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MediaTek LinkIt Smart 7688 - Get started

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MediaTek LinkIt Smart 7688 is a powerful platform for IoT applications. The heart of the platform is the MT7688AN SOC. This chipset is based on a powerful 802.11n 1T1R Wi-Fi AP, supports up to 2Gb RAM with additional SD-card storage, encryption engine Wi-Fi and a wide variety of peripheral connectivity options.  Know more about LinkIt Smart here.
Let's get start with LinkIt Smart. The basic connectivity of device is shown here. The device has to USB ports, two indicator LEDs and two reset buttons. To power up the board, connect one end of micro USB to the power connector of the LinkIt Smart board and another end to your computer or other 5V power source.  The Power LED (Green) will light up first, followed by the Wi-Fi LED (Orange) which will blink once. Then, after about 4~5 seconds, the Wi-Fi LED will light; this indicates that the boot loader has initialized. After the boot loader has initialized the boot up process begins, which takes about 30 seconds. Next, the Wi-Fi LED turns off; this means the system is ready to accept a Wi-Fi connection.

Connect to LinkIt Smart 7688 with web UI:
After the boot process is completed the wi-fi access point of LinkIt Smart will on. Now connect your computer or laptop to this access point. Search for the LinkIt_Smart_7688_XXXXXX Wi-Fi access point (XXXXXX is the MAC address) and connect to the board. Now open http://mylinkit.local and you will get the Web UI of LinkIt Smart 7688. Since LinkIt Smart uses mDNS so in windows 7 or earlier you may need Bonjour.
On first time access to the Web UI, you will be asked to set a password as shown in the figure. Please remember your new password, next time it will be required.
Access the System Console of 7688 board:
  • For Windows: 
      • Open PuTTY and in the configuration window, type mylinkit.local in Host Name, select SSH and click open.

      • The PuTTY terminal window displays. Sign in with the username root and the password you set previously in the Web UI. After sign in you should see a screen similar to the one below.  
    • In Mac or Linux:
      • Open Terminal and at the command prompt type ssh root@mylinkit.local. Press return and enter the password you set previously in the Web UI.

        If you see a warning error indicating host ID has changed, please check the Troubleshooting section in the MediaTek LinkIt Smart 7688 Developer’s Guide.

        You now have access to system console using SSH. You can move on to running your first application on the LinkIt Smart 7688 development board.  For more details visit here.
      Now you can use the LinkIt Smart as wifi station.
    • To do this login to web UI and click on 'Network' button on right side.

    Select 'Station Mode'.
    Now select your access point and enter the password.
    Next click on  'Configure & Restart'.

    This will reboot the system and our board will be in station mode. The reboot process will take some time. Once the reboot process is completed the board will be connected to the network you selected. Now connect your computer or laptop to the same network. Once connected you can access LinkIt Smart 7688 with host 'mylinkit.local'.

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