Testers Required – Super Easy…Direct Network Connection

Posted: June 13, 2013 in Guides

I’ve created some scripts to help with the Direct Network Connections, since a number of people have had issues editing the files and getting the Raspberry Pi set-up.

However, I can only perform so much testing on my own, so I was hoping that some of you out there will be kind enough to give it a try.

Super Easy…Direct Network Connection (or so it is hoped!)

As a bonus, there is also a method for sharing the Internet over the direct connection, so if you follow the instructions and the scripts work well the Raspberry Pi should (in theory) be able to share the internet of the connected computer.

The setup would be:

Laptop connected to internet via WiFi, share Wifi using ICS with Wired Connection, use Wired Connection address as Gateway (and part of RPi IP address).

Laptop connected to internet via WiFi, share Wifi using ICS with Wired Connection, use Wired Connection address as Gateway (and part of RPi IP address).




A note for N.O.O.B.S. users:

Users of NOOBS (the New Out Of the Box Software) will have a slightly different SD-Card structure.  Unfortunately, Windows is only able to see the partition which has the NOOBS recovery system on it.  This means if you use NOOBS you can no longer change the CMDLINE.TXT file for the Raspberry Pi by plugging in your SD-Card and changing the files in Windows.  You will still find the /boot/CMDLINE.TXT on the Raspberry Pi in the same location, so you can still use the same scripts for that when running the Raspberry Pi.

If you REALLY need to change the CMDLINE.TXT using windows (because you don’t have another screen/keyboard), then you can use a Linux Live CD or a Virtual Machine to read the SD-Card and change the CMDLINE.TXT as required.  You could even use the Raspberry Pi, assuming you have at least one SD-Card with the direct link enabled on it.

  1. makermate says:

    I tested the cmdline.direct configuration and also used your .bat file for the same while trying to bring up my RPi for the 1st time after installing the Raspbian wheezy OS on the SD card.
    It worked just fine, so thanks a lot! I was able to ping the Pi with the configured IP address and subsequently connected using putty.
    From thereon, to get the Pi’s desktop environment on my laptop, I followed the steps from http://simonthepiman.com/2-10-how_to_view_my_pi_console_on_a_windows_PC.php to install Xming on my Windows 7 laptop. Using Xming X-Windows client, I was able to bring up the Pi’s Desktop environment on my laptop.

  2. Alan McC says:

    Still need help? Let me know.

    • Well no new reports of it not working, except when people are already having networking problems.
      Thanks for the offer of help though.

      At some stage I hope to adjust NOOBs so it is more direct networking friendly in general (just like it should be).

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