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Share Internet Between macOS and a Raspberry Pi Zero Over USB

If you’re a fan of the Raspberry Pi, you might have stumbled upon my tutorial for interacting with a Raspberry Pi Zero using nothing more than a USB cable. If you recall, the standard Raspberry Pi Zero has no WiFi, no Bluetooth, and no Ethernet.

Alright, so let’s assume that you’re able to interact with your Raspberry Pi Zero. Now what? How do you update it, download new software, or work on some awesome projects that might require internet in some fashion?

Well, you could take a look at my tutorial titled, Three Simple Ways to get Online with a Raspberry Pi Zero IoT Device, or you could share the internet of your host computer without having to purchase any extra hardware.

In this tutorial we’re going to see how to share the internet from our host device, assuming that host is macOS.

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Determine Network Availability In A NativeScript With Angular Mobile App

When developing mobile applications, there is often a need to perform certain tasks when a network connection is available. Not only this, but sometimes you only want to perform tasks depending on the type of network connection. For example, what if you wanted to backup large photos only when the Android or iOS device is connected to WiFi rather than 3G or 4G? To accomplish this, we need to determine the network availability and monitor it for changes.

We’re going to see how to check the network connection type and monitor it for changes within an Android and iOS mobile application using NativeScript and Angular.

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Three Simple Ways To Get Online With A Raspberry Pi Zero IoT Device

As you know from the guides that I put out, I’m a Raspberry Pi collector. I collect the full size units as well as the Pi Zero units. In a previous post I explained how to emulate ethernet over a USB as a way to connect to a Pi Zero that is not using WiFi or ethernet. However, what happens when you decide you’re at a point where you’d like to bring your Pi Zero online?

I’m going to show you three quick, easy, and cheap ways to get WiFi internet on your Raspberry Pi Zero IoT device, none of which will require any soldering or advanced hardware knowledge.

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Determine Network Availability In An Ionic 2 Mobile App

Continuing to freshen up my popular Ionic Framework tutorials in preparation for the release of Ionic 2, I figured it was time to revisit how to determine network availability in an application. Previously I showed how to check for a network connection using Ionic Framework 1, but this time it makes sense to do the same using Ionic 2.

We’ll use the same Apache Cordova Network Information plugin from the previous tutorial, but this time we’ll evaluate how to use it with Angular.

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Check Network Connection With Ionic Framework

When creating a mobile app, specifically one that makes heavy use of the internet, it is often necessary to make sure an internet connection exists at launch and possibly display a message or perform an action if one does not exist.

The following is for an Ionic Framework 1 application. If you’re using Ionic 2, you will want to check here.

The following chunk of example code is typically found in your Ionic Framework project’s js/app.js file. It demonstrates how to check if a network connection exists on application load and how to display an Ionic popup that is nicely styled in comparison to a JavaScript alert dialog.

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