Prepare MXChip device to communicate with Azure IoT Hub

Configure the MXCHip Dev Environment

In this task, you will perform the initial setup for the MXChip device.

  1. If you haven’t already, unpack your MXChip AZ3166 device. The kit includes the AZ3166 controller board and a Micro USB cable that you will use to power it.
  2. Use the micro USB cable to power up your device. The Micro USB cable plugs into the Micro USB port at the top-right of the board. During the initial setup, you will use a USB port on your computer to supply power to your MXChip device. You can use a different USB power supply (like the power supply for your Raspberry Pi), but for the setup process and when you are programming the device, you will need to be connected to a PC or another IP enabled device.
  3. While your computer is running, plug in the USB cable into a free USB port on your computer. Note: The Power light should come on when both ends of the cable are connected.
  1. Locate the B and Reset buttons on the device. The reset button is a smaller button that is located close to the micro USB power connector.
  2. To begin the process for entering AP Mode on the MXChip, press and hold the B button.
  3. While still pressing the B button, press and release the Reset button, and then release the B button. You should see a message similar to the following:

Using a laptop, connect to the WiFi network that is being broadcast by your device.

The device ID for your device is used as the name of the network, so it should be easy to recognize.

For example, in the case shown above our device ID is AZ-c89346841929. When we use a laptop to check for available Wi-Fi networks, we find a new network available with an SSID of AZ-c89346841929. We then click the Connect button to connect to the network being broadcast by our device.

Once you have connected your laptop to the device network, use your laptop to open a browser window, and then navigate to http://192.168.0.1

You should see a page that is similar to the following:


When you have finished it should look like this:

  1. Select your Wi-Fi network, enter the password, and then click Connect
  2. Verify that the MXChip display is now showing a message similar to the following:
  1. On the laptop connected to your MXCHip device, to download the latest firmware, open a browser and navigate to the following address: Download
  2. Save the .bin file to your PC. The file will have a name that is similar to the following: devkit-firmware-1.6.0.71.bin
  3. Open the File Explorer app on your laptop.
  4. Notice that the AZ3166 device is now listed as a storage location connected to your laptop.
  5. Use a drag-and-drop operation to copy the saved .bin file to AZ3166 device location. Once the file has been copied, the DevKit will reboot to the latest firmware. You should see that the latest firmware version displayed on the MXChip device.

To test the sensors on your device, press button B.

Continue pressing and releasing the button B to cycle through each sensor.

In next blogpost i will show you how to configure the MXCHip Dev Environment 🙂

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