How to use Miniterm

Calling ‘vanguard shell’ from the vanguard tools launches miniterm which shows the connection details and some available commands…

— Miniterm on /dev/ttyUSB0 115200,8,N,1 —
— Quit: Ctrl+] | Menu: Ctrl+T | Help: Ctrl+T followed by Ctrl+H —

First check that the python shell is responsive by pressing CTRL+C. This should stop any scripts running on the Vanguard board and return us to the >>> python prompt which invites us to type python commands.

Prove that we can run python by typing 4+4 and pressing Enter. This should print out the answer 8, and return us to the python prompt again.

>>> 4+4

Pressing the up and down keys in the terminal allows us to go back to a previous command in our history without having to re-type it. As per the startup message, CTRL+] will close miniterm (Ctrl key and right square bracket key simultaneously).

If you have your Vanguard board attached to a Rainbow display, you should be able to follow the Vanguard Rainbow programming examples.