HotSpot Maintenance - Backing things up and creating a new Pi-Star image.


Background
It’s always good to back up your settings.  If something should go wrong with your HotSpot, it’s always good to have a backup ready to go. These notes are updated from the following YouTube video (all appropriate credit is hereby given):

YouTube Video


How to back up your current pi-star settings.

1.    Login to your Pi-Star.
2.    Go to the configuration page.
3.    Click the Backup/Restore link at the top of the page.
4.    Click on the Download Configuration button to save the zip file to a place on your computer you’ll remember.
5.    It’s a good idea to also apply the latest updates.  This can be done by:

  • Configuration – Expert
  • Select update. Wait for it to finish
  • Select upgrade. Wait for it to finish

How to program a brand new SDCARD for your HotSpot with Pi-Star

1.    Download the latest version of Pi-Star from
https://www.pistar.uk/downloads/

You’ll want the latest file for the Raspberry Pi.  As of today, the filename is: 

Pi-Star_RPi_V4.1.4_08-Feb-2021.zip - 629MB

2.    Create a new directory on your computer’s hard drive.  Unzip the download and place it in this new folder for retrieval later.

3.    You’ll need a new SDCARD or one you can overwrite.  Here’s a link where you can purchase one like the one used in the video:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074B4P7KD/

4.    Insert the SDCard into a FlashCard port of your computer or use a USB dongle that will allow for reading and writing the SDCARD.

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5.    You’ll need to download and install an SDCard ImageWriter that can read and write your SDCARD.  We recommend the free program called

Win32DiskImager.

Download:
https://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/

an alternative is Etcher

        
https://www.balena.io/etcher/

6.    Install one of these programs on your computer.

7.    Execute this program and write the new Pi-Star image to the new SDCARD.

How to Restore your HotSpot to from a backup

Now that you have an SDCARD with PiStar ready to go for the raspberry pi, simply place it in the SDCARD slot of the Pi.

1.    Power the unit.
2.    Find the IP address of your hotspot.  You can use AngryIP scanner or simply log in to your internet router and find the IP address.
3.    Once found, type the IP address in the URL bar of your browser.
4.    This will pull up the login screen of Pi-Star.  You’ll see that it’s not configured.  Log in to Pi-Star.
5.    You then want to click on the Configuration link.
6.    Then Click on Backup / Restore.
7.    Load previously saved configuration.
8.    You’re back in business!