max sidorov replied to the topic 'Skywatcher AZ GTi with Ekos' in the forum. 1 week ago

No, actually, it didn't work.
It's odd... After a fresh flash and setup, wifi hotspot would work.
Could work for hours or even days but then would become extremely flaky and then unusable..
I tried to troubleshoot but was not successful.
I use an EQDir cable now. One extra cable but it works.

maxthebuilder wrote: My problem was the power supply.
I was using a charging port of a USB hub (2.1A).
It was enough for RPI3 but, apparently, not enough for RPI4.
Switched to an official 3A+ power supply and that fixed my problem.
Currently, exploring options to make the system work in the field (without a power outlet).
-- USB y-splitter cable. Hopefully it will give me 2 x 2.1A total current from the hub to RPI.
-- 12V-to-5.1V 5A DC-DC converter.

Thanks!



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max sidorov replied to the topic 'Skywatcher AZ GTi with Ekos' in the forum. 1 week ago

None of 1.4.x releases worked for me in terms of WiFi hotspot connection to the mount .
I gave up on the WiFi and DIY'ed an EQDir cable which works well.
Currently using 1.4.3 (RPI4) with latest updates. All is well.

Max

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max sidorov replied to the topic 'Ekos 3.3.6 : No summary screen preview on MacOSX' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

I have the same problem with Windows client (works fine on RPI4 client).
I am sure it did work before but now it doesn't.
Not sure when it happened (I've been using RPI client for a while).
The trick with disabling/enabling didn't work for me.
Not a big deal - I just use the FITS viewer window placed in place of the preview.
Still strange why it stopped working. I restored a two-month old version of KStars (from the Recycle Bin) - didn't help but I am almost certain it worked two months ago..
Thanks!

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max sidorov replied to the topic '1.4.6 release - impressions, problems, etc. Please post.' in the forum. 1 month ago

Jasem - thanks for checking!
I am not sure on what's going on...
I consistently get this hotspot behavior with RPI4.
Maybe my unit is special in some way.
I'll re-flash and try again.

knro wrote: Hi Max,

I just installed everything for apt-get -y dist-upgrade and then restarted, I can't replicate any issues. I disconnected Ethernet from SM and it took 15 seconds for the hotspot to kick in.



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max sidorov replied to the topic '1.4.6 release - impressions, problems, etc. Please post.' in the forum. 1 month ago

Let me rephrase.
I did flash 1.4.6.
Configured.
All was fine including the hotspot until I updated the system (regular update which pulls recent system patches and drivers).

Did this twice.

I just checked with a monitor connected to RPI:
-- when RPI starts - the hotspot is not active
-- it takes 2-4 min for it to become active
-- it becomes active and stays active but
-- it is only occasionally detected by devices (tried with android phone, android tablet, windows laptop, windows desktop)
-- even if it is detected, it shortly disappears
-- if it is detected and stays detected long enough it cannot be connected to
-- all this time it is shown as active on RPI
It's like it's broadcasting but the signal is very weak

AstroNerd wrote: To stop the network and WiFi issues you need to re flash with 1.4.6 nit just update through the desktop or terminal updater... :)



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max sidorov replied to the topic '1.4.6 release - impressions, problems, etc. Please post.' in the forum. 1 month ago

Same dreaded WiFi issue again...
Stellarmate WiFi hotspot never worked for me on RPI4 (worked fine on RPI3).
1.4.6 was supposed to fix that issue.
Indeed it worked fine on 1.4.6 unofficial beta release (I didn't install any updates there).
It worked fine on the official 1.4.6 release but only until I installed updates via the system software updater.
No INDI/KStars/Ekos related stuff was updated - only general things such as ubuntu, samba, linux (including linux-firmware, whatever it is).
After the update Stellarmate WiFi hotspot stopped working correctly.
Now:
-- it takes long time for the hotspot to show up (sometimes it doesn't show up at all until a reboot)
-- it shows up and then disappears and than reappears/disappears.
-- when it's active it cannot be connected to
So i am basically back to the situation I always was with RPI4. WiFi hotspot is not working correctly..
I still can use the system since I replaced the wifi connection from RPI to the mount with an EQDir cable
Wired network also works fine.
Just reporting..
Thanks!

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max sidorov replied to the topic 'Power in the field for RPi 4?' in the forum. 1 month ago

In the field?

jrsphoto wrote: I'm doing things a little different than most. I'm using POE. A Gigabit Ethernet POE injector and a POE to USB-C splitter . With 100' of Shielded, waterproof Ethernet cable, I've had no problems so far.



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max sidorov replied to the topic '1.4.6 release - impressions, problems, etc. Please post.' in the forum. 1 month ago

For me it also felt laggy compared to 1.4.3 (this version I used for a while) but faster than 1.4.4/5 (those I used only briefly).
All runs on RPI4 with wired VNC to a desktop at 1920x1080 resolution

AstroNerd wrote: I have tried, and found it to be laggy, over VNC, and also some menus take a second or two too come up after clicking them, BUT I run it all from the rpi, and on a 4k monitor and in 2560 x 1600 resolution, so I really would like to hear from anyone who does the same, running in higher that HD res, over VNC... as I have had issues with this being laggy since version 1.4.3.. :(



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max sidorov created a new topic ' 1.4.6 release - impressions, problems, etc. Please post.' in the forum. 1 month ago

Installed today. All is good so far.
Only tried indoors. Bad weather.
I was on 1.4.3 for some time. 1.4.4 and 1.4.5 didn't work well for me.

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max sidorov replied to the topic 'Problems with latest versions 3.3.7 and 3.3.8' in the forum. 1 month ago

Dec 9 update fixed EQMod for me. All looks good.

maxthebuilder wrote: Mine actually doesn't crash - it doesn't load with "unable to establish remote device +EQMod" message in the log.
If I switch to SW Alt-Az driver - it connects (so the mount and EQDir cable are functional)
Hopefully the next build will fix this.



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max sidorov replied to the topic 'Power in the field for RPi 4?' in the forum. 1 month ago

I am using:
-- TalentCell Rechargeable 12V 6000mAh battery pack (there are two versions - one with an additional 5V out, the other - without 5V, only 12V). That 5V output doesn't work with RPI - you need 12V and
-- Sabrent 7 Port USB 3.0 HUB + 2 Charging Ports with 12V/4A Power Adapter
also I use
-- a Y-cable - HIGHROCK 30cm USB 2.0 a Power Enhancer Y 1 Female to 2 Male Data Charge Cable Extension Cord

12v from battery --> hub (5v) ---> Y-cable (from the two "red" charging ports) ---> RPI

USB-A-to-C dongle should work.
I use the same hub to connect all my equipment to RPI.
Lasts all night.
I use another 6000mAh battery to power CCD cameras. 3000mAh - to power the mount. another 3000mAh - to power a dew heater. another 3000mAh to power a 10" HDMI monitor.
www.indilib.org/forum/gallery/1014-post-....html?start=72#44888

HTH

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max sidorov replied to the topic 'Problems with latest versions 3.3.7 and 3.3.8' in the forum. 1 month ago

Mine actually doesn't crash - it doesn't load with "unable to establish remote device +EQMod" message in the log.
If I switch to SW Alt-Az driver - it connects (so the mount and EQDir cable are functional)
Hopefully the next build will fix this.

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