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Is It Possible To Connect To Robot And Internet At Same Time


I am running tutorials and trying to program my robot at the same time - I keep having to switch my WiFi from my ISP network to the robot and back again. I could use my phone to stream the tutorials but does anyone know a way to connect to both the robot and the internet from a laptop? I'm guessing you might need some third party network adapter.

Robot: JD Humanoid OS: Windows 10 Home




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Yes you can connect JD and have web access at the same time using a connection mode called Client Mode. This connects your JD to your router instead of directly to the laptops WiFi (known as AP Mode). Below is a link to the tutorial that explains how to do this...


I like to use a USB wifi dongle to keep my internet and use the USB dongle to connect to my EZB robots.


@JustinRatliff Are you connecting from PC's to EZ-B via adhoc mode or did you setup EZ-B to connect to PC USB WiFi (Who is establishing the connection). I wanted to connect to multiple EZ-B in single Robot as well as internet but the Router at work always re-issues an IP address so never the same. I was going to put a router in robot so I connect PC and EZ-B to my router and my router connects to EZ-B but if I can configure multiple EZ-B to connect to PC via second USB network may solve my problem and reduce a piece of hardware.


I'm not using a router or "client mode" to connect to EZBs.

A router at your work, unless you own that router and you control it's settings you can't control the IP address it hands out. Routers will do that, it's called DHCP which is the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol which is a network management protocol used on TCP/IP network so a DHCP server can dynamically assigns an IP address and other network configuration parameters unless static configured otherwise on either the device or router.

For adhoc with the USB dongle and Wi-Fi that is a direct connect per EZB, so I guess you'd either want a USB hub with a bunch of W-Fi dongles so you can direct connect to multiple EZbs from your laptop and still maintain your network internet and never worry about your work's wifi or your work's IP address's changing.

Or like you said you could get your own Router to take to work or embed in your robot to create your own Wi-Fi hot spot. You'd could be connect to your work's wifi from your laptop's wifi adapator and use the USB wifi dongle to connect to your wifi router and have the ezbs setup with static IP ports you have configured on your own router like the directions in the link SteveG provided.


I have one of these little TP-Link travel routers that I specifically got so I could travel with multiple robots. It is powered by 5v on a USB plug so you could either power it from your robot's battery with a voltage regulator or just from the PC USB connection.

I believe it can also be used just like a WiFi dongle too. Has many different modes but has been a while since I used it so I don't recall all the features.

You can often find it for <$25.

Range is obviously not great, but will work fine if you are in the same room as the robot(s).



Thanks @justinratliff I guess I will go back to my original put router in bot idea. Thanks @thetechguru nice little router, I have a bunch of old DLINK's etc kicking around so I will try them first but if I get stuck that looks like a compact low powered solution.

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Hi all! Just Joined the community and also purchased a JD Humanoid, but the tutorial doesn't match the battery that was shipped with the JD humanoid. I have connected the chest/battery to the charger and one light stays green and the other red (4 pin charge outlet). I charged over 3 hours and when I power on, no lights occur and connect to router is present.


Hi Jon,

I am not sure this belongs in this thread. You may want to start a new one.

It sounds like the battery is charged based on your description. Is it new or second hand. Take the cover off JD and make sure he is connected internally to the battery. Did you check the fuse? If you have a multimeter you can also check the battery for power.


Jon, I believe the terminology is misused in the post. You’re inquiring about the charger, not the batteries. The tutorial where you saw the charger that caused you to believe is different actually had information for your charger as well. You will have to scroll the webpage down to find old charger documentation. There will be a scroll bar on the right side of your browser window. By pointing the mouse cursor at the scroll bar and clicking, you will be able to scroll lower through the text. Find the version of your charger. Here a direct link: