AstroCan Quick Start Guide

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If you are unfamiliar with the AstroCan system, please take a moment to read the following information:
https://www.printed-droid.com/kb/astrocan-control-system/

Guide is in the making, please stand by πŸ™‚

All shipped AtsroCan Boards/Bridges have the current Firmware already uploaded!

Preperation:

Download the archive from the article attachements

Inside you’ll find the needed sketches, firmwares and libraries:

Firmwares:

Name:Board:Component:
AstroCAN_MegaShield_DualCan_xxxShield/BoardESP32Firmware
AstroCAN_Bridge_Firmware_xxxBridgeESP32Firmware
Betterduino_xxxBenduino/Marcduino BoardArduino 328PFirmware

Sketches & Libraries:

SHADOW_MD_Sketch is the standard Mega2560 sketch. Please upload it to the Mega with Arduino IDE.
The needed libraries are in the library archive.

Arduino IDE: https://www.arduino.cc/en/software (please use version 1.8.19)

Software:

ESP_flash_download_tool_3.9.6 ist the upload tool for the ESP32. For latest version look here:
https://www.espressif.com/en/support/download/other-tools

Uploading the firmware to the ESP32:

Upload any example sketch via Arduino IDE:

First of all, it’s recommended to upload any example sketch to the ESP32 via Arduino IDE. Please select “the “ESP32 Dev Module”.

Manual for including ESP32 into the Arduino IDE: https://randomnerdtutorials.com/installing-the-esp32-board-in-arduino-ide-windows-instructions/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBaS3YnqDaU

Upload the Firmware:

To upload the firmware you need the Flash Download Tool.

Connect the ESP32 via an USB Cable to the computer and run the tool.

Select ESP32, the correct port, the firmware you want to flash and the start adress is 0x10000

Configuring the Firmware

AstroCan Pro Dual Shield Board (& AstroCan Pro Dual Board):

To view the configuration commands, please open the serial monitor in the Arduino IDE and enter “/help”.

/HELP                            show usage
/WIFIAPSSID <AP SSID>            set Access Point SSID
/WIFIAPPASSWORD <AP Password>    set Access Point Password
/WIFISSID <WiFi SSID>            set Station SSID
/WIFIPASSWORD <WiFi Password>    set Station Password
/NOWLMK <LMK>                    set ESP-MOW LMK (Text)
/NOWPMK <PMK>                    set ESP-NOW PMK (Text)
/NOWCHANNEL <Channel>            set ESP-NOW Channel (Number)
/NOWSETPEER <xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx>  set ESP-NOW communication peer MAC address
/NOWCLEARPEERS                   clear all ESP-NOW communication peers
/NOWLISTPEERS                    list all ESP-NOW communication peers
/RESTART                         restart module
/FACTORY                         set factory settings and restart module
/ACTIVATE [CAN|NOW|WIFI|ENC]     acticate CAN-/NOW-/WIFI-Functionality or ESP-NOW encryption
/DEACTIVATE [CAN|NOW|WIFI|ENC]   deacticate CAN-/NOW-/WIFI-Functionality or ESP-NOW encryption
/PAIR                            auto pair bridge with ESP-NOW peer (connect dome bridge to CAN for pairing)
/NOWSETDOME <xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx>  set ESP-NOW dome module MAC address

AstroCan Bridge:


/HELP  				show usage
/WIFIAPSSID <AP SSID> 		set Access Point SSID
/WIFIAPPASSWORD <AP Password> 	set Access Point Password
/WIFISSID <WiFi SSID> 		set Station SSID
/WIFIPASSWORD <WiFi Password> 	set Station Password
/PAIR 				auto pair module with ESP-NOW peer (connect both modules to CAN for pairing)
/NOWLMK <LMK> 			set ESP-MOW LMK (Text)
/NOWPMK <PMK> 			set ESP-NOW PMK (Text)
/NOWCHANNEL <Channel> 		set ESP-NOW Channel (Number)
/NOWSETPEER <xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx> set ESP-NOW communication peer MAC address
/NOWCLEARPEERS  		clear all ESP-NOW communication peers
/NOWLISTPEERS  			list all ESP-NOW communication peers
/RESTART  			restart module
/FACTORY  			set factory settings and restart module
/ACTIVATE [CAN|NOW|WIFI|ENC] 	acticate CAN-/NOW-/WIFI-Functionality or ESP-NOW encryption
/DEACTIVATE [CAN|NOW|WIFI|ENC] 	deacticate CAN-/NOW-/WIFI-Functionality or ESP-NOW encryption
/PAIR 				auto pair module with ESP-NOW peer (connect both modules to CAN for pairing)
/NOWSETDOME <xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx>	set ESP-NOW dome peer address (used, if bridge is in body mode)
/NOWSETBODY <xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx>	set ESP-NOW body peer address (used, if bridge is in dome mode)
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