I have a portable Allstar Node (43943) which I recently needed to setup on Wifi.
I thought adding a display would come in handy and it did.
Now I can configure the node locally instead of having to log in remotely.
I purchased the Adafruit 5″ 800×480 TFT HDMI Backpack
I did need to add this in /boot/config.txt file for it to work.
# uncomment if you get no picture on HDMI for a default “safe” mode#hdmi_safe=1# uncomment this if your display has a black border of unused pixels visible# and your display can output without overscan#disable_overscan=1# uncomment the following to adjust overscan. Use positive numbers if console# goes off screen, and negative if there is too much border#overscan_left=16#overscan_right=16#overscan_top=16#overscan_bottom=16# uncomment to force a console size. By default it will be display’s size minus# overscan.#framebuffer_width=1280#framebuffer_height=720# uncomment if hdmi display is not detected and composite is being outputhdmi_force_hotplug=1# uncomment to force a specific HDMI mode (here we are forcing 800×480!)hdmi_group=2hdmi_mode=1hdmi_mode=87hdmi_cvt=800 480 60 6 0 0 0max_usb_current=1# uncomment to force a HDMI mode rather than DVI. This can make audio work in# DMT (computer monitor) modes#hdmi_drive=2# uncomment to increase signal to HDMI, if you have interference, blanking, or# no display#config_hdmi_boost=4# uncomment for composite PAL#sdtv_mode=2#uncomment to overclock the arm. 700 MHz is the default.#arm_freq=800# for more options see http://elinux.org/RPi_config.txt
I put this line of code in the /boot/config.txt file prior to setting up my node.
(On another Pi I had at home)
I then configured my node using the new version 1.5 code from Hamvoip.com
In turn I was able to configure my Freedom Pop Wifi hotspot locally with the
keyboard and monitor attached.
Note, I had initially setup this node on my wired network at home, and figured I could just later setup
the wifi, but I was having trouble getting the wifi configured for some reason. With the monitor hooked up
to this portable node, I had no trouble setting up wifi and can use it to connect to other wifi networks when
I travel with this node as the Freedom Pop isn’t as reliable as I wish it was.
Image is from the Adafruit site