Blue Pill Server - Getting Started

Step by step guide to initial set up of a stand alone Blue Pill

Networking

Unlike UniSketch where a change of configuration and included device cores needed an online exchange with the SKAARHOJ server, on Blue Pill everything is stored and enabled and disabled locally in Reactor. Only software updates or installations of non-existing device cores and applications need communication with the SKAARHOJ server over the internet. All changes in configurations can be done via the local network.

Network Requirements

Remember a SKAARHOJ controller and client must be on the same subnet (192.168.10.* or one defined for the local network used by the controller). With multiple SKAARHOJ units connected to the same network they need to have different IP addresses!

Power over Ethernet (PoE) Specifications 

We use the PoE industry standard 5W-30W PoE (+) IEEE802.3af/t. To power our controllers using PoE it is important the switch supports this standard. Please notice some manufactures such as Ubiquity have their own non-standard 24V type of PoE which is incompatible with our controllers. Especially pay attention to the standard when using a PoE injector.

Network Layout

We recommend connecting SKAARHOJ UniSketch controllers and Blue Pill via professional PoE network switches, such as NetGears M4250-series which are at the same time designed for AV network traffic such as NDI video.

A PTZ Pro, Frame Shot,  Blue Pill, and PTZ camera configuration could look like this:

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Please note, we are not networking experts and are not able to assist in network set up.

Accessing Blue Pill Server

DHCP or Static IP

The Blue Pill’s user interface is accessed via the device’s IP Address and any web browser. The IP address can be found on the display after it is plugged into a network connection with PoE or a network connection and a power supply (5V Micro USB). By default the Blue Pill should get an IP address via DHCP, if that fails it should fallback to 192.168.10.99.