Connect to the i.LON 700

You can connect your computer to the i.LON 700 using the serial port to directly access the Linux system. You can also connect to the i.LON 700 over a LAN, using an SSH client on your computer, which allows you to access the i.LON 700 Configuration user interface (UI).  

This section has the following topics:


Obtain Information from the i.LON 700 Label 

In order to connect to the i.LON 700, you will need the following information from the label on the back of the i.LON 700:

  • Install Code
  • Serial Number (S/N)

Finding the i.LON 700 IP Address

By default, the i.LON 700 supports both DHCP and static IP addresses. To maintain a stable IP address, change the IP address setting in the i.LON 700 Network Configuration web page so that only DHCP or static IP address is used. 

Use one of the following methods to find your i.LON 700 address:

  • If you are using DHCP to assign an IP address to your i.LON 700, and your network includes a local DNS server, enter the following address in your web browser: https://<hostname>.

  • If you are using DHCP to assign an IP address to your i.LON 700, and your computer and the i.LON 700 are on the same subnet, follow these steps (this procedure may not work if your computer is using a Wi-Fi connection to the LAN, even if the Wi-Fi channel and i.LON 700 LAN channel are on the same IP subnet):
    1. If your computer does not already have Bonjour or Zeroconf installed, download and install the Bonjour Print Services for Windows at support.apple.com/bonjour
    2. Enter the following address in your web browser: http://<hostname>.local.

  • Connect your i.LON 700 to your computer using a USB cable attached to the console connector on your i.LON 700.  Each i.LON 700 will have a different COM port number.  Open a console application such as PuTTY on your computer with a 115,200 bps bit rate, login, and enter the ifconfig command at the Linux prompt.  The response will list the IP addresses of the LAN interface as eth0, and the WAN interface as eth1. Picture below shows IP address for the LAN interface.

Establish a Connection using a Browser

The main reason you will need to use a browser connection is to access the i.LON 700 Configuration pages. The instructions and requirements for accessing the Configuration pages are in Open the i.LON 700 Configuration Pages.

Connect Directly to the i.LON 700

The i.LON 700 has a USB Mico-B connector labeled "Console" that allows you to connect your computer directly to the i.LON. For information related to connecting to the console port, see Connect the i.LON 700 Console Interface.

Once your computer is physically connected to the i.LON 700, you need to establish a connection to the i.LON 700's operating system. This is typically done using a terminal emulator client on your computer (such as PuTTY on Windows, Terminal on Mac). Depending on your connection method, you may need different information to establish the connection. For example, on a Windows computer using PuTTY, you will need the COM number for the serial line, and a connection speed (provided in Connect the i.LON 700 Console Interface).

Establish a Windows Connection using PuTTY 

You need to obtain the COM number for serial line.

  1. First connect your computer to the i.LON 700 using an appropriate USB cable.

  2. On your Windows computer, type Device Manager in the Windows search box. The Device Manager window opens.

  3. Under the Ports category, note the port number that is indicated for the USB Serial Port (for example: COM 7).
     
  4. Start PuTTY.

  5. On the PuTTY Session page indicate the COM number for the Serial Line (such as COM7), and an appropriate communication speed (such as: 115200).

  6. Click Open to connect to the SmartServer. A Console Window opens. If no login prompt appears, hit the Enter key to display the login prompt.  

  7. Login to the i.LON 700 as described in Login to the i.LON 700.

Connect through a LAN 

Connect both your computer and the i.LON 700 (using port eth0) to a router (see the diagram below, and Connect the i.LON 700 Ethernet Interface). You can connect your computer to the router using an ethernet cable or using WiFi. 

Your i.LON 700 will announce itself with the host name smartserver-{nnnnnnn}, where {nnnnnnn} is the i.LON 700's unique Install Code (in lower case), located on the label on the back of i.LON 700. For example, a i.LON 700 with the Install Code T6tZgfT is configured with the host name smartserver-t3tzgft

Once you have connected your computer and the i.LON 700 to a router, you will want to determine the IP address for the i.LON 700. There are various ways of determining the i.LON 700's IP address, including logging in to the router, and using the linux command  ifconfig.  


Development network configuration. Use the eth0 port, which is closest to the right side of the i.LON 700.

Establish a Windows Console Connection using PuTTY 

You need either the host name or IP address for the i.LON 700.

  1. First connect your Windows computer and the i.LON 700 to a router.

  2. Start PuTTY.

  3. On the Session page indicate the host name or IP address of the i.LON 700.

  4. Select SSH as the Connection type.

  5. Click Open to connect to the i.LON 700. A Console Window opens and displays the login prompt.  

  6. Login to the i.LON 700 as described in Login to the i.LON 700.

Establish a Mac OS Console Connection 

You need either the host name or IP address for the i.LON 700.

  1. First connect your Mac computer and the i.LON 700 to a router.

  2. Start the Terminal app.

  3. Use the Terminal app to connect using SSH. For example:  ssh apollo@192.160.1.22   or   ssh apollo@smartserver−t3tzgft   

  4. When prompted, enter the the appropriate password as described in Login to the i.LON 700