Activate Your Cellular Development Hardware
This guide is intended to help you get an impC001 Breakout Board online.
Note This guide only applies to development devices. Commercial imp-enabled products have their own configuration apps, and you should follow the product manufacturer’s own guidelines.
The impC001 Breakout Board ships with a mini USB cable, an AC adapter to power the board, and a patch antenna for the cellular connection. You will also need:
Here the connector slot is on the left, the retainer screw on the right.
If you already have an Electric Imp account, skip to Stage 4.
An Electric Imp account gives you access to impCentral™, which you will use to program your impC001 Breakout Board. New and updated application code is deployed from impCentral to imps via the Internet.
In order to program your impC001 Breakout Board, you need to add it to your account. This process is called activation and is accomplished using Electric Imp’s BlinkUp™ technology.
Always run a BlinkUp with the screen facing away from you and towards the device being configured, especially if you suffer from a medical condition that makes you susceptible to strobing light. In the iOS app there are audio prompts both at the start and end, so you can close your eyes during the process. The Android app vibrates the handset after BlinkUp is done.
The impC001 Breakout Board signals a successful BlinkUp by keeping the status LED lit green for three seconds. After that, various color combinations may be seen as the impC001 connects to the cellular network and activates, culminating in a steady green blinking. The initial connection to the cellular network may take two minutes or more depending on local network conditions.
Connected or not, after a short time the impC001 Breakout Board’s LED will turn off to save power. This is normal, and the device is still running.
If the impC001 Breakout Board still shows a slow flashing orange LED after BlinkUp, it wasn’t able to read the BlinkUp transmission — perhaps you held it too far from the phone’s screen. BlinkUp can also be adversely affected by unusual lighting conditions, especially very bright lighting such as direct sunlight. For best results, we recommend that you:
Your impC001 Breakout Board is online and activated.
Connected Product as the Product’s name,
Hello World as the Device Group’s name, and then click Create. impCentral will now present its code editor:
server.log("Hello from your impC001 Breakout Board");
[Device] Hello from your impC001 Breakout Board
Your impC001 Breakout Board is ready for use. Here are the next steps you should take: