Xtralien X100 Plug In and Switch On

The X100 is simple to get up and running. In most cases, it should only take a few minutes!


Plug-in and power-up

The demo code and front panels we've created will in many cases be able to identify your X100 automatically. However, it's useful to know 

All we need to know before starting to code is how to contact a particular device (think of this as the address to which we want to post our commands to).

Identifying your COM port when connected to a Windows computer via USB

To identify the X100 on Windows simply type Device Manager into the start bar and select the Device Manager program (left image). This brings up a window where you can view all the devices connected to your computer. The X100 should appear under Ports and is labelled as an Arduino DUE as it is based upon the open source Arduino movement. Next to it in brackets will be the COM port number (in this case COM14).

Starting Device manager on Windows    Xtralien in Windows device manager shown as a COM port 

Identifying your IP Address when connected to a network

If you're using the ethernet to communicate with the X100 then this is even simpler - when the ethernet cable is plugged in the X100 will automatically detect and identify the network and register itself within a few seconds. The IP address will then be shown on the display such as in the below image (in this case

For most networks the X100 will need no further work - simply plug in and wait a couple of seconds and via the magic of DHCP everything just works and is ready to go. However, there are two examples where this may not work:

1) Some large corporate networks (such as universities) have increased security levels and will only allow "known/registered" devices onto the network. If this is the case for your network you will need to register the MAC address first. After this the X100 should be allowed on the network and will just work as normally via DHCP (again fully autmatically from this point with no intervention). Many institutions have their own registration systems for computers and printers and usually have online instructions on how to register a device. The X100 displays the MAC address on startup (as in the above image); this is the key identifier that will allow you to register it on your system.

2) If you are using a network with static IP addresses and without DHCP support (rather an old fashioned configuration) then you will need to manually set the IP address. You can do this by first connecting the X100 to your computer using USB before plugging it into the network.