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Can't connect Velodyne VLP-16 to ROS on ubuntu.

asked 2016-10-19 06:39:28 -0500

Mortivor gravatar image

Hi. I tryed to connect VLP-16 to ros on Ubuntu. I have my ubuntu on virtual machine. Version of ros I use is "Indigo".

I built velodyne_driver from source and then was guided by this tutorial.

In tutorial there is this first steps:

Power the LIDAR via the included adapter Connect the LIDAR to an Ethernet port on your computer. Statically assign an IP to this port in the 192.168.3.x range.

sudo ifconfig eth0

Add a static route to the LIDAR's IP address. The IP address can be found on the CD case which was included with the LIDAR.

sudo route add 192.168.XX.YY eth0

And i can't realy understand what XX and YY should be? I don't have any CD included. And how could I know are my ip settings set correctly (look any data on my laptop recived by VLP-16)?

One person gave me an advise. It was:

As far as I know the standard address of the VLP-16 is So what I'd do is:

sudo ifconfig eth0 up

sudo ip addr add dev eth0

sudo route add -net netmask dev eth0

Afterwards you should have access to the vlps webinterface via your browser. Then run the vlp driver, and make sure the rpms set in driver and webinterface match.

I did all as he recommend. After that I tryed to enter in my browser or and it said that it "Unable to connect".

Maybe anyone else have any other suggestions. Thanks.

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I would suggest trying it without using a virtual machine. If that works, then it's clear where the problem lies.

joq gravatar image joq  ( 2016-10-19 14:58:53 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-10-19 23:11:32 -0500

asimay_y gravatar image

updated 2016-10-19 23:13:39 -0500

  1. you can try bridged mode for your virtual machine, or set : copy physical setting to virtual machine,
  2. after setting and connecting ok, disconnect your local network, and then re-active, leave your virtual alive. your local network setting sometimes will impact the vm setting. I'm sure it's your setting env problem, because I'm using well through vm.
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answered 2016-10-19 17:58:44 -0500

kmhallen gravatar image

If using VMware, make sure the Network Adapter type is set to 'Bridged'. I believe the default is 'NAT', which isolates the VM from the host network.

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answered 2017-03-22 17:33:45 -0500

Looking to purchase a Velodyne VLP 16 puck? Willing to pay a premium. Does anyone have any leads?

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