My laptop does not have an ethernet port and I also do not have a USB-to-Ethernet port adapter but what I do have is a WIFI dongle for my pi. I was thinking, can I possibly connect to my pi via WIFI like an ethernet connection so that I can SSH via PuTTy?
- Make sure your laptop and your pi are both connected to the same router.
- Test your Internet connection by pinging, for example, http://google.com on both devices. (
- On your Pi, in a terminal, type in
- Look for
inet addr:192.168.*.*, and remember that set of numbers (or write them down). That is your Pi's IP address.
- In your laptop, start PuTTY.
- Type the set of numbers you saw in step 4 into the host name field.
- If you want, you can save the settings so you don't have to type the IP address in every time you want to remotely connect to your pi.
- Hit "Open".
- Enter the user name and password of your Pi.
- Enjoy the command line of your Pi!
A great tool to discover your Pi (and all your other devices), and it's IP number on your network is Fing: https://www.fingbox.com/download.
Once you have connection, then SSH and VNC become y our new best friends.
Available on :
- Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.overlook.android.fing&hl=en_GB
- iOS - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/fing-network-scanner/id430921107?mt=8
Both free and paid plans are available. I am not affiliated in any way with Fing.