I am using the following link :https://thepi.io/how-to-use-your-raspberry-pi-as-a-wireless-access-point/ to set up my raspberry pi to act like a wireless router. So far I have installed raspbian on a sd card. I don't have access to an external monitor or a keyboard. I have access to a ubuntu laptop. I want to use the commands on the tutorial to set up the pi but how do I connect to pi in the first place. This is the first time I am doing this and I have no idea. I have an ethernet cable and wifi access that is again provided by a raspberry pi that was already set up by somebody else. How can I connect to the raspberry pi in the terminal to execute the commands? Thanks!

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    Your question is unclear. The Pi makes a poor router and if I wanted to setup an Access Point I would follow the Foundation tutorial. Your first task should be to configure Raspbian. See How to set up networking/WiFi You COULD follow "Headless Raspbian WiFi Setup" but it is better to connect to your router via Ethernet.
    – Milliways
    Commented Jan 26, 2019 at 7:16
  • Okay the thing is I have a terminal that says my username. How do I connect to the pi so that I can get pi@raspberrypi or something like that so that I can control the pi from my laptop terminal and use the commands.
    – Crypton99
    Commented Jan 26, 2019 at 7:25
  • In other words how do I ssh into a headless pi. I have an ethernet cable if it helps.
    – Crypton99
    Commented Jan 26, 2019 at 7:51
  • ssh [email protected] or ssh pi@<ip address of your pi>.
    – jake
    Commented Jan 26, 2019 at 13:44

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SSH is what you're looking for. If you connect your RPI ethernet port to your router you can use arp -a (linux, mac) to see all IP addresses on your network. You will likely see your pi as pi ( or something along those lines.

Once you find the pi IP you can connect to the raspberry pi using the ssh command. When connecting to the raspberry pi a prompt will ask you for a password (it is usually raspberry on raspbian OS).

ssh [email protected]

If this doesn't work, SSH might not be enabled. You can take your SD card and put create an empty file with the name SSH at the boot directory.

  • When I execute apr -a on my Raspberry Pi I get: -bash: apr: command not found. Did you mean ip a? But this only shows the IP addresses of the local interfaces not all IP addresses on the network.
    – Ingo
    Commented Feb 12, 2019 at 21:49
  • forgive me typo. try arp -a Commented Feb 13, 2019 at 15:34
  • Ah.. you mean asking the local arp cache. But this will not give you all IP addresses on your network. It will only show addresses that where addressed the last 5 minutes. If you haven't addressed the RasPi the last 5 minutes (e.g. with ping) it isn't shown in the arp cache. Using nmap seems to be better.
    – Ingo
    Commented Feb 13, 2019 at 19:34

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