Note: This tutorial assumes that you have completed the previous tutorials: Post-Installation Setup.
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Workstation Installation

Description: Installing the software for your monitoring workstation pc.

Keywords: turtlebot installation

Tutorial Level: BEGINNER

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These instructions will guide you through installing sofwtare and configuring your PC to communicate with the turtlebot.


  • Able to install groovy - we recommend Ubuntu Precise or Quantal.

  • Able to run Ogre - this should be a machine which can run Ogre to be able to run the visualizations.

  • Full network connectivity with TurtleBot - it will need to be able to ping the turtlebot computer and vice versa.

Network Time Protocol

Clock synchronization is important for ROS. Chrony has been found to be the best ntp client over lossy wireless. In case of robot behaves strange when messages are sent from PC application(like rviz, rqt, or ros node running in PC), you need clock synchronization.

  1. Install Chrony
    • sudo apt-get install chrony
  2. manually sync NTP
    • sudo ntpdate

Installation Instructions

Follow the same instructions for the turtlebot debian install.

/!\ By default, the workstation software is configured for a kobuki base. If you are using a create base, make sure you configure your workstation appropriately for the create base.

What Next?

Wiki: turtlebot/Tutorials/groovy/Workstation Installation (last edited 2013-03-18 03:27:50 by DanielStonier)