Install the Arduino IDE and LinkIt ONE SDK

Now you can install the Arduino IDE, the USB COM port driver for the LinkIt ONE development board and the LinkIt ONE SDK.

Quick steps:

Next: Update Your Board’s Firmware.

Step-by-step

Step 1 — Install Arduino IDE

 If you’ve already installed Arduino IDE 1.6.6 for Microsoft Windows OS, you can skip this step. If you don’t have Arduino installed, install the Arduino IDE by running the installer you downloaded and following the installer instructions.

Step 2 — Disable automatic driver installation on Windows OS

The automatic download and installation of device drivers can prevent proper installation of the LinkIt ONE USB COM port driver on Windows 7, 8 and 10 machines. If you’ve already disabled the automatic installation of device drivers, you can skip this step, otherwise:

  1. Open Control Panel and search for and open Change device installation settings.
  2. In Device Installation Settings select No, let me choose what to do, then click Never install driver software from Windows Update, as shown below.
    1. On Windows 7: 

      Change the driver update settings on Windows 7

    2. On Windows 8 and 10:

      Change the driver update settings on Windows 8 and 10


      Also make sure to uncheck  Automatically get the device application and information provided by your device manufacturer .
  3. Click  Save Changes

You can now install the LinkIt ONE USB Driver.

Step 3 — Install the USB COM port driver for the LinkIt ONE development board

If you've already installed Arduino IDE 1.6.x for Microsoft Windows OS, you can skip this step. If you don't have Arduino installed:

  1. Extract the content of the USB COM port driver zip file you downloaded.
  2. Run the installer InstallMTKUSBCOMPortDriver.exe and follow the instructions.

You now have the USB COM port driver installed for the LinkIt ONE development board.

Step 4 — Install LinkIt ONE SDK (for Arduino) for Windows OS 

 Now install the LinkIt ONE SDK (for Arduino) on Windows, using the Board Manager feature of the Arduino IDE, as follows:

  1. In the Arduino IDE, on the File menu click Preferences.
  2. In Additional Boards Manager URLs enter  http://download.labs.mediatek.com/package_mtk_linkit_index.json , as shown below.

  3. Make sure your computer is connected to the internet.
  4. On the Tools menu point to Board then click Boards Manager

    Opening the Boards Manager tool

  5. Arduino now downloads the additional Boards Manager details (the .json file), which may take a few seconds.

    If a download error, such as "Error downloading  http://download.labs.mediatek.com/package_mtk_linkit_index.json " occurs, it can be fixed by removing the cached .json file. The location of the cached .json file is the same as the location of the preferences.txt file. To find the location, on the File menu click Preferences, and check the path detailed under More. Preferences can be edited directly in the file.

    Path containing cached files shown in Preferences

  6. LinkIt ONE by Seeed Studios and MediaTek Labs is now displayed in Boards Manager. Select the latest LinkIt ONE SDK version and click Install

    Installing the LinkIt ONE SDK

  7. When installation completes version n.n.nn INSTALLED  is appended to the tool’s name, as shown below.

    LinkIt ONE SDK installed in Arduino IDE

You now have the LinkIt ONE SDK installed in the Arduino IDE.

Next: Update Your Board’s Firmware.