Whilst the Red Pitaya STEMlab has a huge amount of functionality, it is very easy to set up and use.
Getting started with any new product can sometimes be difficult, but the Red Pitaya STEMlab is very easy to set up and to get started using it.
Instructions are available on the Red Pitaya website, but further instructions are provided here which include some of the points to watch and experience gained from setting one up.
What’s in the STEMlab kit
When the STEMlab unit arrives there will be four main items included within the box:
- Red Pitaya STEMlab board
- 5 V / 2 A micro USB power supply
- 4GB (up to 32GB) Class 10 micro SD card with pre-loaded Red Pitaya OS
- Ethernet cable
In addition to this a few other items are needed to provide the required connectivity and computing power.
- A computer with internet browser (Chrome browser recommended) - this can run Windows, iOS, Android, etc.
- A router with DHCP server enabled and access to the internet - this should be set so that
Users of Windows 7/8 need to install Bonjour Print Services, otherwise access to *.local addresses will not work. This can be found at: http://redpitaya.com/bonjour
Getting the set-up started
Although there are several ways in which the STEMlab can be connected up, the most common is to plug it directly into the router that serves the computer or computers to be used.
There are a few simple steps for follow:
- First ensure that the LAN network has its DHCP settings enabled - this should not be a major issue as this is the case in majority of routers for local area networks.
- Insert the programmed SD card provided with the kit into the SD card slot on the STEMlab.
- Connect STEMlab board to the router using the Ethernet cable supplied.
- Connect power supply to the Red Pitaya STEMlab board
- Open the web browser and in the URL filed type: rp.xxxxxx.local/ where xxxxxx is the number printed on the Ethernet connector on the STEMlab board. These numbers are the last 6 characters from MAC address of the board.
- With the MAC address entered as above, the selection options will be presented for the different instruments available. Select the one required.
This completes the set-up for the STEMlab. It is now ready for use as the different instruments that are available.