This is part of the Blockstream Satellite Kit setup guide.
The Blockstream Satellite Basic Kit receiver needs to be able to communicate to your Linux computer in order to process the data coming in via satellite. The blocksat-cli utility makes it easy to generate a configuration file to connect your kit to a Bitcoin node.
You will also need to install the hardware drivers on your computer to be able to use the Basic Kit receiver to process the Blockstream Satellite signal.
To enter a command, copy and paste each line as shown below and press enter after each one.
Install the Drivers
Open the Terminal on your Linux computer (Ctrl+Alt+T).
Install the receiver's drivers.
blocksat-cli deps tbs-drivers
Input your password when prompted. The driver installation will take some time and you'll see a bunch of text scrolling in your command line.
Once the installation is finished, reboot your computer.
Configure Your Computer
Create and configure the network interfaces that will output the IP traffic received via the TBS5927 by running the following command.
sudo blocksat-cli usb cfg
Warning: This command will modify your computer's networking settings. If you would like to review the changes that will be made before applying them, first run:
blocksat-cli usb cfg
Tip: This command will automatically assign an IP address to the interface. If you would like to define specific IP addresses instead—for example, to avoid IP address conflicts—add the command-line argument
sudo blocksat-cli usb cfg --ip 192.168.1.10.
Start the Basic Kit receiver.
blocksat-cli usb launch
Note: If you switch off either your computer or the satellite receiver between this step and aligning the antenna, you will need to run
blocksat-cli usb launchagain.
You can now proceed to install your antenna.