Dongle USB functionality is not working

NOTE: this section only applies to the Beginner workshop

If you don't get any output from serial-term it could just have been that first line got lost when re-enumerating the device from bootloader mode to the loopback application.

Start serial-term in one console window.

In another window, run these two commands:

$ change-channel 20
requested channel change to channel 20

$ change-channel 20
requested channel change to channel 20

If you get two lines of output in serial-term like this, you are good to go:

$ serial-term
now listening on channel 20
now listening on channel 20

Return to the "Interference" section.

🔎 serial-term shows you the log output that the Dongle is sending to your computer via the serial interface (not over the wireless network!). After you've ran change-channel, it tells you that it is now listening for network traffic on channel 20. This is helpful for debugging, but not mission-critical.

If you only get one line of output then your OS may be losing some serial data -- we have seen this behavior on some macOS machines. You will still be able to work through the exercises but will miss log data every now and then. Return to the "Interference" section.

If you don't get any output from serial-term and/or the change-channel command fails then the Dongle's USB functionality is not working correctly.

In this case you should flash one of the loopback-nousb* programs:

Put the device in bootloader mode again. Now, run

$ dongle-flash loopback-nousb21  # you can pick 11, 16, 21 or 26

❗️ The number in the loopback-nousb* file name is the radio channel the Dongle will listen on. This means that when you program the Development Kit to send data to the Dongle, you need to ensure they are communicating on the same channel by setting


#![allow(unused)]
fn main() {
/* make sure to pass the channel number of the loopback-nousb* program you picked */
radio.set_channel(Channel::_21);
}

Note that the loopback-nousb* programs do not send you any logs via serial-term for debugging but you will be able do the exercises nonetheless. For your debugging convenience, the Dongle will toggle the state of its green LED when it receives a packet. When you're done, return to the "Interference" section.