Next Steps

The SPOT SDK is normally installed in C:\Program Files\Sun\SunSPOT\sdk on Windows and under SunSPOT/sdk in the user's home directory on Linux, Solaris and Mac OS X. After a successful SDK installation, we recommend that you explore the Sun SPOT Tutorial to learn about writing, deploying and running SPOT applications. You can either do this with virtual (aka emulated) SPOTs or with physical SPOT devices.

If you will be using physical devices, there are a couple of additional steps to follow.

  1. Linux: Linux users should make sure that support for USB devices is enabled in the kernel (enabled "CDC ACM support"). This is normally the case unless you are using a custom built kernel.
  2. The version of the Sun SPOT SDK you installed based on the instructions above obsoletes the version installed on the Sun SPOT devices at the factory. So before following the tutorial, you should upgrade the software on your Sun SPOTs. To do this, connect your SPOT to the host computer via a USB cable. Select the Sun SPOTs Tab in the Sun SPOT Manager tool, and select your connected Sun SPOT from the pull-down menu labeled "". Then click the 'Upgrade' button below to upgrade the software on your Sun SPOT Devices. You should repeat this process for each of your Sun SPOT devices.
  3. If you plan to use one of your Sun SPOT Devices as a Basestation, then plug that Sun SPOT in to your computer, click the 'Refresh' button, and select the Sun SPOT from the drop-down menu. Then click the 'Basestation ...' button and select "Start Basestation". Your Sun SPOT will immediately begin running the basestation software.

You are now ready to explore the tutorial which can be accessed by opening the index.html document inside Docs\Tutorial subfolder of the SPOT SDK directory. Enjoy!