Root & Mote

Robox Mote is our custom designed controller for Root. Using a 5” touch screen connected directly to Root, you can see the status of any connected machines and also control them directly.

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Robox Root is a connectivity extension platform for all Robox printers.

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Root Software Download. Zipped image (.img) file, 3.2GB Download, unzips to 16GB.

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Remote access with WiFi

Robox Root is a connectivity extension platform for all Robox printers which provides remote network access including WiFi. Order Root­™.


Touchscreen & Networking

Robox Mote is our custom designed controller for Root. Using a 5” touch screen connected directly to Root, you can see the status of any connected machines and also control them directly. The case for Mote also houses the Root hardware which is included. Order Mote™.

Root package content:

  1. 5m LAN cable.
  2. EU mains adaptor for power supply.
  3. Power supply with UK mains adaptor fitted. 5V 2.5A.
  4. Root.
    Root case, plug surround and cap, containing Raspberry Pi3 Model B with 16GB microSD card fitted.

Root connections:

  1. 4x USB 2.0 connections.
  2. 10/100 LAN port.
  3. 3.5mm analogue audio-video jack
  4. Full size HDMI connection for Pi.
  5. Micro USB Power connector. 5 Volt 2.5 Amp.
  6. microSD card slot (inside case, can break away cover or open case).

Mote package content:

  1. 5m LAN cable.
  2. EU mains adaptor for power supply.
  3. Power supply with UK mains adaptor fitted. 5V 2.5A.
  4. Mote Desktop stand.
  5. Mote. Includes:
    Mote case, upper and lower, containing 5 inch touchscreen display and Raspberry Pi3 Model B with 16GB microSD card fitted.

Mote connections:

  1. Micro USB Power connector. 5 Volt 2.5 Amp.
  2. Full size HDMI connection for Pi (lower) and Screen (upper). Please note that the white cover shown is not included as it makes the connection more difficult.
  3. 10/100 LAN port.
  4. 4x USB 2.0 connections.
  5. microSD card slot (accessible on rear).

Required items which are not included:

  1. A computer which can run AutoMaker 3.00.00 or higher.
  2. A Robox.
  3. A network which will allow connection between the Root or Mote device and your computer usually via access to a spare LAN port on or connected to the router.
  4. For Wifi setup, the WiFi password and SSID. 2.4ghz WiFi only, not 5.0. In some networks setups: Access to the router page which shows connected IP address or access to a HDMI capable TV and cable to view the IP address which the Pi is using for Wifi.

Downloadable .stl files for cases:

Each case requires 2 screws, we used socket cap screws with 3.8mm diameter 2mm depth heads with a thread diameter of 2mm and a thread length of at least 6mm. A longer thread is OK as there is space behind the screw boss. The mote case also has spaces on the bottom for stick on rubber feet, we used 6mm diameter dome shaped self adhesive pads.

Root case for Raspberry Pi. Designed for Pi3 but works with Pi2 as well.

Mote case including 2 versions of the stand and a switch for the screen backlight.

Getting started:

Some steps are for Mote Only as marked. Root is integral to Mote so many parts are the same. If you have Root only then some steps are more complicated due to the lack of a direct interface to the Root web server. To see this interface a network connection is required or you can connect a screen to the HDMI port on the Root.

  1. Install AutoMaker updates on the computer you will be using to control Robox. Minimum requirement to discover Root or Mote is AutoMaker Version 3.00.00.
  2. Plug your Robox in and connect your computer to it directly via USB as you normally would. Allow any firmware updates to complete as requested. Do not power off until firmware is updated and the machine is displayed in AutoMaker and ready to use again. If you cannot connect to Robox or there are any errors please report these via the support portal
  3. Once the software and firmware are updated and ready you can power off and disconnect your Robox. Keep the computer on with AutoMaker running.
  4. Unpack all the parts, check everything is present and report immediately if something is missing.
  5. Gently press the microSD card to ensure it is still seated in the rear of the case following shipping.
  6. Mote Only Assemble the Desktop stand onto the rear of the Mote case. The cables can pass through the loop on the stand to keep them tidy.
  7. Connect a LAN cable to the router which serves the same network as your computer.  Connect the other end of this cable to the LAN port on Mote or Root.
  8. Root only If you are using a HDMI screen to view the IP address of Root then you must connect the HDMI before the power to ensure the Pi starts the HDMI devices.
  9. Connect a Robox to the Mote or Root via the USB cable. Turn the Robox power on.
  10. Fit the appropriate mains connection to the power supply or provide a micro USB power supply with 5 Volts @ 2.5 Amps. Connect this to the Micro USB Power connector on the side of Mote or Root and turn the power on.
  11. When power is provided the Pi will boot and load Root software automatically, this takes around 30 seconds. Mote Only If the screen remains blank please check the HDMI connector is pressed in and power is connected correctly and able to provide correct voltage and amps. Contact support if you can’t get the screen to work. You may still be able to use the Root services without the screen so continue to follow the steps below.
  12. In AutoMaker go to the upper right cog icon (Preferences) and click it.
  13. New for AutoMaker V3 in the Preferences menu is “Root™”, click this to view Root™ devices visible to AutoMaker.
  14. The Root preferences screen will automatically find Root instances on the same network.
    Note: If your router does not allow the Root to be discovered you will need to find the IP address via the router admin page. Typically this is “Connected devices” or “IP list”. If you have the IP you can add it manually using the input below the list window.
  15. In the screenshot below there are currently 2 active Root devices. You will only see one unless you have more Root devices on the network. It will automatically refresh every few seconds so give it 15 seconds or so to boot and assign an IP address before checking connections.
  16. The display will initially show the default settings of Root. Columns are Name, IP address, Version, Connection Icon (2 plugs) and finally a PIN entry box and a Connect button.
    Note: Typically a home network is closed to outside connections by default. A user would change these settings in the Router administration pages if you wanted to view or allow access local devices from outside the local network. CEL will not provide advice on removing or altering network security and does not recommend this is done by anyone who cannot reduce the risks of doing so. The PIN is not intended as a security feature, only as a device to prevent accidental operation. Network security is not provided or implied.
  17. Enter the default PIN 1111 and press Connect.
  18. If connection is successful the Connection Icon will change from 2 plugs to a single connected plug and the 2 buttons will replace the connect button, “Disconnect” which has obvious usage and “Launch Root Manager”, described below.
  19. At this stage your Robox is connected via USB to Root and Root is connected via the LAN cable and your network to AutoMaker. If you press the back key you will be able to control your Robox via the regular interface, you can skip to the final step.
    If you have multiple Robox units you can connect these to Root and select them in the top left corner of AutoMaker as normal, there is a small change to Robox icons connected via Root. You can mix direct USB connections and Root connections with the same instance of AutoMaker and see the difference in the icons. Choosing a different colour for each Robox helps with control. Just double click the Robox icon in the top left corner and enter any name you want, pick a colour and press OK.
  20. Home Page.

    With Root connected as described above click “Launch Root Manager” in AutoMaker>Preferences>Root. Your default web browser will open and load the web page running on Root by opening the IP specified.

  21. The page will appear something like the image below depending on screen size. It is responsive and can be viewed on a Smartphone or similar device on the same network. Any Robox connected to this Root and powered on will be visible on the home page. There are 2 buttons at the bottom of the screen which allow access back to this home page or to an admin page.

  22. Status Page.

    On the Home page of the Root Manager, click on the entry for your Robox. If you have named your Robox or changed the colour then the Name and Colour will appear as set. Different colours are useful when you have several Robox units, up to 9 Robox can be accomodated within the software. As there are only 4 USB ports on the Pi3 to connect more than 4 devices will require the addition of a USB hub.

  23. The following status page is displayed, this will vary depending on the status of your Robox. If any material is loaded there will be an Eject icon visible, this will eject at default temperatures. If a print is active then you will be able to Pause/Resume or Cancel.
  24. The icons shown when the printer is idle are:
    Gcode Entry. For advanced users and only at their own risk or under instruction from Robox support.
    Motor controls for moving head, bed and filament. Also controls to Home the head and open/close or switch nozzles.
    Rename your Robox or change the colour of the display icon and internal light.
    Reprint. This will show a list of previous prints sent via Root which are compatible with the current head and materials loaded. Not all previous jobs will be shown, only those which can be achieved using the current configuration. For SmartReel use only.
    Purge using settings from SmartReel.
    Remove head. This will eject any filament and move the head to a set position. Also useful when fitting the transit clip.
  25. Return to AutoMaker on your computer to try a print or continue to Wifi Setup.

  26. Wifi Setup.

    Press “Launch Root Manager” to open your default web browser and attempt a connection to the IP address which has been assigned to your Root. This IP address is often or similar. The IP address is assigned by your Router and will be visible in the Router Administration pages, the xxx part is unique for each device.
    Note: The IP address assigned to the LAN cable connection by your router will be different to the one assigned to the new Wifi connection as they are different devices on the Pi.

  27. Click on the cog like button to enter the admin page.
  28. Leave the PIN as default for now, it will only be accessible to other users of your local network unless you have allowed outside access. If you have multiple Root devices or do not want to allow other users on the same network to access this Root then you can change it. We recommend leaving this as the default of 1111. If you forget your PIN just click the “Forgot PIN” button and follow the instructions.
  29. Lower down the screen you can see the Wifi enabled switch, SSID and Password fields. To enable Wifi you can add the details of the same network your computer is on and press the button “Update Wifi Settings.” Once the Wifi is connected a green “Tick” will appear. Please note that Pi3 supports 2.4ghz WiFi, not 5.0.
  30. Press the Home button to return to the Home page of Root.

  31. Connect via a Smartphone or other device.

    Once Root is active and has been assigned an IP address it is visible to any other device which is allowed access to the same network. Check the IP address shown in the AutoMaker Preferences page>Root™ and enter this IP into a web browser on your Smartphone. Add the port # :8080 at the end of the IP.
    Eg if AutoMaker shows an IP address of then you should enter
    When the page is loaded you will have the same control on your device as that shown on Mote.

  32. If you have connected everything correctly you should now be able to access Root and any Robox which is connected from anywhere on your network. Typical workflow is unchanged:
    a) Using your computer, load and orient a model in AutoMaker as normal.
    b) Check that the correct Robox is selected.
    c) Load materials and choose settings.
    d) Press Make.



Onscreen keyboard wont go away/can’t close. Click on the screen in a blank space away from the keyboard.

Screen display glitches/black. Ensure the HDMI connector is seated correctly, in some cases because of alignment of connectors to PCB and to the case the connector may appear to be at a slight angle, if the colours are wrong or the resolution appears low then try skewing the connected a tiny bit, it may line up with the contacts better.

Fat fingers. If you are having trouble using the touch screen try the supplied pointer or any other non marking small blunt object. You can also plug a mouse into any USB port to control the Root.

See Root errors below for more help, Root is a core part of Mote.


I don’t have a network plug or access to anything except wifi. It is possible to set up Root using only Wifi but a network cable and access to LAN ports of the Router simplifies setup.

AutoMaker Root preferences screen is not showing my Root. If you have access to the admin page of your router, check that the Root is visible as connected and has been assigned an IP, it may appear as “Raspberry Pi” in the list. Copy the IP address into the Manual Root Control box and press “Add Root”. It should appear in the list now and have normal control. Typically this will only happen with  Wifi connection and will only effect some router or network setups.
If you do not have access to the router IP list then you will need to get the IP via a HDMI connection, ie using Mote or any other HDMI device which can show the video output of the Raspberry Pi such as a television.

Unresponsive or Curser displays as a hand icon, never a mouse pointer. Restart by disconnecting power for a few seconds then reconnecting.

Root wont boot or screen is black. There are some lights on the end opposite the USB ports which indicate power and activity. You may need to look into the holes in the case to see these.
When connecting a HDMI cable the power supply for the Pi needs to be off. Connect the HDMI first, then the power. For some reason doing it any other way prevents the screen from activating.
Another possible reason for no boot is a missing, badly connected or unreadable microSD card.
These are the files visible in Windows if you read the microSD card, there may be more files/folders after you have started to use Root.

SSH access to pi. You could use putty or a similar program to access the pi hardware using the following details:

Username: pi

Password: CELRoot

More help?

Raspberry Pi is very widely used in a huge range of applications, Root runs Raspian which boots and then loads Root web server in a web browser, on Mote this is visible on the screen or can be viewed on any screen connected to the HDMI output of the Pi or a web browser directed to the IP of the Root as determined by the Router it is connected to. You can plug a mouse and keyboard into Root, if you want to stop it from booting to Root or to access Raspian then you will need a keyboard or SSH access.

CTRL+ALT+t will open a new terminal window

Use commands such as the following, there are many more options:

sudo shutdown

sudo reboot

CTRL+ALT+F1 will open the console giving access to the Pi OS.

If you have purchased a Root or Mote from us you can use our support portal for additional help.

If you want to chat about this or see something missing or incorrect on this page please notify us via the forum topic here. Root forum topic.