Switching on the Platform¶
To startup your Neobotix platform just turn the key switch at the back/side clockwise. The robot should power up immediately. Check the LCD at the back/side to see the state of the startup process.
After about one minute the display will show “Ready”.
“Ready” means that the software has successfully started up and is able to communicate with all hardware components. You can find more information about the LCD here.
By default your Neobotix platform will try to connect to the wireless network neo_training .
First power up the Wifi access point included and wait until the network neo_training is available. Optionally connect the access point to your company/home network via ethernet to enable internet access on the platform when needed.
Next you may connect your PC to neo_training too, the password can be found on the access point’s exterior.
The IP-Address of your mobile platform is 192.168.0.50 by default for the first one, 192.168.0.51 for the second one, etc. Please see the inspection document for each platform to get a definite answer.
Depending on the configuration (see the inspection document) the LAN ports are set to a static IP-Address or configured for DHCP.
In case of a static IP your PC/Laptop needs to have it’s own static IP on the same subnet, for the direct ethernet connection to work.
In case of DHCP your PC/Laptop would have to run a DHCP server, or alternatively you may connect the platform to your company/home network (which is running a DHCP server).
Remote Desktop Connection (VNC)¶
Once the platform has booted and your PC is connected to neo_training you can connect to the platform using the Remmina Remote Desktop Client application. An example setup is shown below:
Remmina should already be installed on most Ubuntu distributions. See https://remmina.org/ for more information.
System Time and Hardware Clock¶
By default the hardware clock is set to UTC and the time zone is set to Berlin. If you operate the platform in a different time zone it is necessary to change the time zone.
In addition the system time should always be set correctly if possible, since otherwise some functionality may not work correctly (when connecting to the platform from another PC).
Automatic network time synchronization is disabled by default since it can cause the platform to fail during operation.
In order to adjust the time, it is best to first set the system time (which is only temporary) using Xfce Settings → Time and Date and then synchronize the hardware clock to the current system time as follows:
sudo hwclock -w
Shutting down the Platform¶
To shutdown your Neobotix platform turn and hold the key (at least 3 seconds) in counter-clockwise direction until the LC-Display shows that the shutdown is triggered.