My WiFi adapter for the Raspberry Pi arrived, and I finally got the time to sit down and play with it. As you can see above, I bought a spare keyboard/mouse combo, and a little second-hand TV to make programming the Raspberry Pi really easy.
The raspberry Pi itself is hidden inside that black box on the desk, which I call my “Box of tricks”. It’s full of other cool gadgets too, which you can see here.
It was a piece of cake to connect to the internet: It found our house connection, I entered the password, and that’s it. I had one problem however with my little “KP-810-10A” wireless keyboard. The mouse pointer was always down the bottom of the screen. No matter what I did, the mouse pointer was stuck at the bottom, and I could only move it side to side.
I found a really simple solution however: move the wireless keyboard’s USB adapter onto the top plug. I don’t know why, but this solved the problem and now I can use my wireless keyboard every time without the mouse getting stuck at the bottom of the screen. If you have this problem, try this solution and write in the comments below if this works for you too.
While I was waiting for my WiFi adapter to arrive, I noticed that the end had snapped on my yellow RCA cable. It turns out that my cheap cable was actually a plastic prong with a thin metal film, not all metal like I assumed. Made in China strikes again!
I replaced the cable with a new one, and positioned the box of tricks so that it shouldn’t snap in the future. I also plugged the “Aux Audio in” into the car’s TV screen, so that I can play podcasts or watch YouTube videos with sound and video in the car.
All that was left to do was to turn on the “Wireless hotspot” option on my phone, and to tell the Raspberry Pi to connect to it.
Woohoo! My car is connected to the Internet! Now while I’m waiting for my wife at shopping centres, or maybe warming up the car in the morning, I can relax and check my emails without squinting into my phone, or just browse the Internet.
This is awesome, but only the beginning as I still have quite a bit of learning to do. First of all, I need to manually change the Raspberry Pi’s video resolution to fit the screen better which won’t be too hard. Then I need to create a very basic program to connect automatically to my phone’s WiFi signal as soon as the car & computer starts up. That also shouldn’t be difficult.
This should open up a whole new world of car connectivity. From here on I can create all kinds of stuff – maybe even voice-controlled commands while driving. Cool huh?
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