Expected completion time of this lab: 60 min
DustLink is a web-based management interface for your SmartMesh IP network, similar to the configuration website for your home WiFi router. It is written entirely in Python, using the SmartMesh SDK, and is open source. This means that you can reuse/modify/adapt any part of DustLink without restriction (see the license in the DustLink source code).
Resources about DustLink:
Connect DustLink to your manager
At the top of the screen, login with the following:
In the System menu, navigate to the “Managers” page. This page contains a form in which you specify the serial port(s) of your manager(s).
In the Add form, enter the API port of your manager, e.g.
COM7. This port appears in the “Manager Connections” table.
After 10s, make sure the state has transitioned from “inactive” to “active”.
Visualize your mesh network
Gather information about your motes
isAP is true only for the manager.
assignedBw is the bandwidth assigned by the manager. It is normal for the manager to have no bandwidth assigned for itself.
DustLink continuously gathers information about the network by sending serial commands to the manager. Every hour, it analyzes all this information and runs a number of tests. Those tests can either pass or fail. You can start the test manually.
Interact with the applications on your motes
By default, DustLink:
- stores the temperature values received from the motes
- allows you to toggle the blue LED on each of your motes
- Navigate to the dashboard page.
- Click on the light bulb of a mote, make sure you can switch the LED of all your motes on and off.
- Make sure you see the temperature data refresh.
- Click on the wrench in the temperature widget to set the temperature reporting rate to 5000 ms.
- Click of the “view locally” link in the temperature widget to see a timeline of the last 100 reported measurements.
- Put your mote in a cold/hot location and see the reported temperature change.
- Revert the temperature reporting rate to 30000ms (30 seconds).