FAQ - frequently asked questions

- What do I need in order to start programming Arduino boards(Nano, Uno, Mega) with Arduino Control Center, except Arduino boards? Do I need license for program?
For start, you don't need a license. You can use demo version until you get familiar with software logic and your project requirements. Project created in demo version will be fully functional in registered version.

- What is the easiest way for the first time to start with Arduino board configuration?
The easiest way for the first time is to upload firmware without support for ethernet shields(they names are begins with MEGA_SERIAL_ONLY, UNO_NANO_SERIAL_ONLY) in order to get familiar with Arduino Control Center programming logic. Later on you can attach ethernet shields, Update firmware for that type of shield and setup parameters for connection to network.

- I am using Windows OS, Arduino board is connected over USB to the PC. How can I communicate in Arduino Control Center with connected Arduino board?
Each Arduino board connected to Windows OS over USB create Virtual Serial Port(proper drivers installation required). When you connect arduino board, Arduino Control Center will show you which COM port is assigned to this Arduino device.

- Does Arduino board need to be connected to PC and Arduino Control Center always? Will it continue to work if PC failed or Arduino Control Center application stop working for some reason?
Yes, Arduino will continue to work normally as long as it has a suitable power supply, of course. Data acquisition, alarms, email and sms notifications for that period of time when Arduino Control Center is not up and running will be unavailable. Devices attached to Arduino will continue to work normally.

- I don't want to use ethernet shields, but I want to access arduino devices from local network or Internet. Is that possible to do with Arduino Control Center?
- Yes, it does. Arduino Control Center is a "brain" who's control traffic between Arduino device and your internet browser. Actually, the same thing happens either if you use ethernet shields. The main difference is that in case without ethernet shields, Arduino device has to be connected to the PC over USB connection all the time. Again, Arduino and attached devices will continue to work normally (as long as it has a suitable power supply) even if USB connection fails.

- I have added components, enabled writing to database option for each component but charts are empty. Why?
Each Arduino device has to be enabled for writing to database, either data received from Serial connection, from Network connection or both. By default, writing to database for newly added device is disabled because is assumed that you need to configure and setup components bofore data for charts begins to store in database.

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