Installing Piksey Boards – Arduino 1.8.7

Installing The Piksey Boards

Installing Piksey Boards – Arduino 1.8.7

Before you can use the Piksey Pico and Nano, you need to install the board support package (BSP) so that the Arduino IDE can communicate with the boards. This guide will help you through the process.

Here are the steps involved in the process:

1. Install the latest Arduino IDE (v 1.8.7)
2. Add the Piksey URL to the boards manager
3. Install the Piksey BSP
4. Select the board and port
5. Test the board with a sketch

Let’s begin!

1. Install the latest Arduino IDE (v 1.8.7)

You will need to install the Arduino IDE in order to program the boards. The following link will take you straight to the downloads page:

https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software

Arduino IDE Downloads Section
Arduino IDE Downloads Section

Click on the appropriate link to download the version compatible with your system and complete the installation process.

2. Add the Piksey URL to the boards manager

Next, we need to add the Piksey boards URL to the Arduino boards manager. To do this, you will need to open up the preferences window (Windows: File->Preferences, OS X: Arduino->Preferences)

Opening The Preferences Window - WINDOWS
Opening The Preferences Window – WINDOWS
Opening The Preferences Window - OS X
Opening The Preferences Window – OS X

Locate the “Additional Boards Manager URLs” section and click on the icon highlighted below to open up a new window.

Opening The Additional URL Window
Opening The Additional URL Window

Add the following URL to the list as shown below. (If there is an existing URL present, simply hit the “ENTER” key and add this to the next line)

https://github.com/bnbe-club/piksey-boards/raw/master/package_piksey_boards_index.json

Adding The URL
Adding The URL

Click OK and then click OK again in the preferences window to save your changes.

3. Install the Piksey BSP

Open up the boards manager from the tools menu (Windows: Tools->Board->Boards Manager, OS X: Tools->Board->Boards Manager).

Opening The Boards Manager - WINDOWS
Opening The Boards Manager – WINDOWS
Opening The Boards Manager - OS X
Opening The Boards Manager – OS X

Type in “Piksey Boards” in the search/filter field and the following entry should be visible:

Finding The Piksey Boards
Finding The Piksey Boards

Select the entry and then click the “Install” button to install the boards. Wait for the installation to complete and then close the window.

4. Select the board and port

Now we’re all ready to use the boards. Plug in your board using a microUSB cable and select the correct board (Piksey Pico or Piksey Nano) from the tools menu as shown below:

Selecting Piksey Pico
Selecting Piksey Pico

You will also need to make sure the right port has been selected from the tools menu. Here’s an example for Windows and OS X but your options might be slightly different (the modem or COM port number) depending on your system configuration.

Selecting The Port - WINDOWS
Selecting The Port – WINDOWS
Selecting The Port - OS X
Selecting The Port – OS X
4. Test the board with a sketch

Open up the Blink example sketch and hit the upload button. Your code should compile and automatically upload to the board.

Upload Complete
Upload Completed

Congratulations! You’ve successfully installed the Piksey boards and can now use them with your sketches.

Troubleshooting:

The Piksey Pico and Nano contain a USB-serial converter that does not require driver installation prior to use on standard PC/Mac systems.

Certain Windows 8 systems need the .INF file to be installed. Try plugging in the boards to see if they are detected (the board will be visible under the Tools->Port if everything is OK).

If the Piksey Pico or Nano is not detected when you plug it into a PC then you will need to install the drivers using the following setup file:

Download Driver Setup File