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Create Your Electric Imp Account

In this stage of the guide, you will set up your free Electric Imp developer account.

Note This stage doesn’t require development hardware, but we recommend that you obtain your impExplorer™ Developer Kit from the Electric Imp Store before you start so that you will be ready to proceed to stage two once you’ve completed the following steps.

  1. Open a new tab in your web browser and go to the Electric Imp account registration page in the Electric Imp impCloud™ .

  2. Enter your email address in the Sign Up field and then click the Sign Up button:

Enter your email address into the Sign Up section

  1. You will shortly receive an email message which asks you to verify your email address:

When you receive your welcome email, click on the Complete Signup link

  1. Click Complete Signup in the Welcome to impCentral email. You’ll be taken back to impCentral to choose an account username and password, and to enter some basic information about yourself:

Choose a username and password, then check that you agree to our terms of service

Your password must be 8-20 characters, as must your username — which must not be your email address.

Make sure you check the By creating this account.. box at the bottom, and read our terms of service and privacy policy, then click the Set button to apply your choices.

You are now ready to move on to the next stage: Activate Your impExplorer.

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Which impCloud Should I Choose?

An impCloud is an instance of Electric Imp’s highly secure, massively scalable public cloud.

Electric Imp provides two public impClouds: one hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and one hosted on Microsoft Azure. Development devices are bound to specific impClouds, so you must ensure that you either:

  • Create an account on the impCloud your impExplorer is tied to, or
  • Buy an impExplorer that’s tied to the impCloud hosting your account.

For example, if you create an account on the Azure impCloud, you will need to use development hardware marked ‘Azure compatible’. An AWS account cannot access devices bound to the Azure impCloud, and vice versa.

Every impExplorer is bound to the AWS impCloud, so this guide assumes you will create your account on the AWS impCloud. If you wish to use the Azure impCloud, you will need to use other development hardware.

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