Using the control panel (:3000), I can select "Direct Ethernet" as a networking option. Currently my SM (1.5. is set up to use a WiFi network if available, or stand up its hotspot if not.
I would like to make use of the direct ethernet option, but I'm a little concerned about the results if I push the button and then fail to connect for some reason. I can of course plug the Pi into a display, keyboard, and mouse to get access to the desktop, but how would I unroll the direct ethernet setting from there?
I would like to have all three options available, although I certainly don't need them simultaneously. But a little more direction on going back and forth would be most welcome.
Also, I pushed the "Backup" button on the control panel, expecting to see a dialog appear, but of course it just merrily went ahead and did a backup. To...where? My Pi boots off an external SSD, if that helps.
Download the backup, create a new sd card restore and test.
If it fails, you always have the sd card last known to work.
You could consider connecting the pi to a router via ethernet, then let the router handle assigning ip addresses etc. Connect your computer/laptop to the router.
I use a media converter (Ethernet -> 220(110)V -> Ethernet) to connect my setup in the garden with the network in our house, no problems reaching 30Mbps
Download the backup from where, though? I honestly don't know where it goes! I also don't actually have an SD card in the thing anymore.
Unfortunately the router thing is a nonstarter for me, since I work in the field so often. I mean, yeah, they probably run off a 12V wall-wart so I could just run one more cable from my battery, but that battery is also running a lot of other things these days!
That's why plugging a cable straight from the computer into the Pi is attractive.
There's a "Download" button next to the "Backup" button on the Stellarmate dashboard, click on it and it will download the backup file to your laptop.
I managed to connect my laptop directly to my RPi when I started using Stellarmate 4 years ago, it's described how right here: stellarmate.com/support.html?view=kb&kbartid=10
If you check the Network settings on the Dashboard, you will find a Direct Ethernet "Connect" button. Wonder what happens if you connect your laptop directly via an ethernet cable and click it?