How to Setup a Particle Photon with Node.js

Here’s a quick post to show you how to get your Particle Photon setup with Node.js. I also have instructions for doing so with PuTTY here.

Put Photon in Listening Mode

1. Plug Photon into your computer’s USB port.

2. Is your Photon flashing blue? If so, move on to next step. If not, then hold down the Setup button until the LED flashes blue. If you can’t get it to flash blue then hit the Reset key and try again.

Create Particle Account

1. Create a new Particle Account here or use one that you already have.

Setup Node

1. Install Node.js. Make sure you include Node.js in your PATH during install.

2. Install the particle-cli Node.js package. Open a command prompt

npm install -g particle-cli

Connect Photon to WiFi Network

1. Enter the following command into the command prompt and enter your WiFi SSID and Password

particle setup wifi

If all goes well, you will see a message that looks like this:

If your Photon is not pulsing cyan (aka breathing cyan) then try this step over again.

Get Photon Id

1. Enter the following command into the command prompt

particle identify

That will print out your Photon’s unique id to the console.

You will need that later, so copy it over into Notepad.

Login to Particle

1. Enter the following command into the command prompt

particle login

It will prompt you to enter your Particle account email and password. Please do so.

Add Photon to your Particle Account

Your Photon must be breathing cyan before you attempt this step. If it isn’t, then follow the WiFi steps above.

1. Enter the following command into the command prompt

particle device add [your photon id from above]

If all goes well you will see a message like this:

Get Particle Access Token

You will need an access token to call any of the Particle APIs.

1. Execute the following command into the command prompt

particle token list

2. Enter your credentials and find the token that doesn’t have an expiration date:

3. Copy that access token to Notepad. You’ll need it later when you call the Particle APIs.

Next

That’s how you get your Photon setup with Windows using Node.js

From here, you can deploy your own app to your Photon or try building my “Skype for Business Status Light”

Make on!

Jon

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