Setting up a Devkit Device
When you receive a Mason Devkit, it typically includes a device that must be activated prior to use. This step is necessary before using the various tools that are part of the Mason platform. Below are details on the setup process.
Device Setup Walkthrough
Upon receiving a Mason device, follow these steps to activate it. Please note that the following are necessary to successfully complete activation:
- An account on the Mason Platform. Please contact Mason Solutions to create one if you do not already have one.
- A network connection for the device. This can be either WiFi or a cellular data connection (we recommend the latter).
SIM Card Setup
The device will prompt you with a
ready to begin device activation screen upon boot.
When you press the green arrow, the wizard will prompt you to setup a WiFi connection before proceeding.
Note that this step is not needed and no prompt will be shown if your device already has an active SIM with a cellular data connection.
Proceed to setup a WiFi connection. The WiFi setup wizard will enable the
NEXT button once a WiFi connection is successfully established.
NEXT to be brought to the Date and Time setup screen. Review the device time as well as the time zone and make sure they accurately reflect the time and time zone for your device.
Check your time and time zone
The default settings should be sufficient if you are on a cellular connection. However, over WiFi please note that the time zone information is sometimes not automatically obtained (depending upon your router settings). Notice in the image above that the time zone was set to GMT rather than Pacific Standard Time where the example device was located.
If this is the case, you can toggle
Automatic time zone OFF and tap
Select time zone to pick a suitable time zone such as
Pacific Standard Time ("Los Angeles GMT-08:00"). Once done, toggle
Automatic time zone back to ON to ensure the OS subsequently continues to check the time zone automatically. The animation below demonstrates how you can do that.
NEXT to be taken to the login page. Here, you may sign in using the credentials you used to create your Mason account (see
#1 above). Type in your Email and Password in the corresponding fields, and tap the green arrow to hide the on-screen keyboard, and tap
If you type in your credentials incorrectly, you should see the a red exclamation icon on the Password field; tap on it to see the error you received.
If you instead see a dialog warning you about connectivity errors, you can cancel it and retry your password. While your connectivity might have failed in the interim, it is much less likely to occur. This is a known issue that Mason Engineers will fix in the next release.
If you sign in successfully, you should see a dialog like this:
OK to dismiss this dialog, then
NEXT to continue at which point you will see a dialog showing progress messages ending with a success message. Please wait, as the dialog will be dismissed automatically.
Eventually (in approximately 10 to 15 seconds) you will see a welcome screen that displays
"Welcome to your dedicated device".
Tap on the green arrow to complete activation be taken to the default Android launcher screen.
At this point your device is activated and ready for use! You can now proceed to Creating a Mason Project to learn how to start the process of building your first project.