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Last updated: 05.11.2019.


Contents

Setup

0. Preparation

Firmware

Before starting, please make sure that you have the latest firmware! You can find it on the Downloads page.

Temperature

Nixie Tap relies on a third-party service for its temperature display feature. This means that, in order to use this feature, you'll need to go to their website and create a free account.

Service is located at openweathermap.org/api, from there you need to get your API KEY and CITY ID. Save these two parameters somewhere, you'll need them for Step 4.

You can find the CITY ID if you search for your city, and then click on it. URL will have numbers in it, these numbers are the actual CITY ID. For example, URL for Boston, MA, is openweathermap.org/city/4930956, so its CITY ID is 4930956.

Cryptocurrency

Nixie Tap relies on a third-party service for its cryptocurrency display feature. This means that, in order to use this feature, you'll need to go to their website and create a free account.

Service is located at coinmarketcap.com/api, from there you need to get your API KEY and CURRENCY ID. Save these two parameters somewhere, you'll need them for Step 4.

1. Entering hotspot

Press the button at the back of the device. Hotspot mode is now active, and Nixie Tap will wait for you to connect.

Look for a Wi-Fi network called NixieTap. When you connect to it, a captive portal should be served. If not, go to your browser URL bar and type: 192.168.4.1.

You should get something like picture below.

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2. Connecting to Wi-Fi

If you wish to keep your device offline-only, you can skip this step.

You can configure all options related to Wi-Fi on the uppermost part of the page.

By default, Nixie Tap access point name and passwords are NixieTap and NixieTap. In the first part, you can change this to whatever you like, keeping in mind that password must be at least 8 characters.

In the second part you can set which Wi-Fi network should be used for data. Click on the desired network, and enter its password.

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3. Time and date

There are two ways to set time: manual and automatic.

Manual will allow you to set time without needing to go online. Time will be kept via an onboard real-time clock and a precision oscillator. This circuitry will have standby power, so you don't need to adjust time every time you turn off the device.

Automatic mode tells Nixie Tap to ping an NTP server in the background, and apply the desired offset from GMT, as well as the Daylight Savings Time.

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4. Temperature

Click on show temperature, put API KEY and CITY ID into their respective fields in the Hotspot.

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5. Cryptocurrency

Click on show cryptocurrency price, put API KEY and CURRENCY ID into their respective fields in the Hotspot.

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6. Final check and done

Once you have set up everything, click on Save. Hotspot will disconnect, and, hopefully, your Nixie Tap is ready!

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7. Troubleshooting

7.1 Inacurrate time or date

As Nixie Tap keeps accurate time via two sources - NTP and RTC, with NTP being more trustworthy, maybe there is something wrong with your WiFi settings.

7.2 Cryptocurrency value is zero or wrong

Check API key, currency ID and WiFi settings. If everything seems OK, head on to Coinmarketcap website, there you can see what's happening with requests which Nixie Tap sends.

7.3 Temperature value is zero or wrong

Same as 7.2, only for Openweathermap.

7.4 Display switches to time or date by itself

Nixie Tap touch sensor is very sensitive, and may pick up spurious electromagnetic fields. If you built the kit, please check Step 5 of the assembly guide. If you cannot solve this, please contact me.

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8. Serial port

If you want to develop your own firmware, or just want to debug, you should know that Nixie Tap has a serial port built in! Just find it on the correct COM port, with 115200 baud rate.

To make it easier to connect, hold the Nixie Tap button while connecting the USB cable. It will enter into a delay, giving you 3 seconds to open the serial monitor, while showing you the firmware version.

Commands currently supported on the serial port:

All commands expect /n termination.

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