Connecting with your pi-top[4]

One of the first things you'll want to do is to connect with your pi-top[4] to start using it!

The pi-top has several ways of connecting to it. If you're booting up your pi-top for the first time, please visit this page to get started.

After you're connected with your pi-top, you'll need it's IP address to access it.

Using your pi-top as an Access Point (AP)

The first time you boot up your device, it will broadcast a Wi-Fi network that you can connect to. The miniscreen of the device will guide you through the steps required to connect to it, including the network name (Should be something like 'pi-top-XXXX') and password. Once you're connected, it's required that you complete a small onboarding to configure your device.

If you already completed the first-boot onboarding, you can continue using your pi-top as an Access Point. You'll need to activate this mode using the miniscreen application. Go to the 'Settings' menu and scroll down to the 'Wi-Fi Hotspot' entry. If the circle at the right-hand side has a tick, it means that this mode is already enabled, so you can continue to the next step. If it has a cross, press the 'Select' button to enable it.

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To learn the Access Point network name and password, go back to the main miniscreen menu using the 'Cancel' button. Then, navigate to the 'Network' menu and scroll down to 'Wi-Fi Hotspot'. You should see the network name at the top, the password at the middle and the device IP address at the bottom. Now using your computer, connect to this network using the credentials provided.

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Once you're connected, you can use the device IP to connect to the device.

Using the Display Cable

If you have the green Display Cable, follow this guide to connect your computer with the pi-top[4].

Via Wi-Fi

During first-boot onboarding, you can configure your pi-top to connect to a Wi-Fi network. You can connect the device to another network later, using the Wi-Fi icon in the start-bar or using the Web-Portal.

To learn the IP address and the network the pi-top is connected to, you can use the miniscreen. Navigate to the 'Network' menu and scroll to the 'Wi-Fi' entry. You should see the network signal strength at the top, the network name at the middle and the pi-top's IP address at the bottom.

You can use that IP address to connect to the pi-top. 

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Make sure that both your pi-top [4] and your device are connected to the same WiFi network when using this IP address to access to the pi-top.

Via Ethernet

To connect through a wired connection, first plug in your ethernet cable into the ethernet port of your pi-top [4]. To learn the IP address of the device using the miniscreen, navigate to the 'Network' menu and scroll to the 'Ethernet' entry.

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Make sure that both your pi-top [4] and your device are connected to the same network when using this IP address to access to the pi-top.