Now that Node-RED is a core part of Raspbian Jessie has that changed things or are you going to provide an update?

NodeRED in Jessie is a great news for all since it will promote our favorite tool.

NodeRED in jessie as little to do with the Thingbox because it is targeted to Pi users (who knows how to SSH, how to npm install…) while the Thingbox is targeted to non programmers, eliminating all programming stuff.

The Thingbox provides NodeRED but also a lot of additional features (as MQTT server…) . In fact, The Thingbox is much more that “NodeRED on Pi”.

I have many raspberry-pis, is it possible to use thethingbox on every raspberry-pi ?

It's possible but you need to change the name. Each name is available for only one raspberry-pi. So choose a name for each raspberry-pi.

To change their name, use the settings page from the main menu.

What can I do if I lost my flow?

Sometime the flow is lost due to some fail somewhere.

There is a backup of your previous deploy automatically done by Node-RED.


There is a menu “Restore the flows” that brings the backup back that may solve the problem.

Is the hour updated?

The hour is updated at boot time and if the network is available. It is not updated on a regular basis after that.

Error: certificate is not yet valid

This indicates that the time is not well set. This can happen when booting without network.

How did you generate this beautiful documentation ?

We use Maven, with the reflow plugin http://andriusvelykis.github.io/reflow-maven-skin/

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