Usage Basics

Hedgehog is simple to use, but without a display to show you exactly what to do after booting up, some documentation and explanation is necessary.

Setting up a network connection

Although a screen and keyboard may be connected to Hedgehog directly, the default operating system does not provide a graphical user interface and thus does not allow using the Hedgehog IDE. Also, especially while built into a robot, accessing Hedgehog wirelessly is more convenient anyway.

Using the default WiFi configuration

Unless you re-installed the controller’s operating system, Hedgehog comes with a WiFi pre-configured:

SSID: hedgehog
Key: hedgehog
Encryption: WPA-PSK

You can use your phone to open a WiFi hotspot with that configuration, and Hedgehog will then automatically connect with it. Using a WiFi router or similar works in the same way, of course.

Using a wired network

If you prefer a wired connection, you can use the Hedgehog’s Ethernet port, but (as with WiFi) you will have to ensure that the network provides a DHCP address to the controller. If you want to connect directly to your computer, you will have to configure something like connection forwarding in a platform-dependent way. In the installation document, Connecting via Ethernet directly to your computer describes this for selected platforms.

Changing the network configuration

If you can’t (or don’t want to) use the default hedgehog network, there is a simple mechanism to provide alternative network configurations over a config file on a flash drive. The new configuration is stored on the controller, so this is only necessary when network settings change.

The caveats for flashdrives on the Raspberry Pi/Raspbian apply: excessively large drives (> ~64GiB) and unsupported file systems (such as NTFS) may not work. An example config file looks like this:

# the controller name. this can be overwritten by passing `-n`, `--name`
name = Hedgehog {mode} {mac}
# the server port. this can be overwritten by passing `-p`, `--port`
# it is STRONGLY advised to not change the port, because local programs
# connect to this port without using the discovery mechanism
port = 10789
# additional services to advertise for discovery; 'hedgehog_server' is always advertised
# services listed here and on the command line using `--svc`, `--service` are merged
services =

# these commands are not stored as configuration on the controller,
# they are executed once by passing them to wpa_cli
commands =
    # "flush" clears any previous configuration; it is generally necessary to have predictable network numbers
    set_network 0 ssid "hedgehog"
    set_network 0 key_mgmt WPA-PSK
    set_network 0 psk "hedgehog"
    enable_network 0
    # "save_config" stores the settings to wpa_supplicant.conf, so that the settings persist after a reboot


Skipping the default section will currently delete that part of the configuration. Make it non-mandatory!

The relevant part here is the [wifi] section, containing a commands option. This option contains any number of indented lines used to configure WiFi using the Linux wpa_cli command. For details on using wpa_cli, refer to the installation document, particularly the comments on non-interactive usage. You can also refer to the Linux man pages for more detailed information:

man wpa_cli
man wpa_supplicant.conf

Using the Hedgehog IDE

The Hedgehog IDE is the most common interface for working with Hedgehog. Once a network connection is established, it can be accessed via a web browser. The IDE was most thoroughly tested on Chrome/Chromium, so we recommend this browser whenever possible. Other browsers should work as well, though.

In the browser, open the address http://raspberrypi.local/, where raspberrypi is the Hedgehog’s host name. Write out the full address, as some browsers may think raspberrypi.local is a search term, not an address.

If you changed the host name of your device, replace that part with whatever you configured. If you got a Hedgehog controller with a number on it, the host name is normally set to hedgehog#, with # being that number.

The browser should show a circular loading sign and quickly load the IDE’s main screen.


more IDE usage