Smart Radio (Catalog Description of Smart Radios)
The Smart Radio expands the potential of the VEX IQ Robot Brain and Controller by enabling wireless communication with smartphones, tablets and computers using Bluetooth ® 4.0+ connections. When combined with apps designed to utilize the Smart Radio, this allows for wireless programming of robots, interaction with robots using smartphones or tablets running Bluetooth ® 4.0 or higher, and other advanced features.
For information on installing, updating, and connecting the Smart Radio, see the Smart Radio User Guide. The VEX IQ Robot Brain and Controller firmware must be updated to VEXos Version 2.0.1 before using the Smart Radio.
Question 1: Can you wirelessly program robots with a smart radio by using RobotC without connecting the computer to the brain
with a USB cord?
Smart Radio User Guide
Press the X Button to return to the Settings menu and use the Up or Down Buttons to select Radio Data On. Turning Radio Data on will ensure the Robot Brain can communicate with other Bluetooth-enabled devices. If Radio Data is off, the Robot Brain will be able to communicate with the controller; but, it will be unable to communicate with other Bluetooth-enabled devices.
Question 2: “Bluetooth Off or On” (Is this the same setting as Radio Data on or off in settings menu on the brain?)
VEXos Version 2.0.1 (Current)
Released July 2016
> Improved Smart Radio security with feature “Settings > Bluetooth Off or On.” Only turn Bluetooth on if connecting to a Bluetooth enabled device This setting will only appear when a Smart Radio is inserted.
Smart Radio User Guide (Unique ID)
When prompted in your partner app or desktop computer program (?RobotC), type in the Unique ID number displayed on your Robot Brain. When a Bluetooth ® 4.0 or higher peripheral device has successfully connected to the Smart Radio enabled Robot Brain, the Smart Radio Status icon will change to connected.
Question 3: I got the Robot ID number from the brain. Why is there never a prompt from the desktop computer
running Graphical RobotC to type in the Brain ID number. I think this must have something to do with the art
of “pairing” Bluetooth devices like a laptop computer with the robot brain. This is just guess on my part.
In the RobotC help file we found a section called “Getting Started with the VEX IQ Smart Radio”
1. We updated the brain firmware. (Version 2.0.1 July 2016)
2. We set Window > Menu Level to “Super User”
3. We set Robot Platform Type to “Use VEX IQ Smart Radio Features”
4. We went to Robot > Download Firmware. We chose the file "Smart Radio File (VEX_IQ_SR_1050.bin) and downloaded it to
5. It says: once the firmware file has been download, your VEX IQ brain will be configured to use with the IQ Smart Radios.
The Icon on the brain still shows that the brain radio is on but nothing is connected to the brain.
We went to settings on the laptop computer and opened the Bluetooth settings. We turned Bluetooth on. Bluetooth searched for
a Bluetooth application and found none. I turned on the Bluetooth on my cell phone and the Bluetooth on the computer found
my cell phone. I paired my phone with the computer. The Bluetooth on the computer asked if the number my phone generated
was correct. I said yes and the computer paired with the phone. Then I turned on the VEX controller. The computer said VEX ready
to pair. I clicked pair. No message box came up to type a number in.
Question 5: So what do we do now? Thanks for any help. Dave Wallace