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Using Domino Pi

LED and buttons

Domino Pi board has two LEDs. The red LED is for Power, which should be always on when powered. The blue LED is for wireless (or WLAN), which will indicate the status of the wireless connection by default, but it can be configured to indicate any other status of the system.

LED & Buttons

Beside the WLAN LED, there is a button which connects to GPIO 11. This button can be reconfigured by scripts, but the default action is:

  1. With a short press, it will toggle the status of WiFi, i.e. it will turn on/off the WiFi;
  2. With a long press (10 seconds), it will revert the system to factory status.

The ethernet boards have more LEDs. For example, as shown in the photo below, the WAN led and WLAN LED is on.

LED & Buttons

First time use

When Domino power up for the first time, it will connect to the Internet using DHCP and emit a wifi single with ssid: Domino-xxx, where xxx is the last three characters of your MAC address.

The default WiFi password is: goodlife.

The first time you use Domino, it is suggested that you connect to it directly using WiFi or connect it directly to your router. Then using a browser (firefox or chrome) to visit http://domino.local to get access to it.


If you are using Windows and cannot find domino.local, you may need to install Bounjor from Apple. Download it from

The first time you use your Domino, it will ask you to setup the name and a password. Then reboot your device.


ATTENTION: The password is only for the embedded Linux system, not your WiFi. If you want to change your wifi password, you can logon to the system and change it later.

ATTENTION: If you change your board's name, for example to "myboard", after reboot you will need to use http://myboard.local to find it.

Hint: If you don't want to have a reboot, just go to luci (the url is: http://domino.local/cgi-bin/luci) and set up a password. You will be prompted with a login page.

The Homepage

After login, you will have a clean homepage, displaying the status of network and USB devices. You have links on the left side to vairous pages of Domino WebUI.

You will also have pie chart displaying your flash usuage.


Network settings

Connect to the Internet

The default protocol for WAN is DHCP, but you can change it according to your needs. You have 5 choices, including DHCP, Static, PPPoE, 3G, Tethering and WiFi. The 3g protocol lets you connect Domino to the internet via a USB 3g/4g modem. The Tethering protocol lets you connect Domino to the internet via an Android phone. The WiFi choice lets you connect your Domino to an AP (e.g. router) wirelessly.


Change Wifi and LAN settings

In the same page, you can also change WiFi and LAN settings. You can enable/disable Wifi, change the ssid, security or password.

ATTENTION Turning on WiFi (AP) only affects Domino's AP signal without affecting its connection to your router as a client.

ATTENTION The default LAN IP of Domino Pi is If this is your router's IP as well, please change it to another addres, e.g., in order that it can connect to the internet succefully.

Working with USB devices

You can connect USB devices to Domino with the USB tiles.


If you connect a USB disk, you will find a pie chart showing its storage usage. By clicking the pi chart, you will be able to list the contents of the storage device.

If you connect a USB webcam, you will have a live video streaming charge in your homepage. Please consult the "Live video streaming" page for more details.

Code editor

By clicking the "Editor" link on the homepage or clicking directly on the flash or USB devices on the homepage, you will be able to list the contents of flash or USB storage and edit the contents of their files.

Code editor

You can view or edit individual files directly.

ATTENTION When editing files, your data is not encrypted.

ATTENTION Your Domino board has to be connected to the internet in order to use the web editor, because the browser needs to load some big scripts to display the code nicely!


By clicking the Luci link on homepage, you will go to the LUCI webui, which is the default webui of openwrt. The webui is for advanced users and we will not explain in detail here.


At the bottom right corner of the LUCI webui, you will find a link "Domino Web Panel". Click it to go back to the Domino UI.


  1. When you change your password, settings, etc, your data is encrypted when trasfered over the network.

  2. Wen you view or modify files using the code editor, the data is NOT encrypted.

  3. When you use a webcam, the default setting does NOT have a password, i.e. it is OPEN TO THE INTERNET. Everyone will be able to see you if there is no firewall. Please refer to the "Live video streaming" are for more info.