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This Little Pi-guy Went To Florida But Its IP Connection Stayed Home

January 18, 2019

I brought a couple of Pi’s with me to play with over the winter months including the Olduino/370 dressed in its mini-370 case. Both were used regularly on my home wifi. I updated the wpa_supplicant.conf to reflect the apartment’s wifi but then got stuck. I’m used to having to fumble around to find the IP address on new networks but this setup seems resistant to my fumbling. I don’t have a password for the router so i can’t look at its tables and all of the scanners i tried come up dry showing only my own PC’s address. I finally resorted to lighting up a hotspot access point on my windows box using the same ssid and password as my home router(yes, clever, i know) and the Pi which normally uses a static IP at home popped up although with a dhcp-assigned address.

So now i have one Pi up on my faux-home win10 hosted network and another one that won’t connect to either my faux-home or the apartment network. Possibly:
-finger problems overall
-the apartment router won’t serve the pi an ip address but windows will
-something stops the PI’s from using the wpa_supplicant.conf that i put in the boot directory of the SD card. **Seems very likely – see below**

As an extra bit of fun i don’t find ping works on the apartment network. I can’t ping one windows laptop from another, ping my phone etc.


  • The basic problem is that the router has “Access Point Isolation” activated.  This means that one IP on the local network can’t communicate with the others.  Hence I can’t ping anything other than the router from windows and none of the IP scanners work.
  • I had the bright idea to activate a hotspot on my laptop with the same ssid and password as my home router.  The Pi was assigned an IP but I couldn’t get through to it because it thought it’s IP was and windows was routing addresses in the 192.168.137.xx range.
  • I finally found a very nice piece of software called “Linux File System For Windows” that happily let me access the linux partition on the SD card from windows and take out the static IP setting.
  • I saw a post somewhere about a setup where a guy had et up his Pi to first try for an IP from his laptop and failing that go for a static IP(or something like that) that would be a good plan.  Also something where the Pi advertises its IP address.  I had various ways of doing that but the static address was so convenient at home that i dropped them all.

here‘s the site i got the static ip info from.

interface wlan0

static ip_address=
static routers=
static domain_name_servers=


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


From → Olduino/370

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