I am starting up an attempt to create a connected home. Here I will record instructions for some less obvious (to me) actions, where I had to google for more than 2 minutes to succeed.
Set up headless Raspberry Pi
I want to use headless Raspberry Pi, that is no connected keyboard or screen. Connection will be done via SSH.
Create Raspbian SD
I only have an 8 GB micro SD card at hand, so I need the smallest image I can get without much hassle. Currently it’s Raspbian Stretch Lite (download page for the current OS version is here). Using the free Etcher, I burn the image to the SD card.
To enable SSH connection, with the card still mounted in the Mac, create an empty file named
ssh in the SD card root location.
Start up Raspberry
Connect power and network cable (not trying WiFi at the moment). Red and green LEDs (of Raspberry 3) should light up, then only the red one remains on (power on).
After a few moments (within a couple of minutes), the router map of connected devices shows “raspberrypi”, so I can get its IP address. In my case 192.168.1.12.
Connect to Raspberry
To connect via SSH:
ssh firstname.lastname@example.org. It will warn that the key is not known, and ask if I still want to connect. After confirming (I am relatively sure my home network is safe, so I am connecting to this Raspberry), it logs into the Linux CLI of Raspberry. Success!
Raspberry immediately warns me that the default password should be changed using
passwd. Other worthy security-related recommendations can be found here.
I noticed that the time in Raspberry (command
date) was correct but the local time zone was UTC. It can be set using
sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata.
Grafana and InfluxDB
sudo apt–get update
sudo apt–get upgrade
sudo apt-get install influxdb
At this moment http://192.168.1.7:8083/ works!
Grafana for RPi can be taken from https://github.com/fg2it/grafana-on-raspberry/releases:
sudo dpkg -i grafana_4.6.3_armhf.deb
The installer tells how to run grafana:
sudo /bin/systemctl start grafana-server
At this moment http://192.168.1.7:3000 works (shows Grafana login page; use admin/admin to log in)
These two commands:
sudo /bin/systemctl daemon-reload
sudo /bin/systemctl enable grafana-server
might enable auto-start.
sudo apt-get install python3-pip