Node Setup

If you elected to have your node shipped without pre-configuration, once you have it on the WiFi and communicating with your ClearNode mobile app, your next task is to configure it with your AllStar and Echolink credentials and settings. Here’s what the Your Nodes screen will look like.

The yellow highlight indicates that the node is transmitting it’s IP Address over the integrated radio. Drill into the Node Detail screen by tapping on that first row in the table.

At the bottom of the screen the “Node Setup” section has partially scrolled off the screen. Scroll up and tap on “AllStar/Echolink setup”.

Once you have your AllStar node number and the details for your Echolink credentials – go ahead and fill out the screen above. All fields are required although only callsigns and passwords are validated by the target systems. If you don’t wish to use Echolink turn off the “Configure Echolink” switch.

When you’re ready tap the save button in the top right corner of the screen, your setup will be sent to your ClearNode and it will reboot.

You can use this screen multiple times to adjust your setup. (The previous settings are copied to a backup file of the same name with the current date-time appended to the file name – you can access these files by logging in directly into the Raspberry Pi with SSH using the username “root” and the password is your ClearNode Key.)

Note: The setup process recreates your ClearNode Device setup files by merging these settings into a set of templates.  This is important to understand because if you make changes to the target configuration files directly via an SSH login to the Raspberry Pi – whatever changes you make outside of the ClearNode mobile app will be overwritten and lost if you subsequently send the setup from the ClearNode mobile app.

There are some advanced settings hidden in the screen above. They including control over courtesy tones and station ID announcing. Head over to the Settings screen and turn on “Node Setup expert mode”. Return to this Node Setup screen and the extra settings will be available.