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Safety Warnings

  1. Do not get BUGbase or BUGmodules wet.
  2. To avoid electrical shock use caution when handling battery.
  3. Use caution when hacking hardware, do not open BUGbase or BUGmodules when unit is plugged in.
  4. Keep the BUGbase and BUGmodules away from extreme temperatures and humidity conditions.
  5. A clean BUG is a reliable BUG.

Quick Ref Guide

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Boot up BUG

Insert A/C power adapter into BUGbase.
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Slide the switch over on the back of BUGbase and let go. This will power your BUG on.
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The BUG will take approximately 2-3 minutes to boot.

You will see a loading bar moving across the BUGbase LCD while it boots:
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The BUGbase LCD screen will either be blank when it finishes the boot process or have a clock.
If your BUG didn't boot like this, click here: [1]

Connecting Modules

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Caution: In order to avoid damage to connectors, always use the "Hook and Snap" method to connect BUGmodules to your BUGbase.
If you would like to see a demonstration of this method, view this video: connecting BUGmodules.

Connect BUGview in slot 0.
The BUGview icon will appear on the BUGbase LCD when it is attached:
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The calibration screen will appear on BUGview:
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Touch the middle of all five crosshairs which will appear one at a time. This will calibrate BUGview.
If you're not happy with the calibration, follow these instructions to reset it: reset calibration

The GUI will load, and your screen will look like this:
Image: Gui_for_R1.4.3.jpg
If BUGview doesn't look like this, click here. [2]
You will notice an app called BUGdash on your home screen. We will talk about BUGdash in the Connecting To BUGdash Section

Connect your BUG via WiFi

Touch the networking icon on the middle right of the screen to connect to a wifi network:
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The WiFi connection screen will prompt you to chose a network.

Select a network:
Image: Wifi_access_points.png

If your network is protected, you'll have to enter the passphrase
Check the box that says: show input
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To call the keyboard on your screen, you will have to touch the cursor in the empty passphrase window.
Type your passphrase:
Image: Show_passcode.png

The networking icon will change to green dots while it connects:
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Once your BUG is connected the networking icon will show some blue bars:
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Yay! You're connected. Now let's get your IP address.

Note:If you prefer to connect to Ethernet via USB, follow these instructions: [3], however this is not the recommended way.

How do I find my IP address?

  1. Your IP address on your WiFi network can be found in the menu on the BUGbase LCD. Push the joystick button to the Right once.
  2. Select Settings > About > IPAddress > eth1.
Settings - About - IPAddress - eth1 -

Next: Connect To BUGdash

Once you know your IP address, you can use BUGdash:


More Connection Options

To Ping BUG, use the SDK, ssh into BUG, or use web services, view the pages below:

Powering Down the BUGbase

  1. You use the BUGbase LCD menu to power down your BUG. Push the joystick button to the Right once.
  2. Select Settings > Shutdown.
Settings - About 
         - BUGdash [ON]
         - Backlight 
         - Calibrate LCD 
         - Shutdown

Bug Labs Limited Warranty

We at Bug Labs want and expect you to have a terrific experience with your BUG. If for some reason that is not the case we’ll be happy to work with you in the hopes of making that happen. We do however need to present our policy as put forth by our attorneys.

Limited Warranty

Your new Bug Labs, Inc. product (the “Product”) is warranted by Bug Labs, Inc. (“Bug Labs”) to be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of one year from the date of purchase (the “Warranty Period”). Bug Labs, at its option, will either repair or replace the Product, or refund the purchase price of the Product, in each case only if the Product is properly returned to Bug Labs during the Warranty Period in accordance with the Bug Labs Return Policy and the Product is found to be defective. If choosing to replace the Product, Bug Labs may furnish a refurbished unit or a unit that would not be sold as “new” merchandise.

What is Not Covered


This Limited Warranty is valid only for the original consumer with proof of purchase from an authorized retail vendor of the Product, or a recipient of gift from the original consumer with a copy of a gift receipt from an authorized retail vendor. The Limited Warranty is not transferable. No Limited Warranty service is available without proof of purchase. The Limited Warranty does not apply to any non-Bug Labs hardware product, any consumables (such as batteries), or any documentation or software code, even if installed on, or packaged or sold with, the Bug Labs hardware.

No Bug Labs reseller, agent, or employee is authorized to make any modification, extension, or addition to this Limited Warranty. If any term is held to be illegal or unenforceable, the legality or enforceability of the remaining terms shall not be affected or impaired.

How to Obtain Limited Warranty Service

If you believe you need Limited Warranty service for your Product, please email us at, call us at 1-866-9BUGLAB (1-866-928-4522) between the hours of 9am-5pm, M-F, EST, or write to us at Bug Labs, 598 Broadway, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10012, Attn: Warranty Service. Our Customer Service Team will gladly assist you to identify and fix the problems you have experienced. If, despite this effort, you and Bug Labs cannot together resolve the problem, Bug Labs will issue you a Return Material Authorization. Please return your Product to the address your Customer Service Specialist will provide you and include your Return Material Authorization with your package and refer to it in any subsequent communications. If Bug Labs determines that your Product has suffered a failure under the Limited Warranty, a repaired or replaced unit will be sent to you without cost. If your Product is found to be outside the Warranty Period or is otherwise not covered under the Limited Warranty, Bug Labs will return it to you at your expense.

PLEASE DO NOT RETURN YOUR PRODUCT WITHOUT A RETURN MATERIAL AUTHORIZATION as it will not be accepted and will be returned to you at your expense. Bug Labs will not, under any circumstance, furnish you a repaired or replaced Product prior to its receipt of your original product. The retail vendor from whom your Product was purchased does not have any authority to vary the terms of this Limited Warranty.


UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL BUG LABS BE LIABLE FOR INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES WHETHER OR NOT THE PRODUCT IS FOUND TO BE COVERED BY THIS LIMITED WARRANTY. This Limited Warranty gives you specific rights, and you may also have other rights that vary from state to state. In the event of a defect, to the extent permitted by law, these are your sole and exclusive remedies.

This Limited Warranty shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York without giving effect to any conflict of laws principles that may provide the application of the law of another jurisdiction. Any claim or dispute in connection with this Limited Warranty shall be resolved in a cost effective manner through binding non-appearance-based arbitration. The arbitration shall be initiated through an established alternative dispute resolution provider mutually agreed upon by the parties. The alternative dispute resolution provider and the parties must comply with the following rules: (a) the arbitration shall be conducted by telephone, online and/or be solely based on written submissions, the specific manner shall be chosen by the party initiating the arbitration; (b) the arbitration shall not involve any personal appearance by the parties or witnesses unless otherwise mutually agreed by the parties; and (c) any judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction. If the foregoing arbitration clause does not apply for any reason, you agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the state courts located within New York, NY and the federal courts in the Southern District of New York for the purpose of litigating all such claims or disputes, which courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction of such claims or disputes. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Bug Labs may seek injunctive or other equitable relief to protect its intellectual property rights in any court of competent jurisdiction.

Bug Labs Return Policy

At Bug Labs, our goal is for you to have a great BUG experience, and to help you resolve any issues you may have with your BUGbase or BUGmodules. If our Customer Service team is unable to come up with a solution to your problems such that you need to return your products, please read below for our return procedures and policies. If you are not satisfied with your Bug Labs, Inc. product (the “Product”), Bug Labs allows you to return the Product, if it was purchased by you directly from Bug Labs and you obtain a Bug Labs return material authorization (“RMA”) during the thirty (30) day period following the date Bug Labs shipped the product to you. If you return the Product unused, undamaged, in its original condition, in the original packaging, and in accordance with this policy, we will exchange it or offer a refund of the purchase price paid. Any refund will be made by crediting the account used to make the original purchase.

To begin the process of exchanging an item or obtaining a refund, please send an email to You can also call us at 1-866-9BUGLAB (1-866-928-4522) between the hours of 9am-5pm, M-F, EST. You are responsible for any shipping charges. Shipping and handling charges are not refundable. We will also assess a (U.S) $25.00 open box fee on any opened Product, and we may also assess damage and missing part restocking fees.

Failure to follow the above procedures or otherwise in accordance with this policy, Bug Labs may either refuse delivery of such return or charge you a restocking fee. The time to credit your account may vary, depending on processing time. Please allow a minimum of four (4) weeks for Bug Labs to credit the account used to make the original purchase.

FCC Statements

Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.

This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: 1. This device may not cause harmful interference, and 2. This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

  • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
  • Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
  • Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
  • Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/ TV technician for help.

This equipment complies with the FCC RF radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled environment. This equipment should be installed and operated with a minimum distance of 20 centimeters between the radiator and your body.

This transmitter must not be co-located except with BugBee modules.

The antennas used for this transmitter must be installed to provide a separation distance of at least 20cm from all persons and must not be located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.

- The combined output power is less than the FCC limit that requires hand-SAR evaluation - Complies with the Maximum Permissible Exposure limit

Updated: Feb 2010