Setting up the Pi with a Nexus 7 to act as a monitor

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Setting up the Pi with a Nexus 7 to act as a monitor

Postby cottonpickers » Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:37 pm

Well, I've got a Nexus 7 on order, and I'm going to use it as a cool monitor.

My plan is to install VNC to access the Pi remotely :-) wherever it is in the house. This will be 'Stage 1' of getting a website running on the pi (maybe even this one) using Solar and wifi so the pi sits outside all year :-) with the monitor (Nexus) inside.

So if you have a Nexus ordered, let me know and we can follow each other to get it optimally set up, and share what you are up to with yours.


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Re: Setting up the Pi with a Nexus 7 to act as a monitor

Postby TheWhiteDragon » Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:11 pm

hey cotton,

i have a motorola xoom tablet, i had never thought about using vnc to connect to it, bloody good idea :)

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Re: Setting up the Pi with a Nexus 7 to act as a monitor

Postby cottonpickers » Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:01 am

Nexus is out for delivery today.. Woohoo

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Re: Setting up the Pi with a Nexus 7 to act as a monitor

Postby TheWhiteDragon » Thu Jul 19, 2012 4:41 pm

lol, best give us a good review of it then :)
do i dare ask how much it cost ?

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Re: Setting up the Pi with a Nexus 7 to act as a monitor

Postby cottonpickers » Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:15 pm

Its arrived :-) seems very nice .. love the size. I paid £168 from Google direct. I was a bit tight and just got the 8gb version' became with £15 Google play credit so its not a bad price all in. Typing it on it currently. Need to get vnc sorted now :-)

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Re: Setting up the Pi with a Nexus 7 to act as a monitor

Postby TheWhiteDragon » Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:26 pm

cottonpickers wrote:Its arrived :-) seems very nice .. love the size. I paid £168 from Google direct. I was a bit tight and just got the 8gb version' became with £15 Google play credit so its not a bad price all in. Typing it on it currently. Need to get vnc sorted now :-)


nice, bloody cheap as well, though you'll still have the import tax to pay,
i bought my Nexus One the day it was released in yankie land, then got a bill of £90 from the DHL tax man :(

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Re: Setting up the Pi with a Nexus 7 to act as a monitor

Postby cottonpickers » Tue Jul 24, 2012 4:21 pm

I thought about getting it from the US to get it in Dollars, but like you I've been hit by duties before.... eek!

So in the end I got it from the UK Google Play Store.
I'm going to post full instructions later for this and the iPad, but for now, here's the eye candy!!
I was able to leave the Pi in the garden and control it indoors :-) sweet.

Image

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Re: Setting up the Pi with a Nexus 7 to act as a monitor

Postby TheWhiteDragon » Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:09 am

now thats cool :)
nice work.

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Re: Setting up the Pi with a Nexus 7 to act as a monitor

Postby cottonpickers » Sat Aug 25, 2012 12:54 pm

Using your Android or Apple iPad as a Pi monitor is actually pretty simple. These are the very few steps you need:

1. Download the free VNC software to your Pi

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sudo apt-get install tightvncserver


2. Start your VNC Server and choose your password when asked

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sudo tightvncserver


3. Set it up to listen for connections (My Nexus is 1280x800 screen so I'm using this resolution)

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vncserver :1 -geometry 1280x800 -depth 24


4. Find out the PI's IP address

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ip addr show


Now set up your Android / nexus /whatever by downloading and configuring the VNC Client
1. Go to Google Play and down a VNC Client. I chose AndroidVNC

2. Start it up, and put in the relevant details:

* Nickname (Anything you like here. I put PI)
* IP address that you got earlier
* Port - 5901
* Password (the one you set earlier)

JOB DONE!

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Re: Setting up the Pi with a Nexus 7 to act as a monitor

Postby curly420 » Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:57 am

The Nexus 7 alone will power the Pi and VNC is smooth. http://cl.ly/image/163b1D1K1R3C


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