General information about the WiPy¶
No floating point support¶
Due to space reasons, there’s no floating point support, and no math module. This means that floating point numbers cannot be used anywhere in the code, and that all divisions must be performed using ‘//’ instead of ‘/’. Example:
>>> r = 4 // 2 # this will work >>> r = 4 / 2 # this WON'T
Before applying power¶
The GPIO pins of the WiPy are NOT 5V tolerant, connecting them to voltages higher than 3.6V will cause irreparable damage to the board. ADC pins, when configured in analog mode cannot withstand voltages above 1.8V. Keep these considerations in mind when wiring your electronics.
WLAN default behaviour¶
When the WiPy boots with the default factory configuration starts in Access Point
ssid that starts with:
Connect to this network and the WiPy will be reachable at
192.168.1.1. In order
to gain access to the interactive prompt, open a telnet session to that IP address on
the default port (23). You will be asked for credentials:
login: micro and
Linux stock telnet works like a charm (also on OSX), but other tools like putty
work quite well too. The default credentials are: user:
network.Server for info on how to change the defaults.
For instance, on a linux shell (when connected to the WiPy in AP mode):
$ telnet 192.168.1.1
Local file system and FTP access¶
There is a small internal file system (a drive) on the WiPy, called
which is stored within the external serial flash memory. If a micro SD card
is hooked-up and mounted, it will be available as well.
When the WiPy starts up, it always boots from the
boot.py located in the
/flash file system. On boot up, the current directory is
The file system is accessible via the native FTP server running in the WiPy. Open your FTP client of choice and connect to:
network.Server for info on how to change the defaults.
The recommended clients are: Linux stock FTP (also in OSX), Filezilla and FireFTP.
For example, on a linux shell:
$ ftp 192.168.1.1
The FTP server on the WiPy doesn’t support active mode, only passive, therefore, if using the native unix ftp client, just after logging in do:
Besides that, the FTP server only supports one data connection at a time. Check out the Filezilla settings section below for more info.
Do not use the quick connect button, instead, open the site manager and create a new
configuration. In the
General tab make sure that encryption is set to:
plain FTP (insecure). In the Transfer Settings tab limit the max number of connections
to one, otherwise FileZilla will try to open a second command connection when retrieving
and saving files, and for simplicity and to reduce code size, only one command and one
data connections are possible. Other FTP clients might behave in a similar way.
Upgrading the firmware Over The Air¶
OTA software updates can be performed through the FTP server. Upload the
/flash/sys/mcuimg.bin it will take around 6s. You won’t see the file being stored
/flash/sys/ because it’s actually saved bypassing the user file system, so it
ends up inside the internal hidden file system, but rest assured that it was successfully
transferred, and it has been signed with a MD5 checksum to verify its integrity. Now, reset
the WiPy by pressing the switch on the board, or by typing:
>>> import machine >>> machine.reset()
Software updates can be found in: https://github.com/wipy/wipy/releases (Binaries.zip). It’s always recommended to update to the latest software, but make sure to read the release notes before.
bootloader.bin found inside
Binaries.zip is there only for reference, it’s not
needed for the Over The Air update.
In order to check your software version, do:
>>> import os >>> os.uname().release
If the version number is lower than the latest release found in the releases, go ahead and update your WiPy!
Boot modes and safe boot¶
If you power up normally, or press the reset button, the WiPy will boot
into standard mode; the
boot.py file will be executed first, then
main.py will run.
You can override this boot sequence by pulling
GP28 up (connect
it to the 3v3 output pin) during reset. This procedure also allows going
back in time to old firmware versions. The WiPy can hold up to 3 different
firmware versions, which are: the factory firmware plus 2 user updates.
After reset, if
GP28 is held high, the heartbeat LED will start flashing
slowly, if after 3 seconds the pin is still being held high, the LED will start
blinking a bit faster and the WiPy will select the previous user update to boot.
If the previous user update is the desired firmware image,
GP28 must be
released before 3 more seconds elapse. If 3 seconds later the pin is still high,
the factory firmware will be selected, the LED will flash quickly for 1.5 seconds
and the WiPy will proceed to boot. The firmware selection mechanism is as follows:
Safe Boot Pin
GP28 released during:
1st 3 secs window
2nd 3 secs window
Final 1.5 secs window
Safe boot, latest
firmware is selected
Safe boot, previous
user update selected
Safe boot, the factory
firmware is selected
On all of the above 3 scenarios, safe boot mode is entered, meaning that
the execution of both
main.py is skipped. This is
useful to recover from crash situations caused by the user scripts. The selection
made during safe boot is not persistent, therefore after the next normal reset
the latest firmware will run again.
The heartbeat LED¶
By default the heartbeat LED flashes once every 4s to signal that the system is
alive. This can be overridden through the
>>> import wipy >>> wipy.heartbeat(False)
There are currently 2 kinds of errors that you might see:
If the heartbeat LED flashes quickly, then a Python script (eg
main.py) has an error. Use the REPL to debug it.
If the heartbeat LED stays on, then there was a hard fault, you cannot recover from this, the only way out is to press the reset switch.
Details on sleep modes¶
machine.idle(): Power consumption: ~12mA (in WLAN STA mode). Wake sources: any hardware interrupt (including systick with period of 1ms), no special configuration required.
machine.lightsleep(): 950uA (in WLAN STA mode). Wake sources are
machine.deepsleep(): ~350uA. Wake sources are
Additional details for machine.Pin¶
On the WiPy board the pins are identified by their string id:
from machine import Pin g = machine.Pin('GP9', mode=Pin.OUT, pull=None, drive=Pin.MED_POWER, alt=-1)
You can also configure the Pin to generate interrupts. For instance:
from machine import Pin def pincb(pin): print(pin.id()) pin_int = Pin('GP10', mode=Pin.IN, pull=Pin.PULL_DOWN) pin_int.irq(trigger=Pin.IRQ_RISING, handler=pincb) # the callback can be triggered manually pin_int.irq()() # to disable the callback pin_int.irq().disable()
Now every time a falling edge is seen on the gpio pin, the callback will be executed. Caution: mechanical push buttons have “bounce” and pushing or releasing a switch will often generate multiple edges. See: http://www.eng.utah.edu/~cs5780/debouncing.pdf for a detailed explanation, along with various techniques for debouncing.
All pin objects go through the pin mapper to come up with one of the gpio pins.
drive parameter the strengths are:
Pin.LOW_POWER- 2mA drive capability.
Pin.MED_POWER- 4mA drive capability.
Pin.HIGH_POWER- 6mA drive capability.
alt parameter please refer to the pinout and alternate functions
table at <https://raw.githubusercontent.com/wipy/wipy/master/docs/PinOUT.png>`_
for the specific alternate functions that each pin supports.
For interrupts, the
priority can take values in the range 1-7. And the
wake parameter has the following properties:
wake_from=machine.Sleep.ACTIVEany pin can wake the board.
GP11, GP17`` or
GP24can wake the board. Note that only 1 of this pins can be enabled as a wake source at the same time, so, only the last enabled pin as a
machine.Sleep.SUSPENDEDwake source will have effect.
GP24can wake the board. In this case all of the 6 pins can be enabled as a
machine.Sleep.HIBERNATEwake source at the same time.
Additional Pin methods:
Returns a list of the alternate functions supported by the pin. List items are a tuple of the form:
Additional details for machine.I2C¶
On the WiPy there is a single hardware I2C peripheral, identified by “0”. By default this is the peripheral that is used when constructing an I2C instance. The default pins are GP23 for SCL and GP13 for SDA, and one can create the default I2C peripheral simply by doing:
i2c = machine.I2C()
The pins and frequency can be specified as:
i2c = machine.I2C(freq=400000, scl='GP23', sda='GP13')
Only certain pins can be used as SCL/SDA. Please refer to the pinout for further information.
Incompatible way to create SSL sockets¶
SSL sockets need to be created the following way before wrapping them with.
import socket import ssl s = socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_STREAM, socket.IPPROTO_SEC) ss = ssl.wrap_socket(s)
Certificates must be used in order to validate the other side of the connection, and also to authenticate ourselves with the other end. Such certificates must be stored as files using the FTP server, and they must be placed in specific paths with specific names.
The certificate to validate the other side goes in: ‘/flash/cert/ca.pem’
The certificate to authenticate ourselves goes in: ‘/flash/cert/cert.pem’
The key for our own certificate goes in: ‘/flash/cert/private.key’
When these files are stored, they are placed inside the internal hidden file system (just like firmware updates), and therefore they are never visible.
For instance to connect to the Blynk servers using certificates, take the file
in the blynk examples folder.
and put it in ‘/flash/cert/’. Then do:
import socket import ssl s = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_STREAM, socket.IPPROTO_SEC) ss = ssl.wrap_socket(s, cert_reqs=ssl.CERT_REQUIRED, ca_certs='/flash/cert/ca.pem') ss.connect(socket.getaddrinfo('cloud.blynk.cc', 8441)[-1])
Incompatibilities in hashlib module¶
Due to hardware implementation details of the WiPy, data must be buffered before being
digested, which would make it impossible to calculate the hash of big blocks of data that
do not fit in RAM. In this case, since most likely the total size of the data is known
in advance, the size can be passed to the constructor and hence the HASH hardware engine
of the WiPy can be properly initialized without needing buffering. If
to be given, an initial chunk of
data must be passed as well. When using this extension,
care must be taken to make sure that the length of all intermediate chunks (including the
initial one) is a multiple of 4 bytes. The last chunk may be of any length.
hash = hashlib.sha1('abcd1234', 1001) # length of the initial piece is multiple of 4 bytes hash.update('1234') # also multiple of 4 bytes ... hash.update('12345') # last chunk may be of any length hash.digest()
Adhoc way to control telnet/FTP server via network module¶
Server class controls the behaviour and the configuration of the FTP and telnet
services running on the WiPy. Any changes performed using this class’ methods will
import network server = network.Server() server.deinit() # disable the server # enable the server again with new settings server.init(login=('user', 'password'), timeout=600)
- class network.Server(id, ...)¶
Create a server instance, see
initfor parameters of initialization.
- server.init(\*, login=('micro', 'python'), timeout=300)¶
Init (and effectively start the server). Optionally a new
timeout(in seconds) can be passed.
Stop the server
Get or set the server timeout.
Trueif the server is running,
Adhoc VFS-like support¶
WiPy doesn’t implement full MicroPython VFS support, instead following
functions are defined in
- mount(block_device, mount_point, \*, readonly=False)¶
Mounts a block device (like an
SDobject) in the specified mount point. Example:
Unmounts a previously mounted block device from the given path.
- mkfs(block_device or path)¶
Formats the specified path, must be either
/sd. A block device can also be passed like an
SDobject before being mounted.