Your Permanent Poietic Hotspot: Do It Yourself!

Your receiver may look like this, but you may want to customize it in a Louis XV style by adding a golden frame. Of course, the receiver may also be connected to a beamer (a pico or a giant one).

First : buy a few pieces of hardware for about 60 €/$
here for example



  • Raspberry PI (version B)
  • RPI plastic box
  • Power supply RPI (micro USB, 1 Amp min)
  • SD card (min 4G0)
  • WiFI dongle (WI-PI recommended)
  • USB hub (2 ports min) in order to connect a USB mouse & a USB keyboard (removed after installation)
  • HDMI/VGA converter (only if you use a VGA screen/beamer) otherwise a HDMI cable.
  • An old screen or a beamer.


  • Format the SD card by using your PC with that kind of tool (Windows). See other formatters here, i.e. this one for MAC.



  • Download NOT the latest Raspberry Pi’s New Out of Box Software (NOOBS) which is to heavy a 4G0 SD card, but a previous version (
  • Unpack the NOOBS zip file onto the SD card (use WinRAR for example)
  • Eject the SD card from your PC and connect it to the RPI.
  • Plug your Raspberry Pi to DC. You will see this page:



  • Choose Raspbian and your language and keyboard type. Click « Install ».
  • Reboot after the end of installation. Then you will get this page.



  • Change the password.
  • Enable boot to desktop
  • In advanced option, enable SSHSelect « Finish » and reboot. You will get this screen:



  • Open « WIFI Config ». You should see wlanO if you choosed a good WIFI dongle (WI-PI recommended).
  • Click on « scan », select your WIFI hotspot, select the WEP or PSK…
  • Enter your password. Click on « add », then »Connect ».
    You should see that an IP is attributed to your RPI.

Configuration (thx to pikisok for the tutorial)

  • Launch the LXTerminal from the desktop. You must be root.

    sudo su
  • Update the list of packages and install git
    (copy/paste the following command into the LXTerminal & Return. It will take a while to execute)

    sudo apt-get update && apt-get upgrade -y && apt-get install git-core
  • Install chromium, x11-server-utils and unclutter (to hide the cursor from x11)
    sudo apt-get install chromium x11-xserver-utils unclutter
  • Prevent the screen from going black and disable the screensaver.
    sudo pico /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE/autostart
  • Find the following line and comment it using a # (it should be located at the bottom)
    #@xscreensaver -no-splash
  • and append the following lines
    @xset s off 
    @xset -dpms
    @xset s noblank
    @chromium --kiosk --incognito
  • Save (Ctlr X), reboot.
    sudo reboot


Your receiver should display non-stop the full-screen picture of the Poetic Generator. Enjoy!
In a future update of this document, I will explain how to configure the Raspberry PI to become an open poietic hotspot.

Okay, if your find this a bit complicated, your may order one receiver to me for a few €/$ more. It would be a way to support the project.

Contact : olivier DOT auber @



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