BigClown Playground is free Windows, macOS and Linux software that enables you to:
Flash firmware to Core Module
Manage wireless network with Radio Dongle and nodes
Create programs with visual programming in the Node-RED
Visualize measured values and control nodes with Dashboard
If you like videotutorials, you can watch quick guide to the BigClown Playground in 5 videos. They explain flashing, pairing, Dasboard, Node-RED and Blynk phone integration.
Home will display Quick Start tutorial webpage.
On this tab you connect to the Radio Dongle. Choose the Radio Dongle (
bc-usb-dongle) from the list and click Connect
Please see the Troubleshooting section if you cannot see connected Radio Dongle.
After connecting to the Radio Dongle you could see all the paired wireless nodes. The node alias is later used in MQTT message topic (
node/climate-monitor:0/..), so change it only when you know what are you doing.
Disconnect power from the wireless node (remove batteries or Battery Module, disconnect USB cable, remove DC jack from Power Module)
Click on the Start pairing button
Apply power to the wireless module
Click Stop pairing when you pair all the modules
Here you can display gauges, graphs, buttons and other widgets. See the Projects how to use Dasboard.
Here you can see all the messages from wireless nodes. You can copy the topics to clipboard and use them in Node-RED in the
This tab allows you to flash pre-compiled firmwares for all BigClown projects from out GitHub. List of firmwares is downloaded automatically. Choose the firmware or start typing to find project you like to try. You can also flash binary or HEX file from your computer.
Always make sure you are flashing the right Device, usually
bc-core-module. If you would like to update Radio Dongle, disconnect it first in the Devices tab.
Cannot find the Radio Dongle or Core Module in the device list