How to connect your computer to your Fusion Robot FP3

The first time you connect your computer to your Fusion Robot, you may be required to provide a security key. This security key will be supplied by Modern Robotics Inc. as part of your Fusion kit. At the time of writing (October 2018), this key is mrifusion. It can be seen inside the lid of the Fusion System Controller Box that comes with your Fusion kit.

Location of Fusion Controller WiFi Access Point Key
Location of Fusion Controller WiFi Access Point Key

The video below shows how to use Fusion’s inbuilt Wi-Fi to link a Fusion Robot to a computer. In this example, the computer is a Windows 10 PC.

Modern Robotics also have information about connecting your computer to your Fusion Robot via Macintosh, via Linux, via iOS and via Android. You may need the SSID of your Fusion Robot, which can be found here.

Fusion Robot SSID used to connect Fusion Robot to iOS and Android computers.
Fusion Robot SSID used to connect Fusion Robot to iOS and Android computers.

One of the unique things about a Fusion robot is that, as well as acting as a robot, it also acts as a server with an inbuilt Wi-Fi link. Laptops, desktop PCs, tablets or smart phones can connect to the Fusion robot using this Wi-Fi link. It is almost as if the Fusion robot is its own Wi-Fi hotspot, except that the Wi-Fi connection is not to the Internet, it is just to the Fusion robot itself. In normal operation, neither the Fusion robot nor the computer need be connected to the Internet, (but can be if the student really desires this to be the case).

This ability to be able to operate without a connection to the Internet can be a major advantage when the Internet connection is a problem, either because of slow Internet speed or because the Internet is simply not available in the student workplace. It can also be an advantage when a school is concerned that the student may have contact with some of the less desirable content on the Internet, and therefore has banned connections between student computers in the school, and the Internet. In both these circumstances, the Fusion robot can be used and programmed independent of any Internet access.

Next go to the next tutorial to find out how to set up Administrator and User accounts for use with your Fusion Robot.