TinyPilot network doesn't seem to want to initialize
Just got my TinyPilot and connected it up to a server to try to test it out, but the network on the TinyPilot never seems to get going. I tested the port with a laptop and was able to get DHCP and everything just fine. When I plug the network back into the TinyPilot, I don't ever get any lights and looking at the switch I plug it into, there doesn't seem to be anything going on.
Is there perhaps a way for me to console into the TinyPilot to see what is going on?
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Thanks for reporting this! Sorry about the trouble getting up and running.
When you power on the Voyager, do you see the green and amber status lights?
If those status lights are on, then it does sound like an issue with the networking component. It could be a defective network adaptor on the Voyager, but that would be the first time that's ever happened in the field. If you are seeing the status lights from power, can you try a different Ethernet cable just to eliminate the possibility that the Ethernet cable is flaky? I know it worked with the laptop, but just to be sure.
I appreciate the prompt reply!
Just to make sure, I tested a few different cables that are known good, same result. I did notice that the very first time I connected the ethernet port, I got an amber light on the switch port like it was trying to connect. Also on my voyager I have a constant red light, but I did not see any activity on the green LED next to it even after a power cycle. There is, however a solid green LED on the power module.
Hmm, you might have the dubious honor of being the first customer to have a networking adaptor die in the field. It's surprising because we test each Voyager by hand before shipping them out, but maybe something came loose in transit.
I'll email you a return label so that we can replace this for you.
I received your return, and I can't reproduce the issue. The device boots up fine for me. The green LED activity light flashes, and the network port has an amber light and flashes green like normal.
It's possible that the hardware failure is intermittent, so I'll send a replacement.
Is it at all possible that the router/switch you're connecting the Voyager to is defective?
It's possible, but more likely it would be the power source I had it connected to as I wasn't seeing any activity on the status light on the TinyPilot board. I will have more people in the office this week to get another pair of eyes on it.
Thanks for following up!
I've never heard of the cable causing that issue. Are you connecting TinyPilot directly to a computer? Or is it going to another HDMI device? I've seen that happen with cheap HDMI-based KVMs because they're actually backfeeding power into the TinyPilot's HDMI port, which interferes with the device's boot. But I wouldn't expect swapping HDMI cables to fix that issue.