How to Connect to a BeagleBone

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This guide describes how to establish a network or a serial connection to a Beaglebone.

Mac
USB Cable
Serial cable

Windows
USB Cable
Serial cable

Mac, USB cable

1. Install the FTDI the serial driver directly from the FTDI website selecting the last version compatible with your OS.
2. Prepare to install the HoRNDIS network driver: shutdown your computer, hold   cmd+r  to boot your mac on recovery mode, open a terminal window from the menu bar under utilities > terminal type in csrutil disable Reboot the computer again. Start another terminal window and type mount -uw / (you may have to use sudo if the operation is denied).
3. Install the HoRNDIS network driver by downloading the last version on Joshua Wise website’s and running the installer.
4. Reboot your computer and follow step 2 again but this time enter csrutil enable you can finally reboot your computer one last time.
5. Attach a micro USB cable to the BBB from your laptop.

5. Verify that BEAGLEBONE is shown in Finder

6. Open a Terminal window and ssh to the Beaglebone.

Enter temppwd for the password.

ssh debian@192.168.7.2
debian@192.168.1.109's password:

8. Success looks like:

Debian GNU/Linux comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, to the extent
permitted by applicable law.
Last login: Thu Sep 24 14:43:16 2020 from 192.168.7.1
debian@beaglebone:~$

9. Enjoy!

Mac, serial cable

1. Download Serial 2

2. Connect a USB to TTL serial cable to your laptop and the Beaglebone.

Connect the Black wire to Pin 1, Green wire to Pin 4 and White wire to Pin 5 of the J1 header as shown below.

More coming soon.

Windows, USB cable

1. Install PuTTy

2. Attach a micro USB cable to the BBB from your laptop.

3. Confirm that the Beaglebone shows-up in File Explorer.

3. Start PuTTy. Configure as shown below. Click open.

4. Login as Debian

5. Enter temppwd for the password

6. Success looks like this:

7. Enjoy

Windows, serial cable

1. Install PuTTy

2. Connect a USB to TTL serial cable to your laptop and the Beaglebone.

Connect the Black wire to Pin 1, Green wire to Pin 4 and White wire to Pin 5 of the J1 header as shown below.

3. Start PuTTy. Configure as shown below. Click open. [Needs to change to serial screen.]

4. Login as Debian

5. Enter temppwd for the password

6. Success looks like this:

7. Enjoy