Advanced Wifi Configuration

Setup Wifi when no Ethernet Connection is available:
  1. Create a new RemoteTx SD Card using Etcher as outlined in the Start Up instructions:
  2. Put the new SD Card in the Raspberry Pi and boot it by applying power. Let it run for at least 2 minutes.
    This allows the RTx image to expand to the size of the SD Card you have chosen.
  3. After the the Pi has been running for 2 minutes unplug the power and put the SD Card back in your computer.
    (The green light should only be flickering occationally.)
    It is important that the file of step #6 is not copied until after this first initial boot has been done.
  4. Copy your ‘remotetx.conf’ license file to the /boot folder of the SD Card.
  5. Create a new file with ‘Notepad‘ or a text editor and name it exactly ‘wpa_supplicant.conf’ (without the quotes). Copy the text lines from #6 below into it and save it to the /boot folder of the SD Card. (Make sure the file ends in .conf not .txt)
  6. Contents of ‘wpa_supplicant.conf’: (You can also download it in a zip file at: wpa_supplicant.conf.zip)

    ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev
    update_config=1
    country=US
    network={
    ssid="NETWORK_NAME"
    psk="NETWORK_PASSWORD"
    priority=1
    }

  7. Replace NETWORK_NAME and NETWORK_PASSWORD with your wifi credentials and save to /boot.
  8. Put the SD Card back in the Pi and power it up to boot it.
  9. After a minute or two the RemoteTx Pi should attached to your wifi network and will be reachable at:
    https://call-sign.remotetx.net
  10. Steps 5-8 can be repeated any time you want to setup wifi without using the RemoteTx web interface. It is not necessary to start with a new SD card. All wifi settings will be replaced with the new file.
Disable onboard wifi to use external USB wifi interface:
  1. Put the Pi SD Card in a PC or Mac.
  2. Open the ‘config.txt’ file in the /boot folder of SD Card.
  3. Add to bottom of file:
    dtoverlay=pi3-disable-wifi
  4. Save and put the SD Card back in the Pi and boot it.
  5. You can now plug in a USB wifi adapter that is supported by Raspian and it will be active instead of the on board Pi wifi. This is useful when the Pi is a great distance from the wifi access point and needs to have a stronger signal from a more powerful USB wifi adapter.