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Yeah right... Plug and Play?

So, you are a bit nervous because you are planning to try to connect your printer to your Raspberry Pi. The hardware has been pretty easy to setup. You've plugged in your SD card and you heard that it has something called Raspbian installed on it. You've plugged in the long cord that goes to the box that gives you internet access(all the techy guys at work call it an Ethernet cable and router). You've plugged in the USB cable to your printer and plugged the power adapter into the power outlet. The power light is on Raspberry Pi and it seems everything is ok. Now comes the easy part.

After you've downloaded the application and started it, you'll see this screen.

That's good news, because it's currently trying to find all of the 3D printers that you've already installed. If it finds a printer it will start it right up for you. However you're just getting started, so after a few seconds it will tell you that it can't find any printers like this:

Now all of those numbers don't mean much, but the good news is that it found a place to install Photonic3D. So now you can choose the row in the dropdown box that says “Remote install available”. If you've added a bunch of Raspberry Pis, they all will show up in the drop down box. Now click ok and the install will start:

You see a bunch of progress as it steps through all of the actions it takes to install Photonic. It will seem to wait forever on this step:

Finally, after Photonic3D is installed you see the screen below.

When it's enabled, Photonic3D can be secured with encryption and a sophisticated role based security. Today, we are just going to take the first step and secure the device from allowing any back door entry. The default password is 'raspberry', but we'd like you to change that and remember that password. Someday if you decide to learn about SSH and OS users you'll want to know that password you just changed.

Your printer software isn't that helpful unless it gives you the ability to install a preconfigured setup. Our software supports just about any printer configuration, but these are the ones we support out of the box:

If you don't own any of these printers, go ahead and click cancel. You'll just need to setup your printer manually. If you need help setting up your printer, post to our forum and I'll bet we could help you, so far I think we've helped everyone who has asked. :) Once you make your choice, you'll briefly see the following message while it searches for your printer:

With any luck, your default browser should appear with the following opening screen:

Nice job, I told you it was easier than that hardware stuff…