The WiFi dongles provided with your kit allow you to interface with and debug your robot. You can connect to your robot either using the tablet provided with your kit or any WiFi capable device of your own (laptop, tablet, phone, etc.)

Connecting to Your Robot

First, ensure that the WiFi dongles supplied with your kit are plugged into your robot. Once you have the WiFi dongles connected, plug in a USB memory stick and turn your robot on.

During the boot process you should notice a green LED begin to flash on one of the WiFi dongles. Your robot has now set up its very own WiFi network! It’ll be called robot-XXX, where XXX is your team’s TLA.

You can now connect to your robot in the same way you normally connect to a WiFi network. You will need a WiFi key to be able to connect and you can find this inside any that you have exported from the IDE. Just unzip the and have a look inside wifi.yaml.

Note that, because the information for your robot’s WiFi network is stored inside the, the WiFi network will disappear when you unplug the USB memory stick. It will reappear a few moments after you plug the USB memory stick into your robot.

If you are having any problems connecting to your robot, just head on over to the forum and ask for help.

Interacting With Your Robot

Once you have a WiFi connection, visit in a web browser to see the robot interface. If you are using the tablet provided with your kit you will need to use Chrome Shell rather than the default web browser.

The robot interface gives you the ability to remotely start the code on your robot, as well as view the logs.

The stop button that appears after starting your code is currently not functional.

Setting up the Robot’s Environment

The robot interface's set up screen

When you first navigate to the robot interface you are presented with the Set up page. This page allows you to select the starting zone of your robot, as well as whether it is running in development mode or competition mode. Changing the starting zone allows you to test how your robot handles being started in a different zone.

Changing to competition mode causes the development markers to be unreadable, and instead reads the competition markers, which are different. Therefore, you should keep your robot in development mode.

You cannot use this screen when code is running.

Logs Screen

The robot interface's logs screen

This screen allows you to see all messages from your code sent by print statements (and anything else that outputs to standard output or standard error). It will also show messages from the initialisation of the robot’s hardware, as well as any errors that occurred when running your code.

You can press the “Jump to bottom” button to scroll right to the bottom of the logs, to see the most recent entries in a long file.

You can also see your robot’s logs on the USB stick, in a file called log.txt.