HARDWARIO Playground is free Windows, macOS and Linux software that enables you to:
Flash firmware to Core Module
Manage wireless network with Radio Dongle and nodes
Create programs with visual programming in the Node-RED
Visualize measured values and control nodes with Dashboard
Download HARDWARIO Playground¶
Use HARDWARIO Playground download page which always have the links of the latest version.
Builds are also in github releases.
If you like video tutorials, you can watch quick guide to the HARDWARIO Playground in 5 videos. They explain flashing, pairing, Dashboard and Node-RED
On this tab you connect to the Radio Dongle. Choose the Radio Dongle (
bc-usb-dongle) from the list and click Connect
After connecting to the Radio Dongle you could see all the paired wireless nodes.
The node alias is later used in MQTT message topic (
so change it only when you know what are you doing.
Pairing new modules:
Disconnect power from the wireless node (remove batteries or Battery Module, disconnect the USB cable, remove DC jack from Power Module)
Click on the Start pairing button
Apply power to the wireless module
Repeat with all the modules you want to pair
Here you can display gauges, graphs, buttons and other widgets. See the Projects how to use Dashboard.
Here you can see all the messages from wireless nodes. You can copy the topics to clipboard and use them in Node-RED in the
This tab allows you to flash pre-compiled firmware for all HARDWARIO projects from out GitHub. List of firmware is downloaded automatically. Choose the firmware or start typing to find project you like to try. You can also flash binary or HEX file from your computer.
Always make sure you are flashing the right Device, usually
If you would like to update Radio Dongle, disconnect it first in the Devices tab.
Cannot find the Radio Dongle or Core Module in the device list