Getting started

If you've just downloaded your free trial of SwitchThat One beta, then this page has all the information you need to get started.

We'll take you through a simple step-by-step process, and you'll be up and running in no time!

When you've finished, you should also take a look at our extensive user guide for more detailed instructions for getting the most out of SwitchThat One.

Before you start

You'll need the following to get started:

  1. A Windows/Mac/Linux computer that can be used to write image files to SD cards
  2. A Raspberry Pi 2 or Pi 3, power supply and ethernet cable
  3. A Micro SD card (minimum 4GB, Class 6 or higher)
  4. A phone or tablet running either iOS or Android

Step 1. Write the SwitchThat One image to your SD card

If you haven't already done so, click on the 'Download SwitchThat One' link in the email you received. Your SwitchThat One image file will start downloading to your computer.

The image file is quite large (3GB) so be patient! Once the image file has downloaded you'll need to write it to your Micro SD card.

The image file will be called something like 1be743da-b5c9-4e8f-94b0-6c7e6de0c8ce.img

You'll need some kind of SD card writer for your computer. Modern laptops often have SD card reader/writer slots built in, but if not you can easily pick up a cheap USB SD card reader/writer for a few pounds.

The process of writing the SwitchThat One image to your SD card will depend on whether you are using a Windows, Linux or Mac computer. The following links will take you to the official Raspberry Pi instructions for writing images to SD cards on each system:

Step 2. Setup your SwitchThat One Hub

Once you've written the SwitchThat One image to a Micro SD card, you should insert the card into your Raspberry Pi.

Next, make sure your Raspberry Pi is connected to your local broadband network using an ethernet cable.

Raspberry Pi 3 users: SwitchThat One currently requires an ethernet cable, and won't work with the Pi 3's onboard wifi connection. We aim to fix this in a future update.

Finally connect your Raspberry Pi 3 to the power. Congratulations, your Raspberry Pi is now a SwitchThat One Hub!

Step 3. Download the SwitchThat App

Now that your SwitchThat One Hub is up and running, you'll need to install the SwitchThat App on your mobile phone or tablet.

You can find the SwitchThat App on the App Store (iOS devices) and Google Play (Android devices.) Search the appropriate store for 'switchthat', or tap one of the following links when viewing this page in your mobile device's browser


Step 4. Sign in to your One Hub

After starting the SwitchThat App, you'll be taken to the Hubs list. The SwitchThat App will search your local broadband network for your SwitchThat One Hub. Once your One Hub is found, it will appear in the Hubs list; tap it and you will be asked to sign in.

Your mobile device must be connected to your local boradband network via wifi for the App to find your One Hub.

You should use the standard 'owner' account to sign in for the first time. Enter the following name and password:

Name owner
Password owner

The User Guide has full details on using the iOS and Android apps

You should change the password for the owner account as soon as possible. You can also create other accounts for your family or friends. See the user guide for details

After signing in you'll be taken through a small number of steps required to complete the setup of your SwitchTat One Hub.

First of all you'll be asked to register your copy of SwitchThat One. This process simply pairs SwitchThat One to the Raspberry Pi hardware it's running on. After registering you'll be shown a welcome screen. Tap 'Continue' and, finally, you'll be asked to agree to the SwitchThat EULA.

Once you've completed these steps you'll be taken to the Home screen.

Step 5. The Home Screen

The Home screen is the centre of your SwitchThat world. It’s always accessible by simply tapping the logo at the top left of every screen.

How your Home screen looks will depend on whether you're accessing your One Hub from a small (phone) or large (tablet) screen.

Since it was first powered on, your SwitchThat One Hub has been searching your network for devices. It may have already discovered some, or all, of your devices and these will now be visible on the Home screen.

Not all of your deices can be automatically discovered; some need a bit of extra configuration before they can be used with SwitchThat One. See the Support Devices section of the user guide for full details.

Your devices are displayed as tiles. A device tile shows you the name and manufacturer of the device, as well as an image illustrating what it is e.g. a light, music player, power socket, etc. The right hand side of the tile will usually show you a summary of the status of the device and may also have a switch you can tap to turn the device on or off.

Tapping on the name of a device will take you to a dedicated control screen for that device.

Controlling your device with SwitchThat One

Take a look at the user guide has full details using the SwitchThat One Home screen.

Further reading

That should be enough to get you started! We recommend you take a look at the user guide for more more detailed guides to getting the most out of your smart home with SwitchThat One:

Organising your devices with Rooms and Shortcuts

Automating your home by using Interactions to get your devices working together

Full details of all supported devices

If you have any problems then please send us an email and we'll be happy to help!