Set up your Electric Imp account
This Getting Started Guide will familiarize you with the Electric Imp Platform and the key concepts behind it by working with Electric Imp’s impAccelerator™ Fieldbus Gateway, one of the Electric Imp IoT QuickStart family of evaluation and development devices. You will learn how to use our convenient online software development environment, impCentral™. You will also learn how to take advantage of BlinkUp™, Electric Imp’s patented technology which you will use to get your imp-enabled development devices online and which your end-users will use to get your connected products online.
This Guide focuses on the basic functionality of your Fieldbus Gateway, but the device has many more capabilities than can be covered here. You can find detailed information on the functionality provided by the Fieldbus Gateway here.
In addition to your Fieldbus Gateway, you will also need some other equipment:
The following equipment is supplied with the Fieldbus Gateway:
The first step to getting your Fieldbus Gateway online is to create an Electric Imp account. This is free and gives you access to impCentral, which you’ll later explore and use to develop the software your Fieldbus Gateway will run.
You only need create an account once. You can add as many Fieldbus Gateways and other development devices as you like to your account, and program and monitor them all through impCentral.
Electric Imp provides two impCloud™s: one hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and one hosted on Microsoft Azure. Fieldbus Gateways are bound exclusively to specific impClouds. You cannot use an AWS-bound Fieldbus Gateway with an Azure impCloud account, and vice versa. For example, if you create an account on the Azure impCloud, you will need to use the Azure-compatible Fieldbus Gateway. An AWS account cannot ‘see’ devices bound to the Azure impCloud, and vice versa.
You must ensure you either create an account on the impCloud an existing Fieldbus Gateway is tied to, or you purchase a Fieldbus Gateway that’s tied to the impCloud hosting your account.
If you already own a device, look at its label to see which impCloud it is tied to: Azure-bound devices are marked ‘Azure’; AWS-bound devices are unmarked.
The Fieldbus Gateway is available in two versions, each compatible with a specific impCloud:
The impCentral sign-in and registration screen
Create your account now: visit the registration page and enter your email address in the Sign Up section. You’ll shortly receive a confirmation message asking you to verify your email address — click Confirm your email address:
The verification email you will receive after sign-up
When you’ve done so, you’ll be automatically returned to impCentral and asked to choose a new account username and password. Your password must be 8-20 characters, as must your username — which must not be your email address. Click on the Set button to apply your choices:
The account completion screen
You’re now ready to prime your Fieldbus Gateway to connect to your local wireless or wired network and get online. We’ll do this in the next section.