This article will explain how to add manage drivers in the Gateway Portal. This article assumes you have completed Gateway setup.
Why do I need to manage Drivers?
Drivers are small pieces of code included in your Tulip IoT Gateway that allow the Gateway to communicate with 3rd party devices such as barcode scanners, footpedals, cameras, and much more.
A driver needs to be "enabled" to allow the Gateway to communicate with a 3rd party device.
However, enabling all of the drivers on a Gateway will dramatically reduce the performance of the Gateway. So, it is necessary to configure your Gateway to only enable drivers for devices that you are currently using.
Configuring Drivers in the Gateway Portal
Open the Gateway Portal dashboard page and click on the "Configure drivers" button.
The Driver Configuration page looks like this:
This pages allows you to turn drivers on and off.
By default, the drivers for all Factory Kit devices are enabled.
If a device is highlighted in green, it is currently enabled and able to be used with the Gateway.
Some devices are more complex and require configuration, while other devices do not.
An example of a simple device is the
usb-footpedal, a USB device which only needs to be "enabled" to work on the Gateway. To turn the device on:
- Click on the "USB-Footpedal" option
- Click the "toggle" switch.
- Click "Save".
For a more complex device, refer to this guide on the generic serial driver.