Providing WIFI Credentials to Targets, Monitors, and Displays

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Providing WIFI Credentials to Targets, Monitors, and Displays

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.

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.



         "Primary": {

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

                 "psk" : "myNetworksPassword"


         "Secondary": {

                 "ssid": "",

                 "psk" : ""




         "IoTHost": "",

         "RootCAPath": "", 

         "Name" : "",

         "HostName": ""


 "NTPServer": ""


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.