roboRIO Network Troubleshooting

The roboRIO and FRC® tools use dynamic IP addresses (DHCP) for network connectivity. This article describes steps for troubleshooting networking connectivity between your PC and your roboRIO

Ping the roboRIO using mDNS

The first step to identifying roboRIO networking issues is to isolate if it is an application issue or a general network issue. To do this, click Start -> type cmd -> press Enter to open the command prompt. Type ping roboRIO-####-FRC.local where #### is your team number (with no leading zeroes) and press enter. If the ping succeeds, the issue is likely with the specific application, verify your team number configuration in the application, and check your firewall configuration.

Ping the roboRIO IP Address

If there is no response, try pinging 10.TE.AM.2 (TE.AM IP Notation) using the command prompt as described above. If this works, you have an issue resolving the mDNS address on your PC. The two most common causes are not having an mDNS resolver installed on the system and a DNS server on the network that is trying to resolve the .local address using regular DNS.

  • Verify that you have an mDNS resolver installed on your system. On Windows, this is typically fulfilled by the NI FRC Game Tools. For more information on mDNS resolvers, see the roboRIO Networking article.

  • Disconnect your computer from any other networks and make sure you have the OM5P-AN configured as an access point, using the FRC Radio Configuration Utility. Removing any other routers from the system will help verify that there is not a DNS server causing the issue.

Ping Fails

Windows 10+ image of the adapter setting

If pinging the IP address directly fails, you may have an issue with the network configuration of the PC. The PC should be configured to Automatic. To check this, click Start -> Settings -> Network & Internet. Depending on your network, select Wifi or Ethernet. Then click on your connected network. Scroll down to IP settings and click Edit and ensure the Automatic (DHCP) option is selected.

USB Connection Troubleshooting

If you are attempting to troubleshoot the USB connection, try pinging the roboRIO’s IP address. As long as there is only one roboRIO connected to the PC, it should be configured as 172.22.11.2. If this ping fails, make sure you have the roboRIO connected and powered, and that you have installed the NI FRC Game Tools. The game tools installs the roboRIO drivers needed for the USB connection.

If this ping succeeds, but the .local ping fails, it is likely that either the roboRIO hostname is configured incorrectly, or you are connected to a DNS server which is attempting to resolve the .local address.

Ethernet Connection

The IP address from the roboRIO webdashboard.

If you are troubleshooting an Ethernet connection, it may be helpful to first make sure that you can connect to the roboRIO using the USB connection. Using the USB connection, open the roboRIO webdashboard and verify that the roboRIO has an IP address on the ethernet interface. If you are tethering to the roboRIO directly this should be a self-assigned 169.*.*.* address, if you are connected to the OM5P-AN radio, it should be an address of the form 10.TE.AM.XX where TEAM is your four digit FRC team number. If the only IP address here is the USB address, verify the physical roboRIO ethernet connection.

Disabling Network Adapters

This is not always the same as turning the adapters off with a physical button or putting the PC into airplane mode. The following steps provide more detail on how to disable adapters.

Windows 10+ settings gear on the left hand side of the start menu.

Open the Settings application by clicking on the settings icon.

Clicking the "Network & Internet" category under Windows Settings.

Choose the Network & Internet category.

Choose "Change adapter options" in the bottom of the screen.

Click on Change adapter options.

Click "change adapter settings" in the bar on the left hand side.

On the left pane, click Change Adapter Settings.

Righ clicking on the adapter in question and choosing the first option "Disable".

For each adapter other than the one connected to the radio, right click on the adapter and select Disable from the menu.

Proxies

  • Proxies. Having a proxy enabled may cause issues with the roboRIO networking.