[SOLVED] Updatingh Pi with GrovePi firmware

I’ve spent days looking into how to set up my GrovePi and finally got to the download https://www.dexterindustries.com/howto/install-raspbian-for-robots-image-on-an-sd-card/

From there I followed all instructions to the letter and everything looked right until I got to launching http:\dex.local everything was there EXCEPT the Wifi Setup!! Which is a big par of the steps in https://www.dexterindustries.com/howto/install-raspbian-for-robots-image-on-an-sd-card/

So what is going on??

I’m not exactly sure what you’re asking. You seem to be taking about Raspbian for Robots and the GrovePi’s firmware update script at the same time.

Anyhow, to update/install your GrovePi on the Raspberry Pi, run

curl -kL dexterindustries.com/update_grovepi | bash

And to update the firmware, check the GrovePi’s documentation here:

Thank you!

I’m using Windows 10 IoT and I’m pretty much a Windows only person, however, given clear instructions I can get through most any environment including Mac-OS, Linux, Unix, HP-1000 RTEA, and many others. The
instructions I found over the period of many days regarding installing the firmware on a Grove Pi were a mixed bag, vague, and unclear.

No sarcasm here just my view is since you company caters to Windows IoT people you might want to improve on the documentation for folks like me. If it were my business, I would.

e.g. To a Windows person (meaning in the Windows IoT user instructions) you might explain what tools like “curl and sudo” are and how to start up the Linux version on te Pi. That’s square one!

Then possibly describe how to navigate to the directory(s) they will need to access. Sound trivial doesn’t it, but for those who don’t do it daily or never have its Greek!

I finally got it to work and did not once use curl or the update your suggested. It was a combo-hack from about 10 different web pages that piecewise walked me through it. A painful experience it was.

Works Great!

BTW: If your company needs a Windows gut to review and/or write your documentation I do contracts :slight_smile:


John DeBriere

Hello @johndebriere
To be honest, we’re not that knowledgeable when it comes to Windows IoT. Most if not all of that work has been done by others and donated to us.
I will ask if they have written instructions wrt flashing the firmware. I’ll come back to you with their answer.


I have double-checked and it is not currently possible to update the firmware from Windows IoT. You do need to install raspbian on the SD card, flash the firmware, and then go back to Windows IoT.

I think your stumbling block right now is setting up wifi on Raspbian for Robots? If that’s the case here are a couple of pointers:

  1. you can use an Ethernet cable to connect the Pi to a router or your laptop.
  2. or you can pre-fill wifi (ssid and psk) information in a wpa_applicant.conf file, and drop it into the /boot partition of the SD card.


ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev

As I explained previously I was able to get it top work so you don’t need to bother asking others.



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