The electronics of the OT-2R have been specifically designed to be connectable via Ethernet. This is possible due to the removal of the internal USB-to-Ethernet converter which is present in the OT-2 but not the OT-2R.

This means it is easier to connect your OT-2R to a router due to direct access to the Ethernet port.

Materials needed:

  • Router, ideally with a DHCP server (which most have)

    • Note: No specific routers are recommended because most should work.

  • Ethernet cable

1. Locate the Ethernet port on your OT-2R and plug in your Ethernet cable

2. Plug in the other end of the Ethernet cable to your router

Follow the instructions provided by your router for establishing a connection with your computer.

See below for a couple examples of how your network setup might be configured with the OT-2R connected.

Router only:

Router → server:

Troubleshooting

  • Ensure that you are able to meet the network requirements for the OT-2. Your company might have its own specific network requirements to be able to connect to your robot.

    • In this case, we recommend reaching out to your IT department as they might need to help you bypass a firewall or modify specific settings on your computer.

  • See our article on how to read the OT-2R status lights. These lights provide diagnostic feedback for troubleshooting.

  • You may or may not need to use a separate modem with your router because they might be part of the same physical device.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at support@opentrons.com or through our live chat!

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