Piaware and Wifi only?


#1

Greetings, first post. I started using Piaware on the 10th and love it. I bought a new Pi B+ to use just for Piaware. :smiley:

I had it running perfectly for a couple of days and decided that I wanted to move the Pi closer to the window so I could hang the antenna outside for better reception. I could just get a 30 foot ethernet cable to do this, but I’d rather do it with Wifi. So yesterday I follow the Optional instructions to set up Wifi on the Pi. Works great. So I unplug the ethernet cable from the Pi and everything seems to look fine at first. My live data is still showing on the local web page and piaware-status looks good. BUT, on the FlightAware My ADS-B page I saw that my feed was no longer showing “Live”. I plugged the ethernet cable back in and it’s live again.

Shouldn’t this work with a Wifi connection only? By the way, when I had the ethernet cable out I could ping out from the Pi and all the networking looked good. Just the connection to FlightAware wasn’t working. I’m not sure the make of the Wifi dongle, but I bought it with the Pi.


#2

Ah-ha, since you could ping but it didn’t work, that explains it. Yes, it works fine wi-fi only, but I think perhaps PiAware got confused about how it was connecting to FlightAware. How about you connect and restart PiAware after switching to WiFi only?


#3

I’ll give that a try and report back. I really would like to do the Wifi only thing.


#4

It seems to be working now. Yesterday I had made some changes to /etc/network/interfaces and may have messed something up there. Today I left it alone and it seems to be OK. Thanks!


#5

Just remember that piaware takes its identity from the hardwire MAC address even when running wifi. Check the address on your FA site. It doesn’t hurt anything, just another idiosyncrasy.