Purchase Rasperry Pi with home bridge pre installed

Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by m11rphy, Apr 2, 2016.

  1. m11rphy macrumors 6502


    Dec 26, 2009
    Is there anyone selling Raperry PIs with homebridge pre installed. someone with some spare time could make a bit of money doing this
  2. Recognition macrumors 6502a


    Jun 27, 2013
    I don't think you'll find anyone doing this as I think it's quite unscrupulous.
    Anyway you'd still need to write/update the config.json file with your accessories, devices, platforms, logins and passwords.
    Might as well just install it all yourself.
    It's only a few commands to run when installing Homebridge and as long as you follow the guides correctly, can be done in 30mins.
  3. m11rphy thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 26, 2009
    I'm struggling to find a good guide, I have no idea how to even set the RPi up
  4. Recognition macrumors 6502a


    Jun 27, 2013
    Ok, this is the guide I first used when setting up my Pi.

    Then used the wiki guide to install the other stuff needed for Homebridge to run.

    Then install Homebridge following the ReadMe guide here.

    You'll then need to install the plugins you need for the devices you want to control.

    And then update your config.json file with the necessary info.
    You can use this sample, just remove the '-sample' part from the file name and update with your devices. The plugins on the NPM website should tell you what to write in the config.json file to get them to work.

    You can check your config.json file is correct by copying and pasting into this website.

    You should be able to run Homebridge now and add it as an accessory in a HomeKit enabled app such as Insteon+ or Elegato Eve.

    You might also want to run a VNC server on your Rpi so you can check up on it without having to connect a monitor/keyboard etc. if Homebridge crashes or you want to make some changes to your config.json file.

    Ok, that does seem like a lot to do! But if you read through the info in the links a few times and dedicate an hour to get it all done you should be fine!

    Good luck!
  5. brianbunge macrumors 6502


    Aug 11, 2011
    Kennesaw, GA
    How much would this have to be changed if I wanted to install HomeBridge on my Mac mini?
  6. sterling32 macrumors newbie


    May 27, 2015
    You would want to install Homebrew to get npm, but you would then be able to just follow the install on the HomeKit Github page. There may be some issues that would pop up during install, but it should be fine.

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