Connect to the Robot Controller Console

In order to manage the Control Hub (REV-31-1595) or programming using the onboard programming languages, a computer or other WiFi enabled device will need to connect to the Control Hub's Robot Control Console.The Robot Control Console is a local network created by the Control Hub to program and manage the device.

This example assumes the user uses Windows 10 as their operating system. If you are not using a Windows 10, the procedure to connect to the network will differ. Refer to your device’s documentation for details on how to connect to a WiFi network.

By default, the Control Hub has a name that begins with the phrase "FTC-" or "FIRST-" followed by four characters that are assigned randomly. The default password for the network is "password". If either of these is forgotten, follow the procedure to reset the WiFi Network.

There are two ways to access the Robot Controller Console. The first will cover how to access the Robot Controller Console with the REV Hardware Client. It is recommended to use the REV Hardware Client as it will allow the user to access the Robot Controller Console over a wired connection. The second will run through accessing the Robot Controller Console via a web browser.

REV Hardware Client

Download the latest version of the REV Hardware Client and install on a Windows PC. Skip this step if completed already.

Steps

Power on the Control Hub, by plugging the 12V Slim Battery (REV-31-1302) into the XT30 connector labeled “BATTERY” on the Control Hub.

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The Control Hub is ready to connect with a PC when the LED turns green. Note: the light blinks blue every ~5 seconds to indicate that the Control Hub is healthy.

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Plug the Control Hub into the PC using a USB-A to USB-C Cable (REV-11-1232)

Startup the REV Hardware Client. Once the hub is fully connected it will show up on the front page of the UI under the Hardware Tab. Select the Control Hub.

After selecting the Connected Hardware the Update tab will pop up. Select the Program and Manage tab. This will take you to the Robot Controller Console build into the REV Hardware Client.

Once in the Robot Controller Console, the homepage of the console will appear. In the upper right corner is the navigation menu which will allow users to access the Blocks, OnBot Java, and Manage pages within the console.

Web Browser

  • With the Control Hub powered, select the WiFi Network icon in the lower right corner of the desktop.

  • Look for the WiFi that matches the naming protocol of the device.

    • To ensure you are able to locate the correct device, it is recommended that you first connect in a location without other active Control Hubs or significant WiFi connections.

  • Once you have found the target network in the list, click on it to select it then press connect.

  • Provide the network password (in this example “password”) and press “Next” to continue.

Passwords are case sensitive. Make sure that your spelling and capitalization matches the original spelling and capitalization for the password.

  • Once a wireless connection is established, the status is displayed in the wireless settings for the Windows device.

When connected to the Control Hub, the Windows Device will not have access to the Internet. It only has direct access to the Control Hub.

  • Open a web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer) and navigate to "192.168.43.1:8080" through the address bar.

From the Robot Controller Console users can change the Control Hub name, update the password, upgrade the operating system and firmware, as well as program the device. It is strongly recommended that you go through all steps above before you begin programming.