So finally I got my C.H.I.P SOCs after waiting for at least half a year.
The computer comes with no means of connecting it to a display, which I realized to be a problem once a discovered the lack of an Ethernet port as well. However, it is possible to connect over serial through the micro-USB port.
To be able to SSH into the C.H.I.P, we need to setup a wireless connection, install an SSH server and start it.
- Connect the C.H.I.P to your computer and make sure that it’s LEDs keep on flashing. I used a bad USB cable that stopped working soon after boot, which caused some head ache.
- Look at
dmesgto find out which port the C.H.I.P uses. It will be something like
/dev/ttyACM0or similar. Use
dmesg | grep ttyfor some filtering. Reconnecting the USB cable will produce the output again.
- Install minicom:
sudo pacman -S minicom
- Run it with
- Go to
Serial port setupand set
Serial Deviceto point at the device you found in step 2, e.g.
/dev/ttyACM0. Set the Baud Rate (Setting E) to
9600. Press Escape twice.
- Now you’re in! Sign in with user
chip. Go ahead and get root access with
sudo su. Use the same credentials.
nmtuito connect to your local wireless network. It’s a pretty user friendly CLI utility.
- Install an SSH server;
apt-get install ssh. Activate it with
service ssh start.
- Get the IP address from
ip addr. It’s the wlan0 interface you should be looking at.
- Try to connect to the C.H.I.P over SSH;
ssh chip@<the IP found in step 9>:22. Now you’re in!
Bonus: The C.H.I.P fits nicely in a Scotch-Brite!