Using Serial With Edison





Introduction: Using Serial With Edison

This is a brief guide to using Edison on OS X without using any installers or third-party software.

Step 1: Step 1: Connect the Power Supply and USB

Step one is connecting the power supply and the USB cable.

Use the outermost micro-USB port, which provides a standard USB Serial interface with Edison.

Step 2: Step 2: Find the Name of the Serial Port

On OS X, the serial port will appear under `/dev/*usbserial*`. You would want the `cu` version, which can be used either with [`screen(1)`]( or [`cu(1)`](, short from Call Unix.

Step 3: Step 3: Connect to Edison With Screen or Cu.

Use screen(1) or cu(1) to connect to Edison. Make sure to specify appropriate port speed (you'll likely see gibberish without doing so).

cu -l /dev/cu.usbserial-A402YSYU -s115200


screen /dev/cu.usbserial-A402YSYU 115200

Step 4: Step 4: Configure WiFi

You should now be connected. Type `root` to login.

Then type `configure_edison --wifi`, and select the WiFI.

If using screen, you can detach with `Ctrl-A d`, and then reattach with `screen -x`. If you need to kill screen, you can use `pkill screen`. Note that it changes the capitalisation, so, if you try to find it with `ps`, make sure to `grep` with `-i`:

ps aux | fgrep -i screen



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    Great tutorial. The Edison board is great for all kinds of DIY projects.