RPi Airquality Station: setup and access

Goal:

Connect your airquality kit to the internet to enable online data-logging. Either through WiFi or a wired LAN network.

What you will lean:

The best method of configuring your airquality kit depending on what hardware is available.

Parts List:

easybotics airquality kit

 

Introduction

The easybotics airquality has a default configuration that even logs your data to the grafana map, and gives you a url to access your graphs. The problem is you can’t change the node-red flow, update your geohash from the default (in the arctic circle), or create a custom-url for accessing your data. This tutorial will try and guide you through various ways to start using your airquality station to its full potential.

 

Option One: I have a puzzlePi kit

Congratulations, this is the easiest possible way to connect to your airquality kit.
First hook up your display, keyboard, and mouse to the airquality kit as pictured:

First you’ll need to setup your wifi country and timezone, the tool for doing this opens by default so it should be right there.

The most vital step of setup is getting the airquality kit onto your WiFi network. This can be accomplished with the wifi applet, here:

Next restart the pi or power cycle, when the flow starts up you should see an IP address on the mini oled display.
Now you can move on to the next tutorial: https://t3alliance.org/rpi-airquality-station-setting-up-the-default-flow/, you can even complete this tutorial using just the pi build into the device.

 

Option Two: I have a HDMI display and a keyboard/mouse

this option is actually identical to Option One, except instead of  using the puzzlePi’s display and keyboard you can use your own, scroll up and read Option One.

Option Three: I have a LAN network (simple)

If you have a LAN network that you’re PC is always connected to you can easily hook up your pi to that.
First just connect the LAN cable here:

Power cycle the airquality kit, and hopefully it should be assigned an IP that appears on the mini-oled.
Now you’re already to move-on to the next step. https://t3alliance.org/rpi-airquality-station-setting-up-the-default-flow/

 

Option Four: Use LAN to setup the WiFi

VNC server is enabled by default on the airquality station, so once you have a LAN connection as established in Option Three you can use this to setup the wifi.
Follow these instructions https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/remote-access/vnc/ to setup VNC client on your machine.
Remember that VNC is already enabled on the airquality station, so you can skip down to the ‘Connecting to your Raspberry Pi with VNC viewer’
VNC viewer can be downloaded for your personal computer here: https://www.realvnc.com/en/connect/download/viewer/

Remember that the IP address is listed on the oled display.

Once you have the desktop, you can use the same steps from option One to setup your wifi and move onto the next tutorial!
https://t3alliance.org/rpi-airquality-station-setting-up-the-default-flow/

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