I loaded up Octopi, the distro version of Octoprint to a Raspberry Pi B+. I finally got things working and a few things printed, and then all of a sudden I'm greeted with a message in the interface saying that it had been disconnected, and the LED on the Wi-Pi was out.
I could not reconnect, or find it in the connected devices of my router, so I connected some peripherals and lo and behold, the Wi-Fi had dropped. I was able to reconnect by removing the Wi-Pi and plugging it back in.
Doing a search on the net yielded me headache/nauseating results about cron jobs, modifying scripts, or installing Wi-Fi managers. However, those articles and questions are all 1 - 3 years old.
- How to automatically reconnect WiFi?
- WiFi disconnects after period of time on Raspberry Pi, doesn't reconnect
- WIFI Drops Out
- Wifi Reconnect on drop
- Trying to understand Auto reconnect WIFI method
Apparently the newest version of the Octopi distro (0.12, the one that I'm using) does something different with the Wi-Fi management, so you can only get it to connect by modifying
octopi-network.txt and putting in the SSID and password.
I've got a few closely related questions:
- Can Raspbian/Debian not automatically reconnect itself to a network?
- How is that, or under what circumstances is that, a good idea?
- Do you still have to fiddle with Raspbian to get it to auto-reconnect?
- What would be some things to look for in a Wi-Fi management suite in Linux? I am familiar with Windows and over there, that sort of thing is part of the OS and/or driver package.
- Why did this question go unanswered? Trying to understand Auto reconnect WIFI method