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**Getting Started**

This section should help you get started as quickly as possible. First take a look at the system overview. Then check that you have the required hardware and software. Next, run through the tutorial on programming your WISP. Finally, there's a quick tutorial on using the reader.

Questions? - yeagerd yeagerd, - pollyp pollyp, - ripras ripras, - alanson alanson maintain this page.

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System Overview

  • What the setup looks like (HW/FW/SW)
  • diagrams!
  • photos!

Required Hardware and How to Obtain It


  • Texas Instruments USB FET vs. USB Key


* [[|USB Key Debugger]] (fixed 3.3V, $20, direct connect to WISP)


  • For FET Debugger: WISP programming adapter (comes with WISP)

  • RFID Reader, Antenna


Required Software and How to Obtain It

  • A Git client. You'll need this to get the WISP firmware and reader application software.
  • Current WISP firmware. The current WISP firmware status is on the WISP firmware page.
  • A compiler/debugger to compile and install firmware on the WISP. We use IAR.
  • IAR Embedded Workbench
  • TI Code Composer (Eclipse-based)
  • We are having some issues with the project options - they need to be specified as a command line directive
  • GCC Compiler
  • This should work (used for TinyOS MSP430), but we don't know much about this route.
  • WISP C# GUI App. Go to the Reader Application page and follow the directions to get the latest version.
  • GUI App Microsoft Dependency Options:
  • Option A: Download Runtime Libraries
  • Get Visual Studio 2005
  • I can confirm the GUI app works with MS Visual C# 2005 Express - jvoris
  • Should be embedded in the GUI App project

Suggested Tools For Developers

  • WISP Monitor (pending release)
  • Power Supply, Oscilloscope, Signal Generator


  • Soldering Tools
  • ITW Chemtronics / Circuitworks Flux Dispensing Pen CW8400, Digikey CW8400
  • Tweezers
  • Wiha Fine Point Tweezers, Digikey 431-1022
  • Wire Strippers
  • Paladin Datashark Wire Stripper/Cutter 30-20AWG, Digikey PAL70057
  • They have a nicer model for $15 - as anyone tried them? Digikey PAL1118-ND
  • Cutters
  • Cooper Industries/Xcelite 170M, Digikey 170M-ND
  • 28 Gauge Wire
  • OK Industries R28* Wire Wrap, Digikey K326, K390, K391, K392, K393


Once you have everything ready, there's two tutorials below to get things running:

gettingstarted.txt · Last modified: 2018/07/11 08:26 (external edit)