I just installed raspbian on my new raspberry 3, I did it from my friend's house because I don't have an hdmi screen/cable at my home

When I will arrive at home I will be not able to see it, and I cannot enter in the modem room because is closed (so I cannot plug the ethernet cable and auto-configure it)

I need some help now until I arrive home and now I have an hdmi TV, mouse, and ssh access from my macbook and I can run commands


You could install a WiFi dongle on your hardware, install wpa_supplicant and configure /etc/network/interfaces to roam between your preferred networks (eg.: Your home's wifi, yours friend's wifi, work, etc..).

Then, you could access your raspberry through any SSH client, like PuTTy.

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    Pi 3 has wifi hardware already – dbmitch Jul 12 '16 at 1:23

If I understand your question:

A) You want to connect your RPi to MacBook.
B) You have a running RPi-3, I assume, originally connected to a friend Wi-Fi.
C) You don't have your home's Wi-Fi password, however I assume the MacBook is Wi-Fi connected.
C) No physical access to the Access Point and no access to switch to provide eth0 access.

So, you want to connect to your Wi-Fi without using the WPS auto configure button.
Your options are limited. Your best solution is to find the Wi-Fi password.
In a Windows box connected to the subject Wi-Fi , open a command prompt and then:

netsh wlan show profile key=clear name="xxxx"

This will show all the past Wi-Fi connection plain text passwords ... no more secrets.

If you mac have Ethernet connectivity, perhaps you can share the Wi-Fi doing Internet Connection Sharing and just plug your RPi to the Ethernet port.

pd: If you know the SSID and password of your home Access Point (router), you can add as additional network statement on /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf keeping your friend's definition.

   ssid="YOUR SSID here"
  • I have last mackbook without ethernet port, but I know my home router's password – neoDev Jun 10 '16 at 20:48
  • Now I am at home and I am buying an hdmi screen online – neoDev Jun 10 '16 at 21:04
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    Then for future reference, if you know the SSID and password, just add another network={} on your supplicant configuration as alternative. You can have as many networks as you need. – fcm Jun 11 '16 at 2:54
  • can you show an example please? – neoDev Jun 11 '16 at 9:21

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