Before connecting to mains make sure your Wi-Fi module is properly inserted into place.
Connect an ethernet cable between Raspberry Pi and your laptop. Avoid using your modem/router as it will make it more complicated.
With some ethernet cables it may be needed to loosen the RasPi nuts to raise it temporarily.
Once HestiaPi is powered up its screen will light up after about 1 minute. Pay attention to what will be shown on the LCD and maybe write down the bottom line (or take a picture of it).
Once this is done open the browser on your laptop and enter this address. Make sure you have dynamic IP (DHCP) enabled and not static IP. If you don’t know what this means you can probably ignore it.
If you don’t have an ethernet port at your laptop connect it to the device that provides your home network. This is usually your WiFi modem. Then try any of the following:
If none of this works, configure your laptop to use static IP and use this as your IP: 192.168.1.100 (any 192.168.1.x IP should work)
Click on “Configure Client”.
Click on “Scan for Networks” and wait for the scan to complete.
Click on “Connect to this network” next to the name (SSID) of your network.
Enter your password (1) and click Save (2).
Wait for the WiFi settings to be saved successfully (1) and write down the address shown (2). This is HestiaPi’s IP address, i.e. 10.10.10.52. We got it!
You can now remove the Ethernet cable and have your laptop connected to your WiFi.
It is advisable to restart your HestiaPi now simply by removing its power, waiting a couple of seconds and reconnecting it. HestiaPi needs about 1 minute to start for the first time. Once it starts check the screen. It should show your WiFi network name and the IP address we found from Step 5. If the screen goes dim, press any button to light it up again.
All the hard work is now over! Head over to that address from Step 5 and you should see your HestiaPi alive for the very first time! If a login prompt appears, use these credentials user: pi password: hestia