational go to PiAware stats page , using your account log in and check the Raspberry Pi static IP. The ‘Site Local IP:’ value should match the wireless-address IP setting listed in the piaware-confix.txt file. If not you have an error in the config file or your router is overriding the static IP option.

If you stuff up or make a mess of the config file revert to the backup copy. Copy and paste the text lines from the config backup copy.

Once the PiAware static IP is working, you can browse the static IP address using your favourite browser on your PC/laptop/notebook /iPad/tablet/smart phone etc.

Good luck 🙂


2 thoughts on “PiAware v 3.8.1 – Set up a static wireless IP

  1. i just set the device MAC address as a static device/fixed IP address on the wifi router side.. (thanks andrew vk3bq)

    • Hi Andrew, my router config doesn’t permit the setup of a fixed IP against a MAC address. The MAC option has been disabled by the manufacturer or the service provide (distributor). The workaround is setting up the Raspberry PI static IP option. Cheers 🙂

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