Remember, all you need to do, is download the zipped version of the image
that is most suitable for your Pi / Single Board Computer, Unzip the
download, and then flash the image to your SD card (using your prefered
image writing tool - see links below for some basic instructions), boot the
Pi, wait 30-40 secs and then login to the admin portal in order to finish
the setup your Pi-Star.
For help getting started, see this *EXCELLENT* video by Craig (W1MSG): Here
Windows Imaging Guide: Here
Mac OS Imaging Guide: Here
Linux Imaging Guide: Here
Default Username: pi-star
Default Password: raspberry
For support, please check out our Facebook Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pistar/
And the Wiki: http://wiki.pistar.uk.
See below for a screenshot of the Pi-Star Dashboard
and below that for the changelog
"RPi" images are for Raspberry Pi Foundation hardware (Raspberry Pi).
"NanoPi" images are for Friendlyarm "Nano Pi Neo" and "Nano Pi Neo Air".
"OdroidXU4" images are for Odroid "XU 3" and "XU 4".
18-Aug-2017 **Version 3.4.3**
Dashboard config hardening - there have been reports of
issues with the configuration page on the dash
failing when submitting any charicters that are not
alphanumeric. The code has now been hardened to
take care of those edge cases and just clean up
when you do enter charicters that it cannot cope
P25 SelfOnly - P25 is getting the same Public / Private
protection mode as D-Star and DMR. All credit to
Jonathan (G4KLX), although there are some Pi-Star
patches for it with a pull request submitted upstream.
Dashboard fixes - various small fixes to the dashboard
to help reduce the errors logged in the webserver
Testing USB Max Current - Pi-Star never had this option
set, I suspect this may be the cause of some of
the issues with some USB modems.
Modem support improved - better support for the DV-Mega
on Arduino modems, plus seperated ZUMspot modem
options out in preperation for auto firmware
updates that are coming later.
09-Aug-2017 **Version 3.4.3**
This one is a game changer, not only does it have the
new, on-board information from BrandMeister,
able to show you what TGs / REFs you have connected
by getting the information directly from the BM
network, but also...
From this version forwards, *FULL* updates are available.
This means that from here on, there should be
further reduction in the number of times you ever
need to write an image.
This is going to be a manual process for the
remains of the 3.4.x train, with plans for full
automatic coming later!
29-Jul-2017 **Version 3.4.2**
Many Dashboard updates adding to existing features and
also re-skinning and fixing up the existing
"expert mode" editors.
Added stm32flash to the base image, this is going to
used later for flashing the ZumSpot hardware
in place, although I am not completely ready
for this yet, this is a step in the right
DMR_Hosts.txt is now updated automatically on a daily
shedule, same as the D-Star host files for
ircDDBGateway. In addition some local over
ride files are now placed in /root for both
D-Star hosts and for DMR hosts.
13-Jul-2017 **Version 3.4.1 Respin**
Rasbian released an update to nginx (the webserver used on
Pi-Star - this update breaks the install on Pi-Star
and casuse the dashboard to fail to be available.
This is a pre-fixed version of the image, with an
improved version of the update tool to make sure
we never get hit by this again.
03-Jul-2017 **Version 3.4.1**
Many updates to the Pi-Star Dashboard...
The dashboard follows a rolling release, and is updated
OS Updated as of 03-Jul-2017 including the Kernel updates etc.
Again the OS also follows a rolling release, so you will
have all of these updates without needing to replace your
PiStar-Remote now included, this brings back the RF control options
for your Pi-Star, similar to those available with the older
DStarRepeater software, in this release options include:
RF Killswtich to stop the MMDVMHost process
Service restart for MMDVMHost
Reboot of your Pi
Shutdown is deliberatly missing, this could cause abuse
issues for repeater keepers, contact me directly if
you need guidance on adding your own commands.
16-Jun-2017 **Version 3.4.0 Respin**
No changes in base, just pre-updated with all the leatest updates.
09-Jun-2017 **Version 3.4.0**
After investigating an issue with XRF D-Star Reflectors and why
a Pi-Star user had problems connecting to them with Pi-Star
but could connect without issue on his OpenSpot, I found that
the OpenSpot uses a different connectivity method, one that
is less likly to cause network issues due to the outbound
nature of its connection method. So Pi-Star has also adopted
the same setup. Thanks OpenSpot guys!
Update code for the hosts files has been improved to reduce the chance
of it wiping the hosts files out if they cant be downloaded.
Hand's Off WiFi now included. This means you can put the file containing
your WiFi information "wpa_supplicant.conf" into the Pi-Star boot
folder that is accessible when you create the image, and when the
Pi-Star boots it will auto connect to your WiFi. This does assume
that you have a backed up file to restore, but I hope it will
help some of you.
Raspberry Pi Zero W WiFi support out of the box, this required the
Raspberry Pi boot code to be updated.
Hand's Off Config restore, so if you are updating the SD Card image
and you have a backup of your config form the Pi-Star dashboard
you can just drop the ZIP file of your backup into the 'boot'
partition and when your Pi-Star boots up, it will autoconfigure
itslef using your backup.
The issues I have been having with Cron are finally 100% cured in 3.4.0
I was pretty sure I had already fixed this, but there were still
some gremlins that are now cleaned up.
Added CPU temp support in Farenheight.
Official support for the FriendlyArm NanoPi Neo / Nano Pi Neo Air.
26-May-2017 **Version 3.3.9**
The CRON daemon was misconfigured, after some work on it, cron is
now working the way it should again.
Dashboard has a number of fixes in it, so as usual the base OS and
dashboard are updated to the latest and greatest versions.
WiFi Connection software has been re-written in the dashboard, this
has the impact of making it more easy to connect to WiFi from
the config portal in the dashboard.
Shutdown / Reboot Buttons added to the dashboard.
Service restart / Log clean up (that was previously handled by
logrotate, had been replaced with a custom daily script to
help mittigate the shortcomings of logrotate.
Factory-Reset option had some broken settings; fixed these up and
removed the insanity :)
Removed some breakage from the YSFGateway config where it would drop
the connected reflector after 10 mins no matter what, this
turned out to be related to the onboard firewall dropping
the ACK packets coming back form the connected gateway.
Given that the above was a problem, I went bug hunting in the P25
gateway daemon too, and have tried to make sure that the
same bug will not cause issues with that.
Swapped the default mode to MMDVMHost for new images - now when you
setup a brand new Pi-Star it will select MMDVMHost by
default (changeable of course).
Removed the broken duplex setup that put every new Pi-Star in Duplex
mode if you didn't spot it in the dashboard.
Config backup / restore option added to the dash, to make upgrades
between Pi-Star versions pain free.
22-May-2017 **Version 3.3.8**
It's Unusual for me to do a release at the start of the week, but this
release addresses a bug introduced a few releases back that can
cause the update process to fail to reposond in the web
browser, the update process works in the background but no
information is displayed in the browser window. There is a fix
for this avilable here: PiStar Wiki.
Apart from the above update, the latest Dashboard build is included.
19-May-2017 **Version 3.3.7**
Changes to the update system to simplify the process, every host file
had its own seperate update script, this ment keeping lots of
seperate scripts up to date, now I have one script to update them
all, with more of the complex work happening on the back end.
ircDDBGateway's service unit/init files updated, ircDDBGateway will now
only run when you require D-Star Networking.
Update includes latest 20170519 Dashboard and all OS related updates
13-May-2017 **Version 3.3.6**
The Base images has the latest OS patches, but most importantly I
found that I had not installed Samba after the update to
Jesse-Lite, so name resolution of "pi-star" for windows
users has been broken for some time. Samba re-added and
This release contains the newest build of the dashboard (13-May-2017).
02-May-2017 **Version 3.3.5**
This release has the current OS updates pre-applied, along with the
most recent build of the dashboard (20170501).
No significant changes to the base - if you are running Pi-Star 3.3.3
or newer already there is no need to upgrade to this release.
20-Apr-2017 **Version 3.3.4**
This release only incorporates dashboard changes, if you are already
running Pi-Star, there is no need to update. The included
updates provide a slightly improved experiance when running
through the configuration for the first time.
18-Apr-2017 **Version 3.3.3**
Large number of changes on the back end, improving P25 and YSF modes.
P25 Parrot added and fixed up.
YSF Parrot added and fixed up.
Dashboard modifications to enable better support of YSF.
Dashboard modifications to enable better support of P25.
16-Apr-2017 **Version 3.3.2**
Minor update process revision to fix a bug with kernel updates.
Removed Hostfile update dependence on any other servers than
Fixed some minor bugs in P25 mode, P25 still needs some work, but
the network setup for P25 is nolonger broken.
Fixed some bugs in the firewall code stopping P25Gateway from being
able to make outbound connections.
01-Apr-2017 **Version 3.3.1**
Minor system updates including small modifications to the way the
OS updates are handled to improve relyability.
10-Mar-2017 **Version 3.3.0**
Re-written update process - OS Updates are done automatically every
night, without user intervention - your security assured.
Dashboard is now updatable without the need for re-imaging your Pi.
Much like the OS update process, no user intervention is
required, the Dash will update over night, but there is also
an update option within the dashboard too.
Onboard Software auto updated, much the same way as the above, the
radio software is also now updated. I will roughly track a
weekly release cycle with MMDVMHost unless there is a major
reason to release more / less often than that.
Hostfiles used by ircDDBGateway have been radically over-hauled,
all host-names are pre-resolved to IP addresses to speed up
the load time for ircDDBGateway, this has made a huge
improvement to the load time, files are updated (and re-
From this point on, Dashboard updates / OS Updates / Radio software
updates are all automatic, this should reduce the need for me
to release new Pi Images, and reduce the need for you to keep
pace with the update cycle.
04-Mar-2017 **Version 3.2.12**
3.2.11 with its new ability to connect to US-Trust repeaters, caused
an interesting (if you like that kind of thing) bug that
make starting the ircDDBGateway software to take a LONG time
to start up, how long depended on your internet connection.
for some users, it was just a little slow, for others it
would take 30 mins or more.
This has now been resolved, while maintaining the ability to
connect to US Trust repeaters, and while I was at it I was
also able to reduce the time it takes for ircDDBGateway to
start - its quicker than before I added this functionality!
03-Mar-2017 **Version 3.2.11**
Extended start delay for MMDVMHost to 60 secs - this solves issues with
the Bluestack board.
Added daily auto update of D-Star Hosts files;
Added a new ability to connect to any D-Star Repeater on the US-Trust
network, even when this node is using OpenQuad. So far as
I know - no other image has this ability!
Thank you Adrian (M0GLJ) for coming up with the idea for this one.
MMDVMHost updated to latest release.
Jesse-Lite / Kernel updated.
23-Feb-2017 **Version 3.2.10**
Upgraded MMDVMHost to the current version
Fixed a bug in the Modem Selection code on the dashboard.
18-Feb-2017 **Version 3.2.9**
Modified the Firewall script to account for the numerous ports that YSF Hosts use.
17-Feb-2017 **Version 3.2.8**
Added auto update for DMR Hosts
Fixed a bug in "D-Star Link Manager" that would allow the local radio
module to be linked back to itself - not a good idea.
16-Feb-2017 **Version 3.2.7**
Fixed a bug in the config, when not using a UHF Frequency ircDDBGateway
was *ALWAYS* using the "B" suffix for the module, no matter what.
16-Feb-2017 **Version 3.2.6**
A few minor tweeks to the layout on the dashboard.
Stopped any of the radio services when the node is not configured.
15-Feb-2017 **Version 3.2.5**
Added free form input to the "Reflector Connector"
This enables you to use the dashboard to connect to
*ANY* reflector rather than just the known ones.
13-Feb-2017 **Version 3.2.4**
Added "Factory Reset" Option
12-Feb-2017 **Version 3.2.3**
YSFGateway hosts issue resolved
Miscilanious spelling / grammar fixes
03-Feb-2017 **Version 3.2.0**
Minor update of the Brandmeister Server List
Minor update to the Configure form
02-Feb-2017 **Version 3.1.9**
Added "Node Type" options to the config section. it
is now possible to set the node to be locked
or unlocked from the admin page, previously
ALL nodes were always locked, as required by
UK licence conditions.
Upgraded MMDVMHost to current release.
02-Feb-2017 **Version 3.1.8**
Fixed minor typo in the configuration page
02-Feb-2017 **Version 3.1.7**
Dashboard Configuration page tweeks
DMR Color Code set from Config page
30-Jan-2017 **Version 3.1.6**
More work on the bug in the config page that could wipe out the MMDVMHost
Added support for Bluestack
28-Jan-2017 **Version 3.1.5**
Fixed bug in the config page that could wipe out the MMDVMHost config.
28-Jan-2017 **Version 3.1.4**
Added DMR+ Support
28-Jan-2017 **Version 3.1.3**
More uPnP fixed added
27-Jan-2017 **Version 3.1.0**
Version bump to 3.1.0 to reflect the large amount of changes.
uPnP has been fixed, the firewall was stopping commnications via the uPnP
Dashboard updated, inluding banners for a powercycle when changing modes.
Admin pannel security hole found / fixed.
26-Jan-2016 **Version 3.0.4**
Updated Dashboard (New look)
Dashboard / Config has been very much upgraded
Removed more bugs
P25 Mode added
P25 Gateway software added
Service intellengence improved
25-Nov-2016 **Version 3.0.3**
JQuery and some added eye-candy.
Removed a number of coding bugs
Added on-board support for SSD1306 OLED Displays (128x64 I2C)
MMDVMHost bumped to 20161124
Kernel upgraded to Version 4.4.32
Bumped Pi-Star release to 3.0.3
Auto Host Key Generation (SSH Server)
02-Nov-2016 **Version 3 Beta Release 2**
Time Sync fixed
MMDVM Multi Mode working well with the current DVMega 3.07 Firmware.
A large number of fixes to the control / admin pannels.
Rasbian fully ipdated (including kernel fixed for "Dirty Cow"
Fed up of of auto-link to REF001 C failing when the REF system changes IP?
Yes me too, so it automatically keeps the information up to date
no more auto-link failes!
PiStar-Keeper - Pistar-keeper re-introduced in the next release, additional work
done with the Pi3 to enable the onboard Bluetooth module without
breaking DV-Mega hardware :)
PiStar-Update - fixed :)
15-Aug-2016 **Version 3 Beta Release**
Total rebuild using Raspbian Jessie-lite
*EVERYTHING* has been rebilt, so this is concidered a Beta release until I
confirm that I have the bugs worked out.
Auto-Upgrades for the OS are not yet re-enabled, but this system is now
vanilla Raspbian, so even the kernel will be upgraded
automatically in the future.
Download size has increased by 100MB, I hope to shrink this down again in
the future but for now it can stay, its still under 500MB.
**MAJOR** Dashboard re-write, config re-write etc - adding support for
Added MMDVMHost bringing DMR support (Including DMR BrandMeister network
Raspberry Pi 3 support added
Logging - still working the bugs out, its good but logrotation
pistar-keeper - not implemented in this release (yet)
Possible config issues - its mostly tested but needs FULL
"pistar-update" currently broken
Flat out failures
None that I know of...
STARNetServer does not need to be running all the time, fixed the config file for
this service and removed it from the normal startup / pistar-watchdog etc.
New STARNetServer config added to the build process.
New STARNet init script handles the config properly.
STARNet dashboard has a bug in it stopping it displaying correct information
when using multiple STARNet services at once.
Firewall script was dropping all outbound ircDDB traffic - repaired.
Kernel upgraded to 4.1.16
Additional dashboard improvements.
Added support for USB DVAP modules.
Automatic patching of the base OS has been enabled.
WiFi setup via the web portal has been improved.
Passwords are defaulted when I build the image for distribution (so my Pi
has been secured finally).
Improvements and prep for CSS7 (now a requirement on DCS reflectors).
See here: http://register.ham-digital.net/html/ccs7-ENG.html
Register here: http://register.ham-digital.net
Moved the downloads to http://www.mw0mwz.co.uk/pi-star and updated
links on the image / copyright notice.
OS upgraded, Kernel upgraded to 4.1.15
Added a bunch of WiFi drivers that I had missed before, adding support for
Removed custom support for the Ralink chipset cards (and the custom compiled
module they required) - these are now in the base OS
Minor fixes on the web portals.
Fixed a problem with my firewall code, this was stopping avahi from
registering the .local addresses on your local network.
UPnP code updated to a different version, should improve compatibility
with some routers.
Added a packet shaper to the firewall code for Pi-Star, this means packets
destined for the D-Star network will be given increased priority on
your internal network, that should help if you have a family who use
your connection heavily for gaming / downloading.