AWS DeepRacer
Developer Guide

Choose a Wi-Fi Network for Your AWS DeepRacer Vehicle

The first time you open your AWS DeepRacer vehicle, you must set it up to connect to a Wi-Fi network. Complete this setup to get the vehicle's software updated and to get the IP address to access the vehicle's device console.

This section walks you through the steps to perform the following tasks:

  • Connect your laptop or desktop computer to your vehicle.

  • Set up the vehicle's Wi-Fi connection.

  • Update the vehicle's software.

  • Get the vehicle's IP address.

  • Test drive the vehicle.

Use a laptop or desktop computer to perform the setup tasks. We'll refer to this setup computer as your computer, to avoid possible confusion with the vehicle's compute module, which is running the Ubuntu operating system.

After the initial setup of the Wi-Fi connection, you can follow the same instructions to choose a different Wi-Fi network.

Get Ready to Choose a Wi-Fi Network for Your AWS DeepRacer Vehicle

To set up your vehicle's Wi-Fi connection, connect your a laptop or desktop computer to your vehicle's compute module using the included USB-to-USB C cable.

To connect your computer to your vehicle's compute module, follow the steps below.

To connect your computer to your vehicle to set up the device

  1. Insert the USB end of the USB-to-USB C cable into your computer's USB port.

  2. Insert the cable's USB C end into your vehicle's USB C port.

You're now ready to proceed to setting up your vehicle's Wi-Fi connection.

Set Up Wi-Fi Connection and Update Your AWS DeepRacer Vehicle's Software

Before you follow the steps here to set up the Wi-Fi connection, be sure you complete the steps in Get Ready to Choose a Wi-Fi Network for Your AWS DeepRacer Vehicle.

  1. Look at the bottom of your vehicle and make note of the password printed under Host name. You'll need it to log in to the device control console to perform the setup.

  2. On your computer, go to https://deepracer.aws to launch the device control console of your vehicle.

  3. When prompted with a message that the connection is not private or secure, do one of the following.

    1. In Chrome, choose Avanced and then choose Proceed to <device_console_ip_address> (unsafe).

    2. In Safari, choose Details, follow the visit this website link, and the choose Visit Websites. If prompted for your password to update the certificate trust settings, type the password and then choose Update settings.

    3. In Opera, choose Continue Anyway when warned of an invalid certificate.

    4. In Edge, choose Details and then choose Go on to the webpage (Note recommended).

    5. In Firefox, choose Advanced, choose Add Exception, and then choose Confirm Security Exception.

  4. Under Unlock your AWS DeepRacer vehicle, enter the password noted in Step 1 and then choose Access vehicle.

  5. On the Connect your vehicle to your Wi-Fi network pane, choose your Wi-Fi network name from the Wi-Fi network name (SSID) drop-down menu, type the password of your Wi-Fi network under Wi-Fi password, and choose Connect.

  6. Wait until the Wi-Fi connection status changes from Connecting to Wi-Fi network... to Connected. Then, choose Next.

  7. On the Software update pane, if a software update is required, turn on the vehicle's compute module, with the included power cord and power adapter, and then choose Install software update.

    Powering the vehicle with an external power source helps avoid interruption of the software update if the compute module's power bank become discharged.

  8. Wait until the software update status changes from Installing software update to Software update installed successfully.

  9. Note the IP address shown under Wi-Fi network details. You'll need it to open the vehicle's device control console after the initial setup and any subsequent modification of the Wi-Fi network settings.

Sign In to AWS DeepRacer Vehicle's Device Console

After you set up the vehicle's Wi-Fi connection and install required software updates, you should access the vehicle to verify if the vehicle's Wi-Fi connection is working. The process involves logging in to your vehicle's device console with the Wi-Fi connection to the vehicle's IP address.

The device control console is hosted on the vehicle and is accessed with the IP address you obtained at the end of the Wi-Fi setup section.

To access the device console of your AWS DeepRacer vehicle through the Wi-Fi connection

  1. To access the device console of your vehicle, open a web browser on your computer, tablet or a smart phone and type your vehicle's IP address into the address bar.

    You can get this IP address when setting up the vehicle's Wi-Fi connection. For illustration, we use 10.92.206.61 as an example.

    If you are prompted with a warning that the connection is not private or secure, ignore the message and continue to connect to the device console.

  2. Under Unlock your AWS DeepRacer vehicle, type the device console's password in Password and then choose Access vehicle.

    
                        Image: Access AWS DeepRacer Device Console.

    You can find the default password printed on the bottom of your vehicle (under Host Name).

  3. If you are successfully signed in, you see the device console's home page as follows.

    
                        Image: AWS DeepRacer vehicle device console home page.

You're now ready to set up and operate your vehicle. If this is your first time operating the vehicle, proceed to calibrating the vehicle now.