Connecting on Windows

We get it. You re a gamer. Or thing you don’t have time to debug Linux drivers or don’t have the money for a Mac.


We assume you’re running a modern version of Windows.


Download PuTTY from

Install PuTTY.

Connecting to your badge on Windows

Configure the PuTTY menu as follows:

  • Under Connection type, select Serial.
  • In the Serial line field, enter the COM# for your board, such as COM7.
    • Note: If you did not identify your COM# when setting up your board, navigate to the Device Manager and check for an entry called USB Serial Port
  • In the Speed field, type 115200
  • Click Open.

Using PuTTY

When you see a blank screen, press the Enter key twice. A welcoming prompt should be displayed.

Type in ? and get going in the awesome experience. Type in a and verify the symbols you see match the symbols you see on the badge. If you get question marks in blocks, weird symbols etc, your locale is not set right.

Last modified September 3, 2023: Add note about case and frontpanel (0dc8959)