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Mycroft II arrived - problems with wifi

Following this guide Mycroft Mark II Developer Kit Assembly : 15 Steps (with Pictures) - Instructables downloading the image from google drive (really?!) I’ve ended up at with a network cable. There was no initial Mycroft Wifi access point. If I manually choose a Wifi network, the process never finished. For now, I’ve ended up in “you have to choose a cable connection to have a proper functional Mycroft II”. Any other hints for solving my cable problem? eg. How to enable the wifi chip on the raspi without raspi-config or similar tools? Because that is my suggestion for my problem.

Hi luckow, sorry to hear you’re having trouble with the Wifi.

Can you confirm that no “Mycroft” network has been created, even after a reboot of the device?

To verify that it’s not a hardware issue it would you be able to download a copy of Raspberry Pi OS, or some other standard OS for the Pi’s, and make sure that you can get the wifi setup on that.

Assuming it’s not a hardware issue, it would be good if we could try to replicate your setup as closely as possible. What is the secondary device you are using to setup wifi? Eg what type of phone or computer are you using? Have you tried another device?

In regard to the Google Drive download, this was a fallback when we had some trouble with our downloads server but that has been resolved so I’ve switched it back. The downloaded images will be the same though.

Oh one other thing just occurred to me given you are now using a network cable. Based on that phrasing it sounds like you didn’t have a cable plugged in previously is that right?

I ask because the wifi setup process won’t launch while there is an active network connection.

done the lot of work of printing and combining all parts i got stuck at the same problem with wifi!
No access-point to connect with. The only possibility was, to connect with cable and initiate the pairing.
I tried this with three different images . Last was 2021004-06 stable. Always the same behaviour. I’m not very happy with this, because the possibility of use is very small without wifi.
It seems that there is something wrong in the images.
Wireless setting is not possible. The process is without consequence.
Please analyse the problem for all other with the same failure.

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As a check, could you disconnect the screen and see if that makes the wifi accespoint visible at a fresh boot?

Hi @gez-mycroft sorry to be late in replying. Yes: I can confirm that no (!) “Mycroft” network has been created. Tested it with different devices & OS. Nothing. Nada. A reboot was one of my first attempts at a solution. I have known computer problems since the mid-90s and most of the time a simple reboot solves the computer voodoo.

I haven’t tried booting the Pi with Raspian or anything like that. But I don’t think it’s a hardware problem. The mycroft pi-image has some limitations with networks. It is possible to install helper tools. But I don’t know what the expectation is for the mycroft image. I guess: you (-> I) - as an end user - should not get deeply involved in the network stuff. And that’s fine. But not having a “first contact” through a “mycroft” network is a problem aka bug.

Later on I’ve plugged a cable to the pi and that was the moment I was able to pair it with my mycroft account. (no wifi at all)

FYI: I have tried different hardware settings. Disconnecting the screen, connecting a monitor, connecting a keyboard, ssh into it, sd-card instead of usb-stick. Just saying :slight_smile:

If you don’t have this phenomenon, what should I do next to help investigate this issue?

I had a problem running Mycroft on a Raspberry Pi: I installed the latest version of Picroft image, which had some issues, one being ‘no wifi’

to solve this, I updated the file /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
to look like this:

ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev


reboot to restart wifi, and (miracle, oh miracle), wifi connection is made and operational.