Click the “Setup guide”  to set up a Raspberry Pi to record seismic data with WinSdr and upload to the Regional Seismic Network (RSN)


“The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It’s capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing games. What’s more, the Raspberry Pi has the ability to interact with the outside world, and has been used in a wide array of digital maker projects, from music machines and parent detectors to weather stations and tweeting birdhouses with infra-red cameras. “

It’s low cost and power requirements makes it ideally suitable for amateur seismology.

Once setup it can be run ‘headlessly’, i.e. without a monitor or keyboard and be controlled remotely via the internet.

The Windows Programs we use to monitor earthquakes normally run on Intel x86 machines. The RASPBERRY Pi is an Mini PC using an ARM based architecture  which does not support Windows x86 applications

With Eltechs ExaGear Desktop you can run Intel x86 application on your ARM-based Mini PC ( RASPBERRY Pi ) simultaneously with common native applications.

 ExaGear is a virtual machine that implements virtual x86 Linux container on ARM and allows you to run Intel x86 applications directly on ARM. You can run Windows applications on your ARM Mini PC if you install Wine.

more details on the Raspberry Pi can be read on this wiki




  • SD Card
    • at least an 8GB class 4 SD card, preferably 16 or 32GB to store a lot of seismic data. 
  • Display & connectivity cable
  • Keyboard and mouse.
    • Any standard USB keyboard and mouse will work with your Raspberry Pi.
    • Wireless keyboards and mice will work if already paired.
    • For keyboard layout configuration options see raspi-config  or  “Configure the Pi” section
  • Power supply
    • The Pi is powered by a USB Micro power supply (like most standard mobile phone chargers).
    • You'll need a good-quality power supply that can supply at least 2 Amps at 5 Volts for the Model 3B
  • Ethernet cable
    • is used to connect your Pi to a local network and the internet.  or
  • WiFi,
    • you can connect to a wireless network using a USB wireless dongle, which will require configuration.
  • Exagear virtual machine


  • External USB Hard Drive or USB thumb (flash) drive to store vast amounts of data


Raspberry Pi 2 Model B

Raspberry Pi 3


900 MHz

1200 MHz




ACT Led 2

Raspberry Pi 3 ACT LED, see FAQ pages for information and troubleshooting on the LED activity

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