Trying to understand BrickPi3’s network connectivity options


I’ve received my BrickPi board today, and I am trying to understand its networking.

When I go through the following instructions, it seems that BrickPi3’s Raspbian For Robots does not get an IP address from my router like ev3dev does. Instead, BrickPi3’s OS acts as a DHCP server and expects that my PC get an IP address from BrickPi3’s DHCP server:

If my understanding explained above is correct, then I need to disconnect my PC ethernet cable from my home network and connect it to BrickPi3’s network. That means I won’t have internet while I am working with BrickPi3. The approach is very productive since I like to have internet access while I program.

Is there any way to have BrickPi3 joins my home’s router network so I can connect to it with any PC or laptop connected to my router?

Thank you,


Did you check your router admin page to see if your BrickPi got an address from your router when the cable is connected to the router? If so open a browser and try that IP address
xx.xx.xx.xx ( don’t think you can use ssl/https )

If you have WiFi available, this is my WiFi setup steps:

=== Mount the card on PC/Mac

  • (if just flashed the card, pull out, then re-insert)

=== Enable SSH

  • create file called “ssh” (or ssh.txt) in the Boot partition

=== Setup WiFi Headless

  • create the file wpa_supplicant.conf
    (quote chars must be straight up/down, traditional, not slanted/matched Unicode chars)
ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev