Friday, January 18, 2013

Raspberry Pi Wifi Static IP

My RPi is going to be a telepresence robot so it uses wifi. It also needs a static IP address. Here's how to configure Raspbian Wheezy with a static IP for wifi using WPA2 personal with PSK (Private Shared Key). The changes to your /etc/network/interfaces file will result in something like the following.
auto lo

iface lo inet loopback
iface eth0 inet static

auto wlan0
allow-hotplug wlan0
iface wlan0 inet static
wpa-passphrase yourpassphrasehere
wpa-ssid yourssidhere
wireless-channel yourchannelhere

#wpa-roam /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
#iface default inet dhcp
Specify using static instead of manual for interface wlan0, then specify the address, netmask, and gateway, configure the WPA passphrase and SSID, and the wireless channel. Finally, you have to disable the wpa_supplicant configuration, and you have to disable the default dhcp behavior.

Finally, you can either reboot, or you can issue the following commands to restart the wlan0 interface

sudo ifdown wlan0
sudo ifup wlan0
If you get no errors on the last command, except possibly some ioctl errors, you're a-ok.
pi@raspberrypi:/etc/network$ sudo ifup wlan0
ioctl[SIOCSIWAP]: Operation not permitted
ioctl[SIOCSIWENCODEEXT]: Invalid argument
ioctl[SIOCSIWENCODEEXT]: Invalid argument
Double-check by issuing ifconfig wlan0, make sure it's configured correctly, then issue a ping to your gateway (ping and then ping or some other reliable website.

pi@raspberrypi:/etc/network$ ifconfig -a
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr b8:27:eb:fb:8d:50
          UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback
          inet addr:  Mask:
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:36 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:36 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:3480 (3.3 KiB)  TX bytes:3480 (3.3 KiB)

wlan0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 80:1f:02:86:ef:61
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
          RX packets:38 errors:0 dropped:1467 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:14 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:841044 (821.3 KiB)  TX bytes:100717 (98.3 KiB)

pi@raspberrypi:/etc/network$ ping
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_req=1 ttl=64 time=3.07 ms
64 bytes from icmp_req=2 ttl=64 time=1.90 ms
--- ping statistics ---
2 packets transmitted, 2 received, 0% packet loss, time 1001ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 1.905/2.491/3.077/0.586 ms
Et voila, you have a wifi static IP. Congratulations!

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  1. Hi man! I am new to raspberry pi, Wheezy also making me more frustrate. I am really confused with Ethernet. please provide me a brief tutorial for Ethernet.

    1. Ethernet is just the low level standard/protcols that connect your computer to a hub/switch with wires. What are you having problems with?

  2. Many thanks! After many searches on the Internet, you're the only one who provides the right solution to configure two static IP addresses for both eth0 and wlan0 (and that allows the WiFi interface to work without the Ethernet cable to be connected). You made my evening...
    Philippe (France)

    1. @Philippe It makes my day to hear that! Really happy I could help. It may help others find this if you +1 / like / whatever else. :) Take care!

  3. Great job!

    Can I set the IP addresses the same for wired and wireless?

    1. As long as you don't have ethernet and wifi active at the same time, each adapter could be assigned the same IP address. I'd have to do some research to do anything more than that.

  4. great post! i hope this will solve my problem when i got home tonight.


  5. Hi - After trying about 10 sets of solutions your post has fixed it for me as well. Thanks.

  6. Thank you thank you thank you!!!

    I've been trying to get this to work all day and this is the only solution that has worked, I owe you a pint! You truly are a saint.

  7. Like the other Anonymous of Feb 11, I'd done several searches and yours were the only instructions that worked - many thanks!

  8. Just wanted to say thanks. Works sweet with Occidentalis v0.2

  9. Just wanted to say after trying quite a few things both online and just tinkering, this just worked, no messing with it, just save it and go. So, uh, thanks! =D

  10. After a lot of searching on the net and even more trail and error. Nothing worked

    This one does!!!

    Thanx a lot, this just made my day :)

  11. Thanks man, great of you.

  12. Works perfect, great to have both eth0 and wlan configured with static ip's on the same lan.

  13. Finally a tutorial that worked. You're the best, Cheers!