Browse Month: April 2016

How to make a custom PCB to make your Arduino Projects permanent

About: There may come a time when you create an awesome Arduino project and want to make it permanent. Sure you can leave it on your breadboard but you will have to be careful not to touch any of the wires or drop your board or unplug any of the connections. I will show you how quickly you can design and make your own custom printed circuit boards (PCB’s). The process is easy and any one can do it. Making your own printed circuit board will make your project permanent and more durable. This does not only pertain to Arduino projects. Any project you design on your breadboard can be transformed onto a PCB. I will be showing you how to make a single sided PCB in my demonstration but you can easily make a double sides board if you line up everything correctly.

Objective: To make a custom printed circuit board at home and making our Arduino projects permanent and durable

Material:

Instructions: You’ll first need to design or download a schematic and design it to fit your PCB board. I use Fritzing. It’s a little outdated and I am not even sure if it is being worked on anymore but it is super easy to use and is designed to be used by hobbyists and Arduino’s. Below is what my PCB design will look like.

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How to set a Static IP Address on the Raspberry Pi running Raspbian Jessie+

About: With the release of Raspbian Jessie made all older methods of setting a static IP Address on the Raspberry Pi obsolete. You no longer need to edit /etc/network/interfaces . You will now need to edit /etc/dhcpcd.conf to set your static IP address on the Raspberry Pi. Setting a static IP address is easy and useful if you are running something that requires the IP address to remain the same after a reboot. This is useful is you are using your Raspberry Pi as a web server or a DNS server.

Objective: To set a Static IP Address on our Raspberry Pi running Raspbian Jessie or newer

Material: You will need the following:

  • Raspberry Pi (Click the link to check out the price on Amazon. Usually around $37 with free shipping)

Instructions: Let’s start off by going into your terminal on your Pi. Continue Reading