Electric Imp Breakout Hookup Guide
The imp has an internal red/green LED, which is used to tell the world what state it’s currently in. If you’ve just plugged the imp in, and haven’t told it how to get on your WiFi network, it should be blinking orange (red/green simultaneously). Here are the rest of the codes to look out for:
|Orange||1 Hz||No WiFi settings|
|Green||Single Pulse||Successfully received configuration via Blinkup.|
|Red||Triple-pulse||Failed to receive configuration via Blinkup.|
|Red||1 Hz||Attempting to connect to WiFi.|
|Red, Orange, Off||1 Hz||Getting IP address (via DHCP).|
|Orange, Red, Off||1 Hz||Got IP address, connecting to server.|
|Green||0.5 Hz||Connected to cloud (turns off after 60 seconds).|
|Red||2 Hz||Connection lost, attempting to reconnect.|
Let’s make that LED blink green! Time to send a BlinkUp.
To get your imp connected to your WiFi network as well as the online imp servers, you need to go through the process Electric Imp calls commissioning. There’s a great write-up on the commissioning process over on Electric Imp’s Getting Started page. Here’s the gist of it, as well as a few tips.
Before you begin, you’ll need to make an Electric Imp account by visiting the IDE page.
Updating the imp with your WiFi credentials is a unique process. The imp card has a built-in light sensor, looking out of the little window on the short, flat edge of the imp. The imp002 has an external light sensor built into the breakout board. The light-sensor can be used to process small amounts of precisely modulated data in the form of a blinking light.
The light sensor is just behind the translucent window on the edge of the imp card.
The light sensor on the imp002 is located to the left of the module, with the lable “BU” (for BlinkUp).
Follow the directions in the app, and prepare to update the imp with your WiFi network. Then, when your settings all look correct, hit the Send BlinkUp button. Quickly place the screen of the phone as close to the imp’s light sensor as possible.
Avert your eyes! Unless you enjoy staring into bright, white strobing lights.
Similar warnings about white strobing lights.
If all goes well, there should be a very short green blip of the LED, followed by a few blinks of red and orange. When the imp starts blinking green once a second, you know you’ve got your imp commissioned yay!
If you’re imp isn’t yet in the blinky green phase, use the LED blink codes to find out where it’s failing. Here are some recommended steps, depending on the failure point:
- Connecting to the server (orange, red, off) - Make sure there’s no firewall blocking the imp’s way to the Internet (and make sure your WiFi network has an Internet connection in the first place).
- Getting IP address via DHCP (red, orange, off) - Double check your WiFi password.
- Attempting WiFI connection (red) - Double check your WiFi network name (SSID).
If all of the above are set correctly, try sending the BlinkUp one more time. We’ve found that it helps to close out all other app, or even try resetting your phone if it continues to fail.
More troubleshooting information can be found on Electric Imp’s site.