Running the Example Applications

This section provides instructions on how to run the out-of-box Example Applications.

Running the Collector and Gateway Applications

This section explains how to run the out-of-box Collector Application that creates the network and allows new devices to join to the network. Also, it explains how to run the Gateway Application that creates a local Web server to which users can connect using a Web browser to visualize the network information and reported sensor data from the sensor nodes. In addition, this chapter also explains how to connect sensor nodes to the network and observe data communication between the Linux Collector Example Application and the sensor nodes.

There are two ways to run the out-of-box Example Applications:

  • Option 1: Run the existing prebuilt Linux examples found in the ${SDK_ROOT}/prebuilt directory.
  • Option 2: Build and run the Linux applications manually from source.

Embedded Prebuilt Hex Files and Frequency Selection

The out-of-box prebuilt hex files use APIMAC_STD_US_915_PHY_1 (see Listing 2.).

Listing 2. Defines to Select the Desired PHY:
/*! PHY IDs - 915MHz US Frequency band operating mode # 1 */
#define APIMAC_STD_US_915_PHY_1 1

/*! 863MHz ETSI Frequency band operating mode # 3 */
#define APIMAC_STD_ETSI_863_PHY_3 3

/*! 433MHz China Frequency band operating mode # 3 */
#define APIMAC_GENERIC_CHINA_433_PHY_128 128

915 MHz (PHY1), 863 MHz (PHY3), or 433 MHz (PHY128)


Each PHY also has a SimpleLink Long Range, (SLM), mode of operation. This mode gives extended range, and has a data rate of 5kbps. The SLM PHY ID’s are:


Use the following steps to change the embedded devices:

  1. Modify the embedded config.h in the sensor example.

  2. Compile and create the new sensor hex file using TI’s Code Composer Studio™ (CCS) software

  3. Program the Sensor module with this new hex file.

  4. Use the following steps to change the Linux application:

    1. Find the collector.cfg file (it is an ASCII text file). The example Linux Collector Application reads this file at start-up.

    2. Modify the config-phy-id line, as shown in Listing 3..

      Listing 3. config-phy-id Line
      config-percentfilter OxOff
      config-phy-id 1
      config-scan-duration 5

Connect the CoProcessor LP

Program the CoProcessor LP as shown in Figure 13. (A) and program the Sensor LPs as shown in Figure 13. (B) with the hex files, as described in Program the CC13x0 LPs or Embedded Prebuilt Hex Files and Frequency Selection.


Figure 13. Connect the CoProcessor LP

About /dev/ttyACM0

Linux supports several types of USB serial ports. One type is /dev/ttyUSB<number>. Another type is /dev/ttyACM<number>.

Linux assigns the numbers in order, as each USB device is enumerated. For example: the first device is /dev/ttyACM0, the second device is /dev/ttyACM1, and so on.

Specifically, the LP shows as a /dev/ttyACM<number> device. The LP debug interface actually presents two serial interfaces—this example uses only the first interface, also known as /dev/ttyACM0.


FTDI serial cables show as /dev/ttyUSB<number>.

The out-of-box collector.cfg file assumes that the LP is exactly /dev/ttyACM0.

A software developer usually has many devices connected to a development machine through the USB interface. These other devices may also present another /dev/ttyACM<some_number> interface (for example, a mobile phone, or a tablet).

Thus, if another serial device is already connected (or enumerated) when the LP is connected it may (or may not) appear as /dev/ttyACM0.

To determine what is present, use the ls command shown in Figure 14..


Figure 14. dev/ttyACM0 Code

Edit the collector.cfg file accordingly. Solutions:

  • Option 1: Unplug everything except the CoProcessor LP, which should remain connected.
  • Option 2: Sometimes unplugging everything is not a viable solution; so the other alternative is to edit the collector.cfg file and change the devname line shown in Listing 4..
Listing 4. collector.cfg Option 2
; If collector app connects directly to a UART (no-npi-server) this is how
; to connect.
;; Launchpads use USB and show up as: /dev/ttyACMO and ACMl
;; Solutions using an FTDI or Prolific cable use /dev/ttyUSBO or USBl
;; Hard serial ports are: /dev/ttySO to ttyS9
;devname = /dev/ttyUSBl
devname = /dev/ttyACMO
baudrate = ll52OO
; we use the default flags
flag = default

Option 1: Running Application Using Prebuilt Binaries

Run the prebuilt example binaries with the following steps:

  1. Program the LPs, as described in Running the Collector and Gateway Applications.
  2. Change to the prebuilt directory (on the host or on the BBB).
  3. Run the script.
  4. On the Linux x86 host, the Web browser should launch automatically and connect to the desired IP address and port.
  5. On the BBB, launch your browser manually; then, visit the specified website address (the shell script will display a link with the IP address and port ID).
  6. Go to Joining the Sensor Nodes to the Network.

Running the Example Linux® Applications After Building From Source

Choosing this option means that the following items have been completed:

  • The LP development kits have been programmed as required (see Connect the CoProcessor LP).
  • The CoProcessor LP is connected as /dev/ttyACM0.

The steps listed in Start the Collector Example Application manually perform the same steps the script performed in Option 1: Running Application Using Prebuilt Binaries.

Start the Collector Example Application

  1. Change to the collector directory: ${root}/example/collector.


    First, it may be necessary to visit and build the various library component directories. If required, type make to build the Collector Application.

  2. Launch the Collector Application and, if desired a specific configuration file. The default configuration filename is collector.cfg. The configuration file can be specified on the command line.

    bash$ cd ${SDK_ROOT}/example/collector bash$ make clean (optional)
    bash$ make host (optional)
    bash$ ./host_collector collector.cfg
    # or:
    # Cross-compile the BBB version and copy the executable to the BBB.
    bash$ make bbb
    bash$ scp bbb_collector root@ bash$ ssh root@
    root@am335x-evm# ./bbb_collector collector.cfg


    1. If using a VM, be sure to connect the LP USB device to the VM.

    2. The device /dev/ttyACM0 is the debug serial port associated with the LP. Details about this port and the /dev/ttyACM1 device can be found in the LP documentation.

      By default, the configuration files contain assumptions that the CC13x0 CoProcessor application uses /dev/ttyACM0. If more than one device is present or if other ACM communications devices are present, it may be necessary to edit or change the configuration file.

      See the devname selection in the collector.cfg file for details.

    3. Your username must be a member of the group dialout (see Linux® Development Host for details).

Start the Gateway Application

When using Option 1 in Option 1: Running Application Using Prebuilt Binaries, the following steps are automatically performed by the script in the prebuilt directory.

In a separate shell window, do the following:

  1. Enter the following:

    bash$ cd ${SDK_ROOT}/example/gateway
  2. Use the following for Ubuntu Linux:

    bash$ nodejs gateway.js
  3. Use the following on the BBB:

    root@am335x-evm# node gateway.js


    There is a name conflict between various versions of Linux with respect to the application called node, which is detailed in the following: Currently, the Ubuntu distribution uses the name nodejs, and the BBB uses the name node.

    1. Socket Configuration:

      The Gateway Application is hard coded to use localhost port/service 5000 to communicate with the Linux Collector application. The Collector socket configuration (port number or service number) is specified in the collector.cfg file.

      For details see the following:

      ${SDK_ROOT}/example/collector/collector.cfg ${SDK_ROOT}/example/gateway/appClient/appclient.js

    2. Start your Web browser.

      When using Option 1 in Option 1: Running Application Using Prebuilt Binaries, the following are automatically performed by the script in the prebuilt directory.

    3. The Gateway (Node.js) Web server operates on Port 1310.

    4. If you are running the gateway on your Linux host, use the following: http://localhost:1310

    5. Otherwise, substitute your BBB IP address as required. Next, see the following screen as shown in Figure 15..


      Figure 15. TI 15.4-Stack Gateway Application Web Application Served by the Local Web Server After Network Start-Up

Joining the Sensor Nodes to the Network

After starting, the network the Collector Application (by default) closes the network for new device joins. When the network is open, new devices can join the network. To open the network, select the Open button on the Web browser.

After the network is open, power up the CC1310 LP programmed with the Sensor Example Application. When the device joins the network, the red LED on the Sensor LP turns on. The new device is then be visible and sensor-data values appear on the Web page. After connecting several sensor nodes to the network, a screen similar to Figure 16. is visible.


In frequency-hopping configuration mode, the radio network is always open to new nodes.


Figure 16. TI 15.4-Stack Gateway Application Web Application Served by the Local Web Server After Devices Joined to the Network

Next, using the front end enables sending of the Toggle LED commands to the sensor nodes. After pressing the button, the red LED Toggle turns on the desired end node of the CC1310 LP.


After pressing the Toggle LED button, a delay of several seconds may occur before the red LED on the desired end node toggles because the out-of-box sensor nodes are in sleep mode. The sensor nodes will wake up after a sleep interval to retrieve the command buffered (in this case Toggle-LED request message) from the PAN coordinator (collector).

Collector Application Configuration

The definitive description of the TI 15.4-Stack network configuration items is described in the TI 15.4-Stack Software Developer’s Guide A short summary of the key network configuration items follows.

Sensor and Collector Configuration

The embedded devices have a hard-coded configuration, which is set by the config.h file in the respective prebuilt directories. There is a separate config.h file for the sensor and the Collector Application; these settings must match, otherwise communication does not occur.

Linux® versus Embedded config.h Files

In the embedded device, various settings are compile time constants provided by the config.h file. For example, CONFIG_SECURE In the embedded device, CONFIG_SECURE is a simple #define, as shown in the following::

/*! Security Enable - set to true to turn on security */
#define CONFIG_SECURE true

In contrast, the Linux implementation uses a runtime variable rather than a compile time constant; the Linux implementation has two parts.

  • Linux Part 1 is a global variable; the CONFIG_SECURE macro refers to the following::

    /*! Security Enable - set to true to turn on security */
    extern bool linux_CONFIG_SECURE;
    #define CONFIG_SECURE_DEFAULT false

    The Collector and other files (that is, CLLC and CSF) still use the CONFIG_SECURE macro; the macro instead resolves to a global variable.

  • Linux Part 2: The global variables are in the linux_main.c file along with their default values. At start-up, the code for the linux_main.c file reads and parses the application configuration file (the contents of which may alter the value of the configuration values).

    The default names of the configuration files are collector.cfg and npi_server2.cfg.

Setting the Channel of Operation

Configure the desired bit mask in the define CONFIG_CHANNEL_MASK in the config.h file to select the desired channel or channels.:

Channel mask - Each bit indicates if the corresponding channel is to be scanned First byte represents channel 0 to 7 and the last byte represents channel 128 to 135

#define CONFIG_CHANNEL_MASK {   0x0F, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00,     \
                                0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00,     \
                                0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00 }

In the Linux configuration file, the user provides a list of channel numbers rather than a byte array of bits.

Setting Up Network Operation Mode

Network can be secure or nonsecure, beacon enabled or disabled, or in frequency-hopping mode. The embedded devices are configured through their config.h files; the important items for desired mode of network operation are described as follows:

  • Nonbeacon mode

    Set the defines for beacon order and superframe order as described in the following, and set the frequency-hopping mode define to false.:

    #define CONFIG_FH_ENABLE false
  • Beacon-enabled mode

    Set the defines for beacon order and superframe order to a desired value other than 15 such that the superframe order is less than the beacon order. Also, set the CONFIG_FH_ENABLE to false, as shown in the following::

    #define CONFIG_FH_ENABLE false
  • Frequency-hopping mode

    Frequency-hopping mode is selected if CONFIG_FH_ENABLE is set to true. In this configuration, values for beacon order and superframe order must be 15.:

    #define CONFIG_MAC_BEACON_ORDER     15
    #define CONFIG_FH_ENABLE            true
    #define CONFIG_SECURE               true

Set Up MAC Data Frame Security

For beacon or nonbeacon operation, set security to true or false by using the define listed here in the config.h file.

/*! Security Enable - set to true to turn on security */
#define CONFIG_SECURE true

Setting Up Sensor Reporting Interval

The sensor reporting interval is defined in the collector.c file. Define the desired value in milliseconds for the sensor reporting interval for the define listed here::

/* Default configuration reporting interval, in milliseconds */

Setting Up Polling Intervals for Sensor Devices in Sleep Mode

Devices that are in sleep mode poll intervals because nonbeacon mode and frequency-hopping mode can be configured by setting desired value in milliseconds for the following define in the collector.c file::

/* Default configuration polling interval, in milliseconds */

Serial Bootloader Application (Flash Update)

To use the Serial bootloader application, use the application executable with arguments described as follows:






  • is the serial interface (for example, /dev/ttyACM0).


  • is the Intel hex or binary file to flash program into the device.


  • are:

    –e (erase)

    –p (program)

    –v (verify)

Program the CC13x0 device with an application that enables the bootloader feature (explained in the Bootloader chapter of *CC13xx, CC26xx SimpleLink™ Wireless MCU Technical Reference Manual*). The CoProcessor example embedded application demonstrates the bootloader feature. Specifically, the CoProcessor applications enable the bootloader feature through the DIO13 Pin (Button 1 on the CC1310 LP). To force entry into the bootloader, use the following steps:

  1. Connect the LP.
  2. Start the flash update tool; the tool will display connecting…
  3. Press and hold the LP BTN-1.
  4. Press and release the LP RESET button.
  5. The application connects and performs the flash update (see Figure 17. for the connection diagram).

Figure 17. Bootloader Connection Diagram

Figure 18. shows an example of how to use the application; the following steps describe the process:

  1. On the x86 Linux machine, clean and build the BBB version.
  2. Using SCP, copy the executable and hex files to the BBB.
  3. Obtain a shell prompt on the BBB.
  4. Execute the flash tool (see the button-press sequence described in the previous set of steps).

Figure 18. Screenshot Showing How to Run the Example Application