Setting up the Matter Hub (Raspberry Pi)#


The Matter Hub consists of the Open Thread Border Router (OTBR) and the chip-tool running on a Raspberry Pi. Silicon Labs has developed a Raspberry Pi image that can be downloaded and flashed onto an SD Card for the Raspberry Pi.

In short, the Matter Controller sends IPv6 packets to the OTBR, which converts the IPv6 packets into Thread packets. The Thread packets are then routed to the Silicon Labs end device.

How to use the Silicon Labs Matter Raspberry Pi Image (Matter Hub)#

Note that if you have already downloaded the Raspberry Pi image and installed it, you may only need to update the image that you already have on your Raspberry Pi in order to use it with the current release. In this case you can follow the instructions on the Matter Tool Page to update your existing installation.

Step 1. Raspberry Pi Image Download#

The provided Raspberry Pi image is used as a Matter Controller with the OTBR.

The image can be downloaded from the Matter Artifacts page

Please note that this image, even when zipped up, is quite large ~5GB so this download will take a while if you are on a slow connection. This image includes both the Ubuntu operating system as well as the OTBR and chip-tool, hence the size.

Step 2. Flashing your Raspberry Pi#

Raspberry Pi Disk Imager can be used to flash the SD Card that contains the operating system for the Raspberry Pi. Under Operating System select 'Use Custom' and then select the .img file.

Alternatively, a tool like balenaEtcher can be used to flash the image to a micro SD card.

After flashing the SD card, insert it into the Raspberry Pi and reset the Raspberry Pi by unplugging it from the power source and plugging it back in. Then, wait at least 10 seconds for it to come up and start the SSH server.

Step 3. Finding your Raspberry Pi on the Network#

The Raspberry Pi should be connected to a network - this could be Ethernet or a Wi-Fi network.

NOTE: If you cannot connect your Raspberry Pi to a network over Wi-Fi or Ethernet you do have the option to connect a monitor and keyboard the the Raspberry Pi and interact with it that way. In this case you do not need to connect your Raspberry Pi to a network as you can interface with it directly as you would with any computer running Ubuntu Linux.

The preference here is to use Ethernet, however, if you are using Wi-Fi for your connection to the Raspberry Pi, see Connecting Raspberry Pi to Wi-Fi for instructions on how to connect your Raspberry Pi to a Wi-Fi network.

Once you have connected your Raspberry Pi to the network, you need to connect to your Raspberry Pi over SSH. This requires the IP address of your Raspberry Pi. See Finding Your Raspberry Pi for more information on finding the IP address and connecting to the Raspberry Pi by SSH. .

Raspberry Pi Login Credentials#

  • user: ubuntu

  • password: raspberrypi OR ubuntu (0.3.0 and above)

Note: On later images of the Matter Hub the password has changed to the default "ubuntu". you will be asked to change your password the first time you log in. You may change it to whatever value you like.

Note: When you log into the Raspberry Pi for the first time over SSH you may receive a warning regarding a 'key fingerprint' - this is normal and expected. You can get past this by typing 'yes' at the prompt.

Step 4: Using the Matter Hub#

The chip-tool, also referred to as the mattertool, is provided as a pre-built application inside the Raspberry Pi image.

Refer to the chip-tool page for information on using the Matter Hub with mattertool commands.