This section has instructions that will allow you to get started using Crickets. Use these instructions to test your Cricket hardware unit and to configure some of its parameters. You will need a serial communication terminal program such as HyperTerminal or minicom.
If you get a Cricket kit from Crossbow, the embedded software will already be installed on it. If not, then you need to install the embedded software first; see Section 1.3. The instructions for ``quick start'' in this section assume that the embedded software is already loaded on the Crickets.
NOTE: The embedded software needs to be based on TinyOS 1.1.6. If you have an older version of TinyOS, you need to upgrade. Also, we have not tested Cricket with later versions of TinyOS; it might work, however. If you obtained a Cricket kit, verify that the CD that came with it has TinyOS 1.1.6 rather than an older version.
Attach one of the Crickets to your computer's serial port. If your computer doesn't have a serial port, you can use a USB-to-serial converter.