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Configure Renard Receiver

Required Hardware

You can use either a RF1 or a kombee board to control a Renard board. For the RF1, you can use the RS485 board to connect via CAT5 cable OR you can connect via a custom wire to a Snap In header

How To Program the Renard Receiver

  1. Open the IDE
  2. In the File->Examples->RFPixelControl Menu find the RenardReceiver
    Open the RenardReceiver Sketch
  3. You will need to verify / change the configuration options
    Need to verify the Configuration Options

Next Choose a Unique ID For this device, This number will need to be unique for each of your RF devices (unless you want to have more than one receiver receive the same information from the transmitter, NOTE: this is only used for receivers when OTA Config is enabled. More information visit: OTA Config Explained


  • Next Choose what hardware you are using. This is so you have the right pin setup for your transceiver

#define  NRF_TYPE                     RF1_1_3

  • Next Set the Renard Baud Rate

#define RENARD_BAUD_RATE              57600

  • Next Option is for Over The air configuration, this feature was implemented in public beta 1 but the configuration of it is not easy enough, so leave this one set to 0


  • Next Because we aren't yet using OTA config, you need to set what start address you want this receiver to listen to. This is the first channel from the RF which will be output as renard.

#define START_CHANNEL               1

  • Next How many channels are we listening for? this is the number of channels from the RF (sequentially) that will be output, note you can only listen to 512 channels per receiver.
  • Make sure that your NUM_CHANNELS setting contains less than or equal to the number of channels that you are transmitting. Receiving devices will only update once a full data update has taken place. Its best to set this to the number of channels you have on your renard controller.

#define NUM_CHANNELS               64

  • Next choose What RF Channel do you want to listenon? Valid Values: 1-124

#define LISTEN_CHANNEL 100

  • Next set your RF Data Rate, this needs to be the same rate that your transmitter is sending data at.

#define DATA_RATE RF24_250KBPS

Now that you have that done, Its time to load the sketch onto your transmitter. We need to connect your RF1 or other device to your computer for upload.

For RF1 use a FTDI adapter or cable to connect to the RF1 serial.

For a kombee device you can use the FTDI board OR you can connect to a xbee Explorer board.

Now that we are connected to the computer.

  1. Choose the correct COM device. This is the COM port of your FTDI adapter or xbee Explorer.
  2. Select the COM Port your Transmitter device is connected to.
  3. Now Choose Arduino Uno as the board type, you will use this for the RF1, and kombee boards.
  4. Select Uno Board type
  5. Click the upload button
  6. Click Upload
  7. If you have an error or bad connection you may see an error like this.
  8. Verify your COM port is selected and your board is connected properly
  9. If your upload was successful you will see "Done Uploading"
  10. All Done!