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Please do not change the basic networking settings (several students and employees use the rovers). However, you can propose and implement better solutions in consultation with Denise.

Connect to dagobert

dagobert runs Ubuntu with ROS and provides an access point when started. Denise manages the accounts and connection details (SSID, fixed IP, personal username and password) -> contact for account creation.

Connect to dagobert’s SSID and ssh to the rover.

Setup ROS network

It is more convenient to run your developed nodes on your own notebook and just start the Pioneer driver on the rover (communicate with the rover directly via ROS). This way you don’t have to develop on the rover directly, i.e., you don’t need an internet connection, you don’t have to copy/pull code, the rover remains “clean”, etc.

For that to work you need to be able to ssh dagobert and ssh your-notebook vice versa (you will need openssh-server installed on your notebook).

See also ROS on multiple machines and ROS network setup.

Test ROS network

The pioneer_teleop package in the general-ros-modules repository includes a launch file to control the robot via your notebook (keyboard). It starts the p2os driver on the rover which controls the motors given velocity commands (ROS topic cmd_vel).

Clone the repository in your catkin workspace (typically, ~/catkin_ws/src/) and build it. Connect to the rover’s WLAN and execute the launch file on your notebook (this will run the ROS master, teleoperation and additional nodes on your notebook and only the driver on the robot):

$ roslaunch pioneer_teleop drive.launch \
  notebook:=your-notebook robot:=dagobert \
  robot-distro:=hydro robot-port:=/dev/ttyS0

For the tele-operation to work, the notebook has to know the messages from the rover, i.e., install ros-<distro>-p2os-msgs.

On 17.04 the following error occured: pycrypto not installed. This error vanished when I installed python-pip.