Quick Start Guide

Welcome to the Raspberry Shake Community! Now it is time to get your Raspberry Shake RS1D, RS3D, RS4D, RJAM, RBOOM and/ or RS&BOOM up and running!

In this manual we refer to the Raspberry Jam as the “RJAM”, the Raspberry Boom as “RBOOM” and the Raspberry ‘Shake and Boom’ as the RS&BOOM.

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Do It Yourselfers - please visit diy.raspberryshake.org for laser cutter and 3D printer source files and the SD card image.

How to install your Raspberry Shake

Raspberry Shake was designed as a personal seismograph for settings with lots of noise generated by cars passing by, people walking about, etc. You can install your Shake in almost any location- in your home, office, under your desk or even in a seismic vault but for best results, install your Raspberry Shake on the bare floor (no carpet) and not on top of your desk. A good location for the Shake would likely be on the concrete slab of the lowest floor, near a foundation wall and away from furnaces, washing machines, air conditioners and such.


The Raspberry Shake has a plastic enclosure. If you are going to use tools, be careful. You can easily overtighten the screws (especially the leveling feet) and strip the threads. We recommend nothing more than hand-tight.

Note for the Raspberry Shake RS3D and RS4D

As the RS3D and RS4D have orthogonal components of velocity and acceleration, respectively (up-down, north-south, east-west), you will have to use a compass to align the RS3D or RS4D towards North. We provide a North Arrow on the RS3D and RS4D boards.

Note for the Raspberry Shake RBOOM and RS&BOOM

See here for RBOOM and RS&BOOM specific installation instructions: Raspberry Boom (RBOOM/ RS&BOOM) Infrasound Monitors

Turning your Raspberry Shake on for the first time

First time configuration:

  1. Plug an Ethernet cable into your Raspberry Shake and connect the other end to one of the ports on the back of your Wifi router or an Ethernet jack in the wall. Do not plug the Ethernet cable from the Raspberry Shake into your computer- Unlike, say, a printer or some other device that connects to your computer, your Raspberry Shake is a full-featured computer by itself. Once it’s been properly configured, it will hum along on its merry way, acting as a seismograph 24 hours a day, seven days a week. However, the main difference between your Raspberry Shake and most other computers is that it doesn’t have a keyboard, mouse, or monitor to let you control it. Folks in the Raspberry Pi community like to call this “running headless.” As a result, in order to make any changes to your Raspberry Shake, you’ll need to access it over the Internet using another computer.


    We do not recommend using the built-in Raspberry Shake 3 Model B’s wifi, but it is available. Be aware that using the built-in Wifi (as opposed to Ethernet or Wifi from a USB adapter) will introduce high amplitude RF noise into the Raspberry Shake, often seriously compromising the seismic signal by introducing high amplitude low-frequency spikes. This appears to be a result of the proximity of the Wifi antenna to the Raspberry Shake board itself. External/ USB wifi solutions are not as problematic because the wifi antenna is further from the Raspberry Shake board. The Raspberry Pi Zero “W” and Raspberry 3 Model B+ do not appear to suffer from this same problem and can be safely used in native wifi mode.

  2. Once the Ethernet cable is connected to the router, plug the unit in and power it on. A blue LED should light up on the Raspberry Shake card. If you assembled your own unit and a blue LED does not come on, check that the Raspberry Shake card is aligned correctly (see position of Raspberry Shake with respect to the Raspberry Pi header in the video above).


    When running your Raspberry Shake for the first time, you must be connected to the Internet to allow the software to automatically update. Depending on your bandwidth, the update could take seconds or tens of minutes.

  3. Open a browser on your phone, tablet, desktop computer or laptop and navigate to http://rs.local


    rs.local replaced raspberryshake.local


    Web elements are currently only activately supported on Google Chrome. Internet Explorer is not actively supported but this and other browsers may work as well.


    If you have more than one Raspberry Shake on the same network, they will appear as rs.local, rs-2.local, … , rs-n.local

  4. Open the menu, choose the Settings icon and configure your Raspberry Shake. Enable data forwarding to share data with the Raspberry Shake Community and enjoy all of our web and mobile app tools:

    After enabling data forwarding, please take a minute to zoom in and to select exactly where your Raspberry Shake lives, down to the building and not just the city or town. This is critical for accurate earthquake locations. You can update this information at any time. We have been testing this feature by traveling around with Raspberry Shake in our backpacks and reconfiguring it everywhere we go!


    For user privacy reasons, we obscure the location of each Shake by a couple hundred meters in a random direction. For more information about this, see: Why is the location on StationView, ShakeNet, and in metadata “wrong” by a couple hundred meters?.

  5. After you have answered all of the data forwarding questions and selected your Raspberry Shake’s geolocation, hit the “Save and Restart” button. You will be prompted to enter a password. The default is “shakeme”. Wait a few minutes and then check out StationView. Search for your Raspberry Shake on the station map (If you already had stationView open before configuring your Raspberry Shake, then hit Crtl+F5 first to refresh the page!). For more information see The Raspberry Shake Worldwide Network.

  6. To view and interpret the live data feed coming from your Raspberry Shake, please download “Swarm”. Swarm is a software package that runs on your laptop or Desktop computer, displays a live data stream from your Raspberry Shake and allows for numerous methods of data interpretation and interaction. To download Swarm navigate to “Actions” and hit the download Swarm button. See How to visualize the waveforms for more details.

Default username and password

username: myshake
password: shakeme

Now that you are up and running, secure your Raspberry Shake

Before you do anything else, it’s essential that you change the password on your Raspberry Shake in order to keep it secure. The basic anti-hacking measures that you can take to keep your Raspberry Shake safe are described at Ready, Set, Get Hacked! Security and Raspberry Shake

How to get the most out of your microSD card

The life of your microSD card will be a short one unless you take some easy steps to protect it including:

  • If you plan to move your Raspberry Shake from one location to another, or shut her down for any reason, always do so from the web front-end. Never just pull the plug on her. Doing so will damage the microSD card and may even render it dead.
  • We recommend pairing your Raspberry Shake with a small UPS backup power supply. UPS’s that have Ethernet protection are the best. Doing this will protect your Raspberry Shake from spikes and other inconsistencies in the power supply (something less important for highly developed countries) but, more importantly, it will help the Raspberry Shake bridge short- to medium-term power outages, dramatically extending the life of the microSD card.