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pedro.ramilo [FAQ / Troubleshooting]
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 All Seed Robotics products can be controlled using the Seed Robotics STP Protocol and they also have full support for the [[dynamixel:​dynamixel_protocol|Dynamixel Protocol (versions 1 and 2)]]. All Seed Robotics products can be controlled using the Seed Robotics STP Protocol and they also have full support for the [[dynamixel:​dynamixel_protocol|Dynamixel Protocol (versions 1 and 2)]].
  
-On this document we will focus of the STP protocol which is a simpler, lighter and easy to use approach to controlling the units.+On this documentwe will focus on the STP protocol which is a simpler, lighter and easy to use approach to controlling the units.
  
-The main advantage of the STP protocol is that you can quickly send commands to the unit and query status information using a direct Serial Connection+The main advantage of the STP protocol is that you can quickly send commands to the unit and query status information using a direct Serial Connection ​and text commands.
-When operating over USB, the unit creates a virtual serial port on the host computer, to which you can connect at any Baud rate, up to 10Mbps. +
-Connection can be done using any Serial terminal.+
  
 +When operating through the [[eros:​settingup_usbconnection|USB Connector]],​ the unit creates a Virtual serial port on the host computer, to which you can connect at any Baud rate, up to 10Mbps.
 +
 +When operating via [[eros:​bluetooth_module|Bluetooth]] (if installed), the unit uses the Bluetooth Serial Port Profile (SPP) to create a Virtual COMM port on the target device.\\
 +The Bluetooth interface can be used **wirelessly** with your computer and **also your smartphone**.
 ==== Introducing the STP ==== ==== Introducing the STP ====
  
-The protocol is pretty simple and straightforward and is built on the followoing ​foundations:​ +The protocol is pretty simple and straightforward and is built on the following ​foundations:​ 
-  * Each device connected to the bushas a unique ID and behaves as a "​slave"​+  * Each device connected to the bus has a unique ID and behaves as a "​slave"​. The main board has also got its own ID to allow access to its functionalities.
   * Slaves are always silent and will only respond when queried by the master (host)   * Slaves are always silent and will only respond when queried by the master (host)
   * The slaves expose a Control Table, a kind of memory map, where the master can read status variables or write data to trigger actions.   * The slaves expose a Control Table, a kind of memory map, where the master can read status variables or write data to trigger actions.
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 The description of the Control Table memory positions is available for each device: The description of the Control Table memory positions is available for each device:
-  * [[dh4d:​dynamixelcontroltables|Control Table for the RH4D]] +  * [[dh4d:​dynamixelcontroltables|Control Table for the RH4D (Ares Architecture,​ units built before March 1st 2017)]] 
-  * [[rh7d:​dynamixelcontroltables|Control Table for the RH7D]] +  * [[eros:​dynamixelcontroltables|Control Table for the EROS Architecture (all other units and models)]]
-  * for other devices, consult the manufacturer'​s documentation+
  
  
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   * Remove the cover of the unit to reveal the micro USB connector   * Remove the cover of the unit to reveal the micro USB connector
   * Connect one end of a micro USB cable to the hand and the other end to the host computer. This will create a Virtual COMM port on the host.   * Connect one end of a micro USB cable to the hand and the other end to the host computer. This will create a Virtual COMM port on the host.
-  * Using a Serial Terminal (such as Putty or any other), connect to the Virtual Serial port. You can select any speed up to 10Mbps.+  * Using a Serial Terminal (such as [[https://​www.compuphase.com/​software_termite.htm|Termite]] on Windows ​or similar on Linux/Mac OS), connect to the Virtual Serial port. You can select any speed up to 10Mbps.
   * VERY IMPORTANT: Configure your Serial Terminal to use \n as the line terminator or the unit will not properly recognize the commands.   * VERY IMPORTANT: Configure your Serial Terminal to use \n as the line terminator or the unit will not properly recognize the commands.
  
-To connect via Bluetooth:+To connect via Bluetooth ​(if installed in your unit):
   * If using a portable device, scan for a device named ''​SEED_[S/​N]''​ (where [S/N] would be your unit's serial number)   * If using a portable device, scan for a device named ''​SEED_[S/​N]''​ (where [S/N] would be your unit's serial number)
   * If using your computer, open the Bluetooth software and scan for the same ''​SEED_[S/​N]''​ device. Once connected the PC will create a Virtual COMM port that connects to the unit.   * If using your computer, open the Bluetooth software and scan for the same ''​SEED_[S/​N]''​ device. Once connected the PC will create a Virtual COMM port that connects to the unit.
-  * Using a Serial Terminal (such as Putty if using your PC or any other compatible with your platform), connect to the Virtual Serial port. The Bluetooth connection operates at 115200bps.+  * Using a Serial Terminal (such as [[https://​www.compuphase.com/​software_termite.htm|Termite]]/ ​if using your PC or any other compatible with your platform), connect to the Virtual Serial port. The Bluetooth connection operates at 115200bps.
   * VERY IMPORTANT: Configure your Serial Terminal to use \n as the line terminator or the unit will not properly recognize the commands.   * VERY IMPORTANT: Configure your Serial Terminal to use \n as the line terminator or the unit will not properly recognize the commands.
  
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 To read and write to the control table, 4 commands are made available: ''​reb''​ and ''​wrb''​ to read and write a byte and ''​rew''​ and ''​wrw''​ to read and write a word. To read and write to the control table, 4 commands are made available: ''​reb''​ and ''​wrb''​ to read and write a byte and ''​rew''​ and ''​wrw''​ to read and write a word.
 For the complete syntax, see the Console commands for your unit: For the complete syntax, see the Console commands for your unit:
-  * [[dh4d:​consolecommands|Console Commands for the RH4D (Ares architecture)]] +  * [[dh4d:​consolecommands|Console Commands for the RH4D (Ares architecture: models built before March 2017))]] 
-  * [[erosfw:​consolecommands|Console Commands for the Eros architecture (RH7D and future ​models)]]+  * [[eros:​consolecommands|Console Commands for the Eros architecture (all current Seed Robotics ​models)]]
  
  
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 ''​wrb 2 24 1''​ ''​wrb 2 24 1''​
  
-Next, we write the desired Goal position (int his case 256). The goal position parameter is at Memory Position 30 and is a Word (2 byte value)+Next, we write the desired Goal position (in this case 256). The goal position parameter is at Memory Position 30 and is a Word (2 byte value)
  
 ''​wrw 2 30 256''​ ''​wrw 2 30 256''​
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 ==== The returned Error Bitmask ==== ==== The returned Error Bitmask ====
  
 +After sending a command, a return byte is always sent, enclosed in ''​[ ]''​.
 The return byte is a bitmask that contains the status of the servo. Data is returned as a decimal number that, once converted to binary can be interpreted as follows: The return byte is a bitmask that contains the status of the servo. Data is returned as a decimal number that, once converted to binary can be interpreted as follows:
  
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   * Bit 1: Angle error   * Bit 1: Angle error
   * Bit 0: Input Voltage Error   * Bit 0: Input Voltage Error
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 +IMPORTANT: in the RH2D, using the Robotis XL-320 actuators, the error bitmask is different from the above. Please refer to the RH2D documentation and Control table for the XL-320 actuators for more information.
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 +
 +==== Online Diagnostics and Maintenance ====
 +
 +The Console exposes specific command to assist in diagnosing your unit and re-configuring some of the options on the fly.
 +
 +The go-to commands for Diagnostics are ''​status''​ and ''​about''​.\\
 +The ''​restart psu''​ command helps you clear overload errors in the Internal Actuators without having to reset power on the entire bus. This is done by restarting only the built-in PSU that regulates power to the internal Actuators.
 +
 +For a complete reference, please see the [[eros:​consolecommands|List of Console Commands (for EROS architecture)]]
  
 ==== FAQ / Troubleshooting ==== ==== FAQ / Troubleshooting ====
  
-  * I get no reply when I send a command: you must terminate your commands with a ''​\n''​. If you are using a Serial Terminal make sure it set to use ''​\n''​ as a line terminator. +  * I get no reply when I send a command: you must terminate your commands with a ''​\n'' ​(also called "Line Feed (LF)" or "​Newline"​ in other software packages) 
-  * Sometimes I get text instead of a number in the square brackets ''​[ ]'':​ this happens when there is a severe error that can be reported in the error mask. For example a timeout would return the textual "​timeout"​ message.+ 
 +If you are using a Serial Terminal make sure it set to use ''​\n''​ as a line terminator. 
 + 
 +For example, for //​Termite//,​ click "​Settings"​ and under "​Transmitted text", select "​Append LF";​\\ 
 +If using //Putty//, type Ctrl+J after typing your command, to send the "​\n"​ character. Putty doesn'​t support adding "​\n"​ automatically but pressing Ctrl+J sends a "​\n"​ which has the same effect.\\ 
 +For any other Terminal program, please consult the instructions of the program. 
 + 
 +  * Sometimes I get text instead of a number in the square brackets ''​[ ]'':​ this happens when there is a severe error that can be reported in the error mask. For examplea timeout would return the textual "​timeout"​ message.
  
 ==== Conclusion ==== ==== Conclusion ====
  
-The STP Protocol is as simple as it gets. It respects the Memory Mapped design of the actuators and provides an easy to use protocol to interface with the units.+The STP Protocol is as simple as it gets. It respects the Memory Mapped design of the actuators and provides an easy-to-use protocol to interface with the units.
  
 The fact that all replies come enclosed in brackets ''​[ ]''​ makes it easy to parse when building your own program. The fact that all replies come enclosed in brackets ''​[ ]''​ makes it easy to parse when building your own program.

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