Shelter-in-Place Journal, Day 178

It was smoky and dark and cool all day, but there was a lot less orange to the light today; I guess that’s an improvement.

I played Raspberry Pi Roulette today trying to figure out what’s going on. My Pi Zero W ran all night and didn’t miss too many temperature updates, but the logs show it dropping off the network fairly frequently for a few seconds and then recovering. My other Pi Zero W (the one attached to the alarm system) doesn’t seem to drop off the network at all. I could swap the two units and see where the trouble goes, but I’d rather not mess up the alarm system.

I still have a couple of first-generation Raspberry Pi Bs. They’re slower than the Pi Zero W, and it makes a big difference – one of the old units crashed as soon as I plugged the radio dongle into it; the other ran, but kept losing packets under load, so it wasn’t a help, either.

I guess the next step is to make a new SD card with the same software I’m using for the alarm, plug it into the Pi Zero W I’m debugging, and see if it stays on the network.

Computers are such fun sometimes.

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