Connecting your OT-2 to Wi-Fi offers an improved experience!

  • You can run protocols wirelessly, from anywhere – as long as your computer is on the same network as the OT-2.
  • Our Support Team can diagnose and fix problems more easily.

Before connecting

Please read Networking Requirements for the OT-2 to ensure your networking environment is properly configured.

Ensure you are running the latest version of the Opentrons App and that your robot is fully up-to-date.

Only change the Wi-Fi network of your robot while connected via USB-to-Ethernet. Otherwise, you'll lose connection to your robot when it leaves to join the new network.

Connecting to a WPA2 Personal network

WPA2 Personal is a standard Wi-Fi network that requires a password. To connect to a WPA2 Personal network:

  1. Go to Connectivity > Wi-Fi.
  2. Select your network from the dropdown list.
  3. Enter the network's password.
  4. Click Join. Your OT-2 will attempt to join the network.

Connecting to a WPA2 Enterprise network

A WPA2 Enterprise network (also known as 802.1x and “eduroam”) is a Wi-Fi network with extra authentication mechanisms for extra security.

The credentials you'll need to provide depend on how the network has been set up. If you're unsure, ask your IT team.

To connect to a WPA2 Enterprise network:

  1. Go to Connectivity > Wi-Fi.
  2. Select your network from the dropdown list.
  3. Select the network's authentication method, as given to you by your IT team.
  4. Enter your credentials, as given to you by your IT team.
  5. Click Join. Your OT-2 will attempt to join to the network.

Connecting to a captive portal network

A captive portal network is the kind of guest network that you've probably seen before at airports, hotels, and public access points. The network looks like it won't require a password, but when you connect to it, you're shown a web page asking you to log in.

The OT-2 can't connect to captive portal networks. Ask your network administrator if there's a different network you can connect to, or just use USB.

Connecting to an open Wi-Fi network

You can connect your OT-2 to a Wi-Fi network without any security, but we don't recommend it. On an unsecured Wi-Fi network, anybody could control your robot. Seriously! 😱

If you're aware of the risk, but like to live on the edge:

  1. Go to Connectivity > Wi-Fi.
  2. Select your network from the dropdown list.
  3. Your OT-2 will attempt to join the selected network right away.

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