Part 0a: Things to prepare before the session


Things to install on your computer and on your IBM Cloud instance before coming to the session.

We assume participants are grouped into groups of 3-6 people, and that there is at least one computer per group. This page lists what you need to install on that computer

Software on Your Computer

FTDI drivers

FTDI is the make of a chip on the SmartMesh IP motes.

  • On modern versions of Windows/Linux/MacOS, the drivers are already installed.
  • Try plugging in your manager and verify 4 serial ports are installed.
  • If that doesn't happen, you may need to download and install drivers from

When am I done?

When you plug in your SmartMesh IP manager, 4 serial ports appear.

Serial Terminal

Make sure you have a serial terminal program (PuTTY, TeraTerm, etc) installed on your computer, and that you know how to use it to open/close a serial port.

If you are using MACOS, you don't have to install anything. You can use the built-in package called "screen".

Microsoft Excel

You will use Microsoft Excel in Part 2: Understanding Trade-Offs in SmartMesh IP. Make sure each group has at least one computer that has it installed.

Software on IBM Cloud

IBM Cloud Account

We assume you have a IBM Cloud Account, and that you can log into

Node-RED Cloud Foundry App

  • On your IBM Cloud Dashboard, click "Create Resource" and choose "Node-RED Starter"
  • Give it the name you want (which will become its URL) and indicate it to your instructor
  • Configure Node-RED such that you need to log in to change the flow, but that an anonymous visitor can still see your flow