Raspberry Pi Meeting this Saturday, June 18th


Our next RPi meeting is this coming Saturday.

All our presenters are volunteers and have real jobs Monday through Friday. These topics are tentative and may be subject to change due to scheduling conflicts. Some may be rescheduled for a later (or earlier) date.

Our topics are:

1. “Building a RPi Asterisk PBX System”

Asterisk is a software implementation of a telephone private branch exchange (PBX); it allows attached telephones to make calls to one another, and to connect to other telephone services, such as the public switched telephone network (PSTN) and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services.

We’ll be looking at how to install and configure a modern PBX. You’ll also learn what a “dialing plan” is and how to make a coherent plan anyone can follow.

2. “Building a Private and Secure Router” (Part II)

We will continue our exploration of a RPi router suitable for public hot spots and hotels. If you are a “road warrior” you’ll want to attend this part of our meeting. Sending your banking information over an open wifi probably isn’t a good idea, so you’ll learn about the “secure” part of the RPi router in this meeting.

3. Python Programming Discussion

In this section we’ll pass out some helpful documents for Python programming and discuss various exercise and test programming sites on the Internet to keep your newly acquired knowledge about Python programming fresh. This month will be a “round table” about what you’ve learned what you would like to see – going forward – concerning Python.

4. Model Railroading, Big Ideas Small Footprint

We’ll get an introduction into how a model RR guy has solved automation issues for complex electric train layouts. Not your cup of tea? Or is it? You’ll get plenty of ideas and leads from “form and function” to design of your own home automation project.

5. Discussion About Future Meetings

We are at the “bottom of our list” and need new ideas and commitments from participants on topics you would like to present and/or learn about.

No project is “too big or too small”. Small projects are easy and fun to implement. The single use RPi offers a dedicated platform to solve single task problems. Also, “too big” – if you are looking for an ambitious project but are not sure where to begin, here’s your opportunity to bring it to our group of experts. Tell us about it.


The RPi Users Group isn’t all about RPi, we are also interested in peripherals, other small computing platforms such as Arduino, and programming. Bring your ideas to our meeting. The SIG is interested in your participation and ideas. We are not guided by a specific group. YOU decide what the topics will be. You will also be asked to present newly learned skills and share them with the group. That’s how it works.

Join us, our next meeting is:

Join us for the next RPi at UTD Campus in Richardson.

Next Meeting June 18, 2016 10:00 – 15:00 with 1 hour lunch break at 12:00

Location: UTD Campus
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080-3021

Building and Room: SLC 2.302

Please bring RPi, keyboard, screen, power strip AND EXTENSION COARD. Wireless internet is available. You must make accommodation on your RPi for the wireless capabilities.

Everyone is welcome.