Providing WIFI Credentials to and Changing Network Settings on Targets, Monitors, and Displays

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Providing WIFI Credentials to and Changing Network Settings on Targets, Monitors, and Displays

If you purchased networking equipment from Shooter's Technology with your Athena Order, this is already pre-configured upon provisioning your range before it leaves our warehouses. These steps are only needed if reprovisioning your equipment. Please contact us if you have any questions.


To set WIFI credentials on your Targets, Monitors, and Displays use the USB Thumb Drive provided with your system. This thumb drive comes pre-installed with two files, "sharedKey.txt" and "network.json." To specify the credentials the network.json file needs to be updated for your specific network. Then insert the USB Thumb Drive into each component and wait for the unit to reboot.

 

File structure of the USB:

USB Drive (E:)/
├── sharedKey.txt
└── NetworkInfo/
    └── network.json

 

 

sharedKey.txt is a text file that contains a unique shared key value for your system. Each Target, Monitor, and Display has been pre-configured with the same shared key text file. When the USB is inserted the shared key on the unit is compared with the shared key on the USB Thumb drive. If the keys match then the WIFI credentials in network.json are copied over. No action is taken if the shared keys do not match.

network.json is a json formatted text file that needs to be edited with your WIFI network's credentials. It is located in the "NetworkInfo" folder on the USB Thumb drive. While it has many fields, only the "ssid" and "psk" fields, in "Primary" need to be filled in. All other fields can and should remain as empty strings (""). A completed network.json file will look like the following.

{

 "Networks":{

         "Primary": {

                 "ssid": "1234-Athena-2.4",

                 "psk" : "myNetworksPassword"

         },

         "Secondary": {

                 "ssid": "",

                 "psk" : ""

         }

 },

 "Capabilities":{

         "IoTHost": "",

         "RootCAPath": "", 

         "Name" : "",

         "HostName": ""

 },

 "NTPServer": "",

 "Timezone": ""

}

Due to the way our support website formats data, we do not recommend copying and pasting this code; please download and modify our network.json template here.

 

To change the set timezone on a unit, configure the "Timezone" field in the network.json file. 

The possible abbreviated values for "Timezone" are CDT, MDT, EDT, PDT, MST, AKDT, and HST.

For more specific city timezone options, the value of "Timezone" may be set to any timedatectl timezone value.

 

 

In order to provide a unit with WIFI credentials, perform the following steps:

1.On your personal computer (e.g. Mac or Windows), insert the USB Thumb Drive.

2.Once mounted, open the network.json file, from the NetworkInfo folder, with a text editor (e.g. Notepad or vi).

3.Type in your WIFI networks SSID and password in the "ssid" and "psk" fields.

4.Remove the USB Thumbdrive from your computer.

5.For each Athena Target, Monitor, and Display:

a.Insert the USB Thumbdrive into an open USB slot. Note on the Targets use the USB Drive expansion.

b.After 30 seconds the unit will reboot.

c.After reboot remove the USB Thumbdrive. The unit should now be connected to your WIFI network.

 

Athena Targets, Monitors, and Displays are only compatible with WPA2 WIFI networks using SSID and passwords for authentication. Visit Athena Network Requirements for more information.


See Also

Ethernet Access

Network and Terminal Access