The site pi-wallet.com is the home of the Pi-Wallet. There are two types of Bitcoin wallets software and hardware. A hardware wallet protects your Bitcoins from the prying eyes, malware, hackers and viruses by keeping them separate from the internet.
Visually a Pi-Wallet that you buy from www.pi-wallet.com is an elegant looking transparent case. You can see the electronics lying underneath and in essence it consists of a Raspberry Pi in a transparent case and 2 SDHC cards with an operating system and Armory (a secure bitcoin wallet)
The operating system running on the Raspberry Pi and Armory which in itself is a software based secure Bitcoin wallet are open source. Together they work in tandem to make a functional, efficient and secure Pi-Wallet.
To make the Armory work in sync with the Pi Wallet some amount of configuration is required. In case the user needs help the support team at the Pi Wallet website http://www.pi-wallet.com helps you and installs the Armory service service and makes it functional for the user. Placing an order and buying the Raspberry Pi based Pi Wallet invololves placing an order with CryptoCoins Consulting Ltd. to install an operating system and Armory on 2 SDHC cards.
The Pi Wallet package includes one Raspberry Pi with a case and the 2 micro SDHC cards the Shipped package does not include a power cable since the Raspberry Pi can be powered using a micro USB cable which most people have with them.
Software Used to run the Pi Wallet are
- – Raspbian (debian based Raspberry OS)
- – Armory (Most feature-rich and secure bitcoin wallet)
- Additional things that are required to run the Raspberry Pi but are not included in the package are
- – HDMI cable
- – micro-USB cable (for powering the Raspberry Pi)
- – mouse, keyboard, monitor
- A user can puchase the Pi Wallet from the www.pi-wallet.com buy page here
A Step by Step Guide to Pi Wallet
A Pi Wallet is a Raspberry Pi based hard ware wallet to keep your Coins secure by isolating them from the internet.
Step 1. To Buy Pi- Wallet, visit its official website www.pi-wallet.com .To get an authentic product, support and any warranties all buy orders must be placed on this official website only.
To place a buy order navigate to the shop page and select the Pi wallet from there or directly visit the URL http://www.pi-wallet.com/products/pi-wallet using your browser.
Payments can be done using Bitcoin, Paypal and Credit Card.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click add to cart.
This takes you to the payment page which looks as follows.
Here you can add any special instructions for your order. The site lets you make payment with your Paypal account. This way you can make a purchase without sharing your credit card information.
If you want to buy more products then you can go back on the shop page and add more products to your cart otherwise you can checkout and make payment. If you do not want to use Paypal to make the payment then you can click the Checkout button.
On the next screen you would find fields to fill the buyer contact details and the shipping address. Fill those fields and click the continue to shipping method button.
On the next page confirm the correctness of the name and the shipping address
Then click “continue to payment method” button. This takes you to the following screen.
Here you get the option to select one of the 3 payment methods
- Credit Card or
Your orders will be shipped within 2 business days after payment confirmation. However, sometimes the item gets stuck with the customs which increases the waiting time.
The package that arrives would contain a Raspberry Pi and 2 SDHC cards. You can insert the SDHC card in its slot and then connect the keyboard and mouse to the Raspberry Pi. There after connect the micro USB cable to power the Raspberry Pi unit. If everything goes well then you should see Rasberry Pi boot up and the Pi Wallet logo will show up on the screen as part of the process. Once the loading is complete you would see the Armory window come up on your screen.
In case you need some help or clarification you can always contact the Pi Wallet team by clicking the Contact Us link on the Pi Wallet site.
This opens up a contact form that looks as the image below
Fill out your contact details and ask your query using the message field.
In case you wish to build your own Pi Wallet then the steps are as follows
Hardware needed to build a Raspberry Pi
- Raspberry Pi model B
- SD card on 8 Gb
- The power supply for the Raspberry Pi (phone charger with micro USB) or a micro USB cable
- USB flash stick.
- SD card reader
- USB keyboard and mouse
- HDMI cable and HDMI TV / monitor or DVI monitor + adapter DVI-HDMI
- Case for Raspberry Pi
- Software Needed
- Armory wallet v0.94.1 for online computer – https://github.com/goatpig/BitcoinArmory/releases/tag/v0.94.1
- Raspbian image https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspbian
- Ubuntu 14.04 http://www.ubuntu.com/download – I used tis version, but i think you can use 16.04 or any other version.
If you do not want to install Ubuntu on your PC you can use VirtualBox. Armory wallet v0.94.1 for Raspberry Pi. Latest compiled version of Armory wallet for Raspberry Pi – 0.93.3, so let’s compile v0.94.1.
Additional Ubuntu packages to compile Armory wallet:
Steps to build a Raspberry Pi wallet from the components
- Install Raspbian image to SD card:
- Start Ubuntu.
- Run terminal:
- Download Raspbian image:
- mkdir raspbianimage
- cd raspbianimage
- wget https://downloads.raspberrypi.org/raspbian_latest
- Insert SD card into a card reader and run the terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T)
- Depending on size of your card (for example 8Gb card have size about 7,8G) find the “letter” of your card.
Create wallet. After confirming encryption password wallet will hang for several minutes No need to worry or panic it is OK.Make a copy or copies of the wallet. It is recommended that you make paper backup and store it in a safe place. However please keep in mind that a person who has your paper wallet has access to your Bitcoins so keep all your paper wallets secure and if possible in a vault.In addition, for maximum security, it is recommended that you do not connect your Raspberry Pi that has neen configured as a Pi Wallet to a network after the creation of offline wallet! You can export watching only copy of your wallet to an online computer with a USB flash drive. Watching only copy does not contain the private key. You can receive Bitcoins to watching only addresses,but to spend you must sign the transaction by private key that are stored in your Raspberry Pi wallet.