Setup Domoticz on a Raspberry PI with a Windows machine.

Before we start, make sure that you have the following appliances and software :

Hardware:

  •         Raspberry PI & powering unit
  •         Micro SD card (Minimal Class 10 & minimal 4 GB) & Micro SD card reader
  •         Free network port on router
  •         Windows PC

Software :

Preparing the Micro SD Card

  1. Plug the MicroSD card in a card reader and plug this in a free USB port on your Windows machine.
  2. Make Note of the the Disk number( In our case E: ).
  3. Download the Win32DiskImager and install it ( https://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/ )
  4. Download and save the Meek-Domoticz on an easy accessible location
  5. Open Win32DiskImager
  6. Select the correct Disk as noted in bullet 2)
  7. Select the Meek-Domoticz file
  8. Press Write
  9. Grab a cup of coffee and wait till the image is completely written on the MicroSD card.
  • This Image is been created as as follows :
  • Download and and write image “
    RASPBIAN STRETCH LITE 2017-11-29” on SD card with Win32DiskImager
  • If you encounter errors writing the above image :
    • open “diskmgmt.msc” (Windows start button and type : diskmgmt.msc ) to see what might causing the error.
    • Please make note that if you make changes in the wrong partition, you may corrupt your Windows system and/or lose data on your storage devices !!!
    • In my case, removing all the partitions on the SD card, and make a complete new FAT32 partitions, give me a good results of writing the above mentioned image without an issue.
  • Enabled SSH by placing an empty file named SSH on the root partition
  • Power up and attach Raspberry on your local network and scan for the IP address of Raspberry with Advanced IP Scanner
  • Point Putty with SSH to the IP address found above
  • Login with user : pi
  • Password : raspberry
  • Type : sudo raspi-config
  • Expand file system by selecting <7 Advanced Options> –  <A1 Expand Filesystem>
  • Change Time Zone by selecting <4 Localisation Options> – <I2 Change Timezone>
  • Update <8 Update>
  • If you like, you can make additional changes.
  • Select <Finish>
  • type “ sudo reboot “
  • Re-Login with Putty (just like above)
  • Install Domoitz by typing “ curl -L install.domoticz.com | sudo bash “
  • afterwards type “ cd domoticz “ followed by typing “ ./updatebeta “
  • Install mosquito (MQTT) by typing “ sudo apt-get install mosquitto mosquitto-clients ”

Obtaining the IP address of Raspberry PI/Domoticz instance

  1. Plug the MicroSD card in the Raspberry PI
  2. Connect the Raspberry PI to your rooter
  3. Power on the Raspberry by connecting the power unit
  4. Download and install/Execute Advanced IP Scanner ( https://www.advanced-ip-scanner.com/ )
  5. Press Scan button and make note of the IP of the “ raspberrypi “
  6. Open your browser and point to the IP address obtained in the previous step with the addition of the port number :8080. In our situation 192.168.0.63:8080
  7. Never power off a Linux system without properly shutting it down. To shutdown the RPI with  Putty “sudo poweroff“ or in Domoticz Goto – – , wait for a minute and (till the lights completely stop blinking) and only then, unplug the power cable from the Raspberry.

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