Pi-star what is the difference between the FW and Pi-star OS

What is the difference between the FW [Firmware] and Pi-star OS

FW or Firmware version middle left of pi-star dashboard
PI-STAR Operating System top right of pi-star dashboard

Dashboard = Blue is new Red

Dashboard = Blue is new Red

To change color in PI-STAR dashboard from console:

Password for Root Directory in Pistar

Question :
I need the password to access the Root directory in the Pistar system.
I've tried all the usual like pistar, raspberry and password.

Answer :

Pi-Star Mobile Dashboard

Pi-Star Mobile Dashboard is released

The installation is pretty straight forward, and can be done by following the instructions below. Please report comments/issues to me.

*** Warning NO admin DISABLE
- once install full access remote

Pi-Star PUBLIC v. PRIVATE settings

In the "General Configuration" of Pi-Star that has "Node Type: "Private" or "Public." If set to Private, only the DMR ID listed in this same section can use your hotspot. If set to Public, anyone can get in. As an example, I have 2 DMR ID's. Stuck one in my GD-77 and the other in the RD-5R....only the GD-77 could get in to the hotspot until I made it public. My nearest neighbor is 1/2 mile away and "Charlie don't ham."

How do you lower the RF TX power

How do you lower the RF TX power

I have a Raspberry Pi 3 ( think it is the B version) I purchased a MMDVM hotspot that I need to configure. I can attach it to the system board. I found this document but I am wondering if the code in the steps is valid. I want to run DMR and YSF for now. I am just wondering if I can skip some of those steps, or if some one as coded a good template in a batch or ssh file (new be to Linux) you can put in your settings and then configure your hotspot. I see from the pistar page that you can bring up a web browser page (HTML, PHP, etc) to do the configuration.

Also on my MMDVM hotspot board, it has four pins / prongs that hang down an are low enough to make contact with the pins on the interface connector. I am just wondering if I need to insulate those pins / prongs, or since it is toward the middle, does it matter?

Here is the config document link

PI-Star version 3.4.12 May 01 Release Upgrade *NEW

PI-Star version 3.4.12 May 01 Release

Pi-star 3.4.12 is now live

Fire up your favorite SSH session and use:

RELEASE 3.4.12 (Upgrade)

RELEASE 3.4.12 (Upgrade)

I saw that a new version was available so I thought it best to get my system up-to-date.

I used the UPDATE button in Admin and the screen took longer than usual to process (as expected for an update). Everything appeared to finish as normal and I did a reboot. When I ran the system again and viewed the dash board the top right gave this Pi-Star:3.4.11 / Dashboard: 20180428. Did it update or am I still on 3.4.11? The system works great and is much appreciated.

Hotspot PI-STAR RF Power Level

Hotspot PI-STAR RF Power Level 

I have a mmdvm open spot and it has a hidden antenna built inside the box. It turned out I could use my HT with 0.5 W 200 meters away!

So I got inside the expert menu, and tuned down the "RFLevel" from 100 to 10. After the change, the communication is satisfactory in my apartment with reduced EMF.

your lan ip here:
- admin
- expert

Pi-Star NXDN is OFF Line

My Pi-Star shows Green [Mode Enabled] but Red under [Network Status]

Please wait for CODING CHANGES -  PISTAR and NXDN is under development March / April 2018

Pi-Star NXDN is OFF Line


I hear RX NXDN users but it doesn’t hear my transmissions.
Before I mess with RxOffset I think this is a issue that needs attention first.


Change the RxOffset setting adjust 

Updates and Changes to Jessie Pi-Star

Updates and Changes to Jessie Pi-Star

Andrew Taylor
Admin · March 17 at 8:39am

With the release of the Pi3 B+ there have been a number of changes to Stretch to support the new board, those changes have not (yet) propagated to Jessie (Pi-Star 3.x is based on Jessie).

However I know a number of you already have Pi 3B+ boards, so I have made a custom image to support these, the kernel is *not* upgradable on this image, please keep that in mind if you choose to use it.

Pi-Star v4.x is built on Stretch, it will support these boards better and apart from a passing resemblance to the current chain, its a very different animal - I hope this beta build will keep you going until we can get 4.x out of the door.