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Raspberry pi not picked up by MacBook


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11 minutes ago, P1000 said:

How are you trying to connect? Are they both connected to the same wifi or ethernet or are you trying to connect directly via ethernet without a router?

I did try with the wifi, but could not get it to work, I now got it connected with a ethernet network cable. I must just say, i am not really a very good with computers. I am morte a plug and play computer guy. I want to use the ICC software to monitor my solar system 

 

Thanks for responding to my question.

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I am not very familiar with ICC, hopefully somebody with experience can help on that front.

What I can say is that it is unlikely to work if the ethernet cable is plugged in directly between the pi and the Mac, unless one of them is running a DHCP server. However if the pi is plugged into a router; it should have been assigned an IP on the same network as the Mac (as long as the router is not isolating them - if one is on a guest network they will be isolated). Then you should be able to connect. If you have a phone also on the same network, try downloading fing - it is an app on both Android and iPhone that will scan your local network and report the IPs of all the connected devices. You can use it to determine the IP of the pi and use that to connect.

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22 minutes ago, P1000 said:

I am not very familiar with ICC, hopefully somebody with experience can help on that front.

What I can say is that it is unlikely to work if the ethernet cable is plugged in directly between the pi and the Mac, unless one of them is running a DHCP server. However if the pi is plugged into a router; it should have been assigned an IP on the same network as the Mac (as long as the router is not isolating them - if one is on a guest network they will be isolated). Then you should be able to connect. If you have a phone also on the same network, try downloading fing - it is an app on both Android and iPhone that will scan your local network and report the IPs of all the connected devices. You can use it to determine the IP of the pi and use that to connect.

Thank you

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The Raspberry Pi 3 & 4 can either be configure as an WiFi AP or Client, or both, you would have to determine what it is you want and do the configuration, then, if its configured as an AP, your Mac should be able to see it and connect to it, if its a client on an existing AP, then once the Pi has connected, you'd have to figure out its IP address and again you should be able to connect to it, in the second scenario, the assumption is that you AP is not putting a spanner in the works, by disallowing client to client traffic.

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7 minutes ago, Kalahari Meerkat said:

The Raspberry Pi 3 & 4 can either be configure as an WiFi AP or Client, or both, you would have to determine what it is you want and do the configuration, then, if its configured as an AP, your Mac should be able to see it and connect to it, if its a client on an existing AP, then once the Pi has connected, you'd have to figure out its IP address and again you should be able to connect to it, in the second scenario, the assumption is that you AP is not putting a spanner in the works, by disallowing client to client traffic.

Thank you Meerkat, could you explain a little more on AP. I am going to see if I can get a monitor and a mouse and try to set it up, connected to the inverters and batteries.

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AP is Access Point, thus the Pi can act as an Access Point, or it can connect, as a client, to an existing Access Point in your home. There is a way of setting up Raspbian to be able to access the Pi via ssh, once you have it on the network, that way, you need no display or keyboard for the Pi. If you gurgle (google) "headless setup of rapsbian" you should find enough info on this to get you up and running.

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1 hour ago, Kalahari Meerkat said:

AP is Access Point, thus the Pi can act as an Access Point, or it can connect, as a client, to an existing Access Point in your home. There is a way of setting up Raspbian to be able to access the Pi via ssh, once you have it on the network, that way, you need no display or keyboard for the Pi. If you gurgle (google) "headless setup of rapsbian" you should find enough info on this to get you up and running.

Thanks very much

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