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This is an evolution of my original stoker_mon project. And my evolution, I mean complete rewrite from scratch. This is a web server designed to control and monitor a Stoker power draft controller.

The Stoker

I have a Stoker WiFi, but I've found that the WiFi isn't all that stable. It will periodically drop, and the Stoker itself has a pretty horrid security model considering its intended purpose is to control an active fire right next to your house. The new Stoker II may fix some of these issues, but so does a Raspberry Pi.

What you'll need is a Raspberry Pi with a physical Ethernet port and a WiFi dongle. The WiFi is how it connects to the Internet, the physical Ethernet port is how it connects to the Stoker. The first thing you'll want to do is the standard Raspberry Pi stuff. Use something like nmap -sP 192.168.0.0/24 to find your current hosts, power up the Pi with the Ethernet port plugged in and run the command again to find the Pi. You should now be able to telnet in with pi/raspberry and run the initial setup to expand the storage, change the password, and whatever else you want to do.

First job is to get the WiFi running. If you run ifconfig you should see a wlan0, if not you'll need to find drivers. Now edit /etc/network/interfaces to include your network name and password:

allow-hotplug wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
        wpa-ssid "MyWiFi"
        wpa-psk "my_password"