***** THIS HAS BEEN REPLACED BY A MUCH EASIER PROCEDURE. CHECK OUT THIS LINK: https://xangle.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360029696451 *****
The instructions below are still relevant only if you need to flash dozens of cards
Each Raspberry Pi needs a MicroSD card with the OS and our software so it can be recognized by our server. There is never a need to log in to the Pi itself as everything is automated. The only thing you have to do (and only once), is to clone your MicroSD cards. Once it's done, you put the card into the Pi and you're done.
Cloning MicroSD cards can be a bit time consuming, but hey, we have three options for you.
Option 1 - Purchase pre-flashed cards from our online store
Simply follow this link to get packs of 6 MicroSD cards: https://shop.ericpare.com/collections/xangle
By doing this, you cut corners and you're ready to roll with zero setup time on the Raspberry Pis. Once you receive our cards, you simply insert them in your Raspberry Pis and you're good to go (no operation on the Pis at all - we automated everything).
Please note that if we do major updates, you might have to clone a new image using the procedure below
Option 2 - Clone cards one at a time
That's the best option if you have only a few cards to clone
Follow this process:
- Download the Raspberry Pi client zip file from https://xangleCs.com/downloads.
- unzip the file to get a .img file
- Download and install win32 disk imager
- once installed, run win32 disk image as administrator:
- Connect a clean SD card to your computer (use USB dongle)
- Click the blue folder button, and find the .img on your computer. Then, under device, choose the letter corresponding to the SD card you want to flash (the one you just inserted).
7 - Now click on "Write" and wait for the process to be over. (You should go back to #5 for each new SD you want to clone...)
Quick tip: You can clone multiple SD cards at once. First connect your SDs to you computer. Now you just have to make multiple copies of the .img file, then run as many wind32 disk imager (as administrator) as you want and each time select a new copy of the .img file and a new drive.
Option 3 - Clone cards in batch mode
- Flash the Pi-Cloner image to a MicroSD card
- Insert your SD card in a pi
- Start the pi
- Make sure it's connected to your network
- Go to a computer which is connected to the same network and type http://cloner.local/ in your favorite browser.
That should bring you to the following page (if it doesn't, install this exe, reboot your machine and try again) :