WiFi Setup

Before we can start sending IP packets to and from our microcontroller board we have to connect it to an IP network.

For this we will be using WiFi. If you, for example by using your phone, scan for WiFi networks near the lab you should find a few networks with names starting with nota_. These networks are spanned by the Raspberry Pis on your desks.

To find out which of these networks belongs to your Pi you can execute the following command:

[user@computer ~]$ cat /etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf

Of particular interest are the last two lines containing the name of the WiFi network and its password.

Next we will create a new NodeMCU project for this chapter and use the WiFi credentials to connect to the network.

First create the new project:

[user@computer ~]$ cd projects
[user@computer ~]$ cp -rv /usr/src/nodemcu_base projects/chapter_2a
[user@computer ~]$ cd projects/chapter_2a

Then use the text editor to open the credentials.lua file in your new project. After uncommenting the two lines in this file and entering the WiFi name and Password the file should look something like this:

[user@computer ~]$ cat credentials.lua
SSID= "nota_x"
PASSWORD= "password_x"

We can now upload the project to the project to the microcontroller like before:

[user@computer ~]$ nodemcu-uploader --port /dev/ttyUSB0 upload *.lua

When you now attach to the output of the microcontroller using picocom and press the reset button you should get messages like the below, showing that connecting to the WiFi network was sucessful.

[user@computer ~]$ picocom -b 115200 /dev/ttyUSB0
init: connecting to AP: nota_1
init: retrying connection 2/75
init: connected to AP: nota_1
init: got IP address via DHCP
init: startup will continue in 3s
init: handing over to application
Hello from your NodeMCU application!
Hi from your NodeMCU application!