Turn a regular PC into a PiRogue

This recipe is dedicated to intrepid users ๐Ÿ˜Ž


To follow this recipe we need:

  • a PC with one Ethernet interface, one wireless interface and Debian 11 freshly installed
  • the wireless interface has to support the AP mode (access-point mode)
  • the PC is connected to our local network via its Ethernet adapter
  • the PC has an Internet connection


Don’t install any desktop environment.

Prepare the system

We will do everything by command line so, we connect to our PC and run the following command to upgrade it:

sudo apt update
sudo apt dist-upgrade

Then install iw to check if the wireless interface supports the AP mode:

sudo apt install iw

run iw listand scroll through its output to check if the wireless interface supports the AP mode. If so, it should look like

Output of iw list

Install the PiRogue packages

Next, we have to add the PTS PPA (repositoty containing all PiRogue packages) by running

sudo curl -o /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pirogue.list https://pts-project.org/debian-12/pirogue.list
sudo curl -o /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/pirogue.asc   https://pts-project.org/debian-12/Key.gpg
sudo apt update

Finally install the PiRogue features:

sudo apt install pirogue-base

Check if everything runs properly

To check how healthy our PiRogue is, run

pirogue-ctl status 
Output of pirogue-ctl status

If we see everything in a mix of purple and green, congrats! If not, join the Discord channel to get help.