Raspbian Quick Start Guide

Follow these steps to get up and running with a fresh install of Raspbian Lite, all ready for the temperature-machine.

  1. Download the image of Raspbian Stretch Lite
  2. On Mac, use Etcher to flash a new SD card with the image. Refer to raspberrypi.org for other platforms.
  3. Setup your wifi by inserting your new SD card to your machine and creating a file wpa_supplicant.conf under /boot. Mine looks like this (the scan_ssid=1 is only needed if you’re using a hidden network).

     ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev
       psk="plain text password"
  4. Whilst you’re there, add dtoverlay=w1-gpio to the /boot/config.txt file.
  5. Unmount and stick the card in the Pi. Power up.
  6. On the Pi (ssh pi@raspberrypi.local), run raspi-config to:
    1. Set the hostname to the room name (garage, study etc)
    2. Expand the file system
  7. Reboot. Follow the install steps.


You may want some optional extras:

  • Disable the activity light (edit /boot/config.txt to disable)
  • Disable LED for Edimax wifi adapters (disable under /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/realtek/rtl8192cu/)