What to bring

A checklist of items and software to have on hand when working with a SensorGnome

Before you visit a SensorGnome, it's important to have a few key items and software on hand or on your computer. Some of these are absolutely essential while others can save you time and headaches in the future if you already have them with you.

The following checklist is broken down by receiver type. Essential, or very important, items are indicated with solid circles while optional (but often useful) items are represented by hollow circles.

Item / software

Raspberry Pi


Laptop (with battery fully charged)

iTunes (not needed on Mac)

FileZilla (or similar FTP client)

Firefox and Chrome (or one of the other Chrome-based browsers (Microsoft Edge, Vivaldi, Brave, etc)

Mini USB to Standard USB cable (technically a Mini Type-B to USB Type A cable)

Micro USB to Standard USB cable (technically a Micro Type-B to USB Type A cable)

Ethernet cable

Ethernet-USB adapter (if your computer does not have a designated Ethernet port; many new laptops do not)

Raspberry Pi SG software (saved on your computer)

BeagleBone SG full software image (saved on your computer)

BeagleBone SG rescue image (saved on your computer)

BeagleBone SG CTT compatibility patch (saved on your computer)

Balena Etcher or Raspberry Pi Image- (or similar image writing software)

7zip (your computer may already be able to read and extract compressed .7zip files, but if not, you'll need this to use any of the SG software files)

Spare MicroSD cards (may not be necessary but very helpful to have)

Method of reading MicroSD cards on your computer (either a MicroSD to SD adapter if your computer has an SD slot, or more likely a USB card reader)

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