After two years and one week of service, my Raspberry Pi unit failed early this morning. Inspection of the unit didn’t reveal any damage, so my best guess is that the years of heat and dust simply overcame it.
I’ve ordered a new RPi which should arrive in a few days, but I’m a bit confused as to what exactly I’ll need to do when it arrives. I’ve been reading some other threads started by people who have had to replace their units, and there is all sorts of talk of needing to change a MAC address, claim the new unit, and other things I (embarrassingly) don’t fully understand. I’ve also checked out the very helpful “Build” page (https://flightaware.com/adsb/piaware/build) but that seems geared towards a first-time build, not a unit replacement.
The SD card for my original RPi unit seems unscathed, and it has both my wifi setting and the latest PiAware build installed. My plan is simply to remove it and insert it into the replacement unit. Assuming I do this, what other actions will I need to take in order to have this unit perform just as the previous one did? Will I need to “claim” it as a new receiver, or will it function just as the last RPi did and keep its Site ID and stats? Will I need to do anything with the new MAC address that (please correct me if I am mistaken) will have come with the new RPi unit? Essentially, I’m just looking to pick up where the old unit left off, and make no changes, if that is a possibility.
You have all been wonderfully helpful over the past two years. I’m grateful for that, and for your help here as well. Thanks a bunch!