Many people are asking me about how to get started or pair up their receivers, so I decided to start this guide showing the initial basics on how to set things up, without over saturating the original topic.
So you just got your hands on a new Photon remote, and are excited to start using it. Here is a quick introduction guide on the essentials of setting things up to get you going.
1. Connecting the receiver to your VESC:
Depending on the HW version of your Vesc, look for the UART port. In this case, our VESC is a 4.12 HW.
In case you have a Vesc 6 derivative, Rx and Tx are switched, carefully flip those pins on the UART cable on one end as shown in the picture below
Every receiver should come with a UART cable, it has 6 pins. Carefully check your VESC UART port and make sure your connect the right pins as per the following picture:
One of the pins on that port won’t be used.
If connected correctly, you should see a green LED light on the receiver.
2. Pairing the receiver.
Please note: Receivers are already paired to the remote when they are shipped out, no need to perform this step unless you have a new receiver or a new remote. Or for some reason you have to pair the receiver again after a software update.
If the receiver is connected and the green light is on, and you see the above display without the red dot with green circle animating, it means that they are not paired up.
Go to main menu by pressing the Left button, scroll down to “Binding” and press the joystick down to enter.
The Photon remote supports up to 4 receivers at a time, with the first one in the list being the Master. Select the first slot and press enter (push joystick down) if you are pairing your only receiver, or your Master.
A search screen will appear, looking for receivers in binding mode. On your receiver, there is a small black push button, thats the binding button. Press is while the remote is searching to pair it.
After a successful pairing, you should briefly see this message, and then back to main screen.
Now telemetry will start flowing, with your Vesc FW on top, and the red dot will now transform to green and start animating, meaning you got a connection.
Thats the basic initial configuration, more details will be posted about the other functionalities. If you got any questions please don’t hesitate to ask!