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how to capture data from Velodyne32, network setting?

asked 2014-01-14 01:59:24 -0500

marilia15 gravatar image

updated 2014-02-27 02:11:39 -0500

I'm using ubuntu 13.04 64b with ROS Groovy and I'm trying to use velodyne 32.

I've followed the tutorial [Getting Started with the Velodyne HDL-32E] and rviz is not showing the scenes.

  1. sudo ifconfig eth0 <-- IP for my PC
  2. sudo route add eth0 <-- velodyne IP
  3. roslaunch velodyne_pointcloud 32e_points.launch calibration:=/home/vic/32db.yaml
  4. rosrun rviz rviz -f velodyne > configure as the tutorial said.

Rviz shows a message: "no tf data. Actual error: Fixed frame [/velodyne] does not exist ".

tcpdump and wireshark has captured no package, so my network is not properly set.

What is wrong in my network configuration? Thanks in advance.

Updated: I fixed a wire inside Velodyne and now everything is fine . But I want to understand the network setting.

If I connect velodyne to my PC, with wireshark I detect ethernet packages from velodyne (.18.108) to broadcast (.3.255).

So, I do step 1 ( sudo ifconfig eth0 and my PC should "listen" these packages because it is now the receiver.

If I don't do step2, when I do step3 the /velodyne_points is an active topic (rostopic list) but with no data (rostopic echo /velodyne_points).

So, Why do I need step 2? (sudo route add eth0 ). What does? I think is to say "admit packages from this IP". But, is it not the default option? to admit these?

Thanks in advance.

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answered 2014-01-15 03:57:37 -0500

Vincent R gravatar image

updated 2014-01-16 02:40:40 -0500

It seems that the topic /velodyne_points is not published.

You can check at first that you received data from the velodyne with this command in a terminal :

sudo tcpdump -i eth0 port 2368

If no packet are received then your network connection is not set properly. In the velodyne documentation, it says that for "HDL-32E units, the destination IP address remains fixed at" So I just set my PC address to and the mask to

If it works, in a second time you can check that raw packets are published in ROS :

rostopic hz /velodyne_packets
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Thanks. I used your commands to check that no topic was published. A wire inside Velodyne was disconnected, I fixed and it's allright.

marilia15 gravatar image marilia15  ( 2014-02-16 22:03:46 -0500 )edit

answered 2014-01-15 22:49:19 -0500

marilia15 gravatar image

updated 2014-01-15 23:29:00 -0500

update my first post with my network configuration

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Our Velodyne has (after upgrade) address in network (btw there is now web interface). And please, don't add answers - update your original question or add comments. This is not discussion board :-)

ZdenekM gravatar image ZdenekM  ( 2014-01-15 23:03:14 -0500 )edit

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