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Use Beacon with Offline Robots

Learn how to run parts with Beacon offline

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Written by Neil Spackman
Updated this week

Beacon primarily communicates with your robot over the internet. Internet connectivity enables seamless software updates, analytics that power charts and dashboards, data backups, and much more.

However, there may be times when your robot may lose internet access due to an outage in the area, network maintenance by your company, or other factors.

This article shows you how you can create and play playlists on your robot if it has lost internet connectivity. This approach is limited to playlists only.

Prerequisites

To run parts offline:

  1. The robot must have had internet access while originally creating and running parts so that the data was downloaded to the robot.

  2. The robot is connected to your local network, either by ethernet or Wi-Fi, even if it cannot access the internet now.

  3. You know the robot's IP address. See Networking Setup to learn how to find it.

  4. Your device is connected to the same network as the robot.

  5. Your device has access to a browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.)

Accessing the Offline Webpage

To manage the playlist and parts to run, open up your device's browser and navigate to http://<robot-ip-address>:39800/parts

For example, if the robot's IP address were 10.0.1.25 then in your device's browser you would navigate to http://10.0.1.25:39800/parts

The Offline Part Management page displays all the parts that are loaded on the robot. If you didn't have a playlist running previously, it will appear similar to the following screenshot. Your parts display on the left side and any parts on the playlist display on the right side.

If you had a playlist loaded then you will see your playlist on the right side populated with its parts.

Creating a New Playlist

To create a new playlist, click Create New Playlist in the Action column of the part you want to add.

A checkmark appears in the On Playlist column to indicate that the part is on the current playlist. The part will also appear on the right side in the order that the part will be played in the playlist.

Adding a Part to the Playlist

To add a part to the playlist, click Add to Playlist in the Action column of the part you want to add.

A checkmark appears in the On Playlist column to indicate that the part is on the current playlist. The part will also appear on the right side in the order that the part will be played in the playlist. A part can be added to a playlist multiple times.

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