BerryLan simplifies headless Raspberry Pi install

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BerryLan installs a system on a Raspberry Pi that can be integrated into the wireless network with a smartphone app over Bluetooth.

The Raspbian operating system can get the Raspberry Pi up and running – with or without a desktop environment. Starting with the standard installation, the system can be adapted to your own needs with very little effort. However, this requires a connected keyboard, mouse, and monitor. Even SSH access is a little more complicated because Raspbian has not started the SSH server automatically for some time now [1].

Building a headless Raspberry Pi (i.e., a computer without peripherals or even a network cable) requires more effort and a certain amount of know-how. Before the Raspbian system starts for the first time, the /etc/wpa_supplicant configuration file has to be edited and the network access credentials entered.

The BerryLan project seeks to handle this work for you wirelessly over Bluetooth with a smartphone app. With the customized Raspbian image and a smartphone, the Raspberry Pi system will be running and on the network within a few minutes.

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