Guide-Locating your device

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Locating your device

In this guide, you will be shown one way to find your network connected ROCK64 board, if you do not have it connected to any display devices. This is useful if you're using it as a server, or simply if you wish to access it and you dont have a spare keyboard/display.



Prerequisites:

  • ROCK64 SBC
  • MicroSD card flashed with Linux
    • The tool has been updated, but the pictures/description haven't, please ensure that ROCK64 is selected and the appropriate Disk image is flashed to the SD card.
    • Etcher R64.png
  • Network Connectivity to your device
  • Android/iOS device with access to the app store. 




Instructions


The first step, before plugging in your Rock64 would be to use a Network scanning app to find out and list all the devices on your network. I personally use Fing. You can find them in your relevent app repositories:

Google Play

Itunes


I have an Android phone, the iPhone interface should be largely similar. 

After the app is installed, run a network scan. Note the number in the top right corner, denoting the number of currently connected devices. 


Fing1.png


Then, turn on the Rock 64 Board. While you wait for it to turn on, You might want to change some settings to make it easier to find your new device. 


Tap on the Wifi Network name to open up the Local Network settings page: 


Fing2.png


Select "Sort Devices" and choose "Last Change" 


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That should result in any new devices being listed near the top. The Rock64 Board should have booted by now. You'll know by checking the LEDs: Green - DC connected, White - Power, Red - Standby


R64 power 1.jpg


Now that the board has booted up, go back to the main Fing Screen and click the refresh button to initiate a new scan. if the Rock64 successfully booted and connected to the network (via DHCP), you should see a new item on the list: 

Fing4.png

As you can see, there are a few more devices on my network, the Rock64 (the other device was my phone that came out of deep sleep, it had "Apple" written on the left, so I knew that wasnt the Rock64). 

We have the IP address of the Rock64, but we can do one more step to confirm, click on the item to open its page, then select "scan services" 

Fing5.png

The app will commence a scan, and within a few seconds, you should see one service discovered: 

Fing6.png

This confirms that the device is most likely the Rock64, unless you have had another device connected to your Wifi network that happens to be running an SSH server. 



Note down the IP and MAC address. Depending on your Router (and DHCP) configuration, rebooting your Rock 64 board or your Router might result in the IP address of the Rock 64 Changing. However, the MAC address should stay the same. Simply do a scan using the app to find the IP address of your board if you suspect the IP address has changed.


References

Forum link: Finding out the IP address of your Rock64 Board when its not connected to a display (Headless)