To connect your printer to the BuildFlow app you must first configure your BuildFlow control box to access the internet. You can also use this process when changing networks or connection type (WiFi or Ethernet).
This process takes around 5 minutes to complete and you will need a valid Buildflow account, the network details and a fat32 USB drive.
Please note, the visuals in the video are different to what enterprise users will see, however the process is the same.
1. Log-in to BuildFlow
Navigate to https://buildflow.online, making sure you are signed in with your BuildFlow account details. Currently, the only account that can reconfigure a BuildFlow is the original account it was configured with. Keep this in mind when configuring for the first time.
2. Create the configuration File
For Individual Users
Click the "Configure printer" button in the top right corner of the screen. The "Configure Printer" button is the familiar "devices" icon in the centre of the top of the screen.
For Managers of a Site
Enter the Enterprise Tools, click the Printer icon on the left bar and then the + icon to add a new printer or reconfigure an existing printer.
|Home networks||Use your usual home network WiFi details, preferably WPA2-PSK.|
1) Create a unique user for utility WiFi access and set a long password expiry period
Use a known user’s regular login details (warning: BuildFlow servers will lose connectivity when user changes their password)
2) Use the ‘Enterprise WiFi’ option in the buildflow online config tool.
|Enterprise (provisioned WPA cert)||Currently BuildFlow does not support manual installation of enterprise wifi certificates and keys but we are working to add this option. Please submit a support request and we can assist you in configuring your BuildFlow servers.|
|Open Wifi||We strongly recommend you don’t use an open wifi network, however the option is still available in the config tool.|
Fill in your network details in the form provided and click the "Generate config file" button. Note: The WiFi name is case sensitive, any errors will cause the configuration process to fail.
*For DETNSW users
If you are using a DET WiFi login, the format to use for your WiFi username is different to how your DET email normally appears.
e.g. john.smith@detnsw instead of email@example.com
3. Save the buildflow configuration file to a USB drive
Click the "Download" button to save the conf file to your computer.
Move the config file to the root folder of a USB flash drive (not within any other folders). We recommend using a USB drive from a known manufacturer (e.g. Toshiba), formatted to FAT32, without any partitions.
4. Compete the configuration
Remove all cables from the BuildFlow control box (no power, no USB cable), insert the USB drive into the BuildFlow control box.
Turn on the power to the Buildflow control box with the USB drive inserted, do not connect the printer yet.
The control box will read the configuration file and erase it from the USB drive.
If the control box can successfully reach the internet, it will appear in your list of available printers printers in the BuildFlow web app under the select a printer page. It may take up to 4 minutes to complete the registration and you may need to refresh your browser for it to appear.
The control box that represents the printer will first appear as "DISCONNECTED", at this point you may safely remove the USB drive and insert the USB cable connected to the printer, the control box will then appear as "READY"