Powered by the adapter of my old smartphone, a standard 4GB SD card inserted to the left and a network cable to the right and the RaZberry connected to the GPIO. Power the thing up, wait about 30 seconds, start an ssh session to the RPi and you’re good to go!
Well, some preparations had to be done though, but those were all very easy and went very smooth.
First, make sure you have a SD card and a USB card reader. I didn’t, so I went to a local shop for those items after work. The image that has to be written to the SD card can be downloaded from here. Windows users will also need a tool to write the image to the SD card, for that I used Win32DiskImager. I inserted the SD card into the card holder of the RPi, connected the network cable and power adapter and saw the LEDs starting to blink. So far so good..
Next I used PuTTY to login. User pi, password raspberry. I followed the instructions on the screen (sudo raspi-config) to set the Time Zone and things like that and was done within half an hour or so, including preparing the SD card.
One of the first things I did was installing joe, my favorite editor on Linux (with Wordstar keystrokes, yeah!). That’s when you get reminded of the fact that the RPi is not your regular full-blown desktop PC – it took a bit longer to install than I was used to. I really don’t wanna know how long it would take to compile Apache from source… 😉 Well, never mind, that’s not what I’m going to use this RPi for anyway.
After shutting down the RPi I connected the RaZberry to the GPIO and booted again. The software for the RaZberry can be installed very easily:
wget -q -O – http://razberry.z-wave.me/install|sudo bash
After a 2nd reboot I could now surf to http://<rpi-ip-address>:8083/ and watch the demo User Interface of the RaZberry:
And after that… this exciting new adventure stopped, due to the lack of Z-Wave hardware. I can’t wait to find out if this combination of a RPi and the RaZberry add-on will enable me to use Z-Wave without too much hassle, cause that’s my ultimate goal – ‘talk’ to Z-Wave hardware through the RaZberry JSON API and not having to worry about every little detail – there are too much other things to explore, right??