15 October 2013

How to: Set up Raspberrypi XBMC Without Keyboard, Mouse or Wired Ethernet

Get an XBMC client running on Raspberrypi without attaching a keyboard, mouse, or wired ethernet.


  • Raspberrypi
  • Micro USB power source (5v)
  • HDMI cable
  • SD card (recommend at least 5GB)


  1. Install: information here: http://www.raspbmc.com/
    Really easy on Mac OS
    NB: Configure the wifi during your install (or  you will need to use a WiFi extender eg. TP-LINK in extender mode via wired ethernet port.)
  2. Enable remote control via Android
    Connect via SSH:
    1. SSH to Raspbmc
    2. edit the gui settings to allow android remote:
      sudo vi ~/.xbmc/userdata/guisettings.xml
      1. Search for esallinterfaces
      2. Set it to true
      3. :wq to save and exit the file.
  3. Install XBMC remote for Android or iPhone.
    It might say connection refused. ignore that and go to settings:
    1. Set the IP address to your raspberry pi (use a network scanner like Fing to find it)
    2. Select 80 as the port
    3. Username and password blank unless you've changed them
    4. Use as remote (ignore connection refused).

SSH to Raspbmc

  1. Use: Terminal on Mac/Linux, Putty on Windows, Juice SSH on Android.
  2. Find IP of Raspbmc: look on your router, or use Fing on android
  3. ssh pi@[ip address]
  4. password raspberry


  • Quartz interface: Like Apple TV http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=101319
    • SSH to raspbmc
    • wget --no-check-certificate https://github.com/pecinko/quartz/archive/master.zip
    • On Raspbmc: Addons, install from zip, Home folder select 
    • Settings->Appearance->settings
  • Airplay: enable in System > Network > “Allow XBMC to receive AirPlay content”
  • Allow UPnP remote control in Rasbmc: Go to System, Settings, Services, UPnP and select Allow control of XBMC via UPnP

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