I have a development kit with one Argon and three Xenon boards.
I’m now trying to setup the Argon as a gateway for the three boards. I’ve gone through setup.particle.io, and installed the Android app. On my tablet, if I scan the QR code it will be stuck into “pairing with your Argon” forever, but switching to my phone it worked after about 5 minutes, and I could do the firmware update and all that.
But at one point, it asks me whether I want to use this Argon in a mesh network? I suppose I have to select “Yes, Use in Mesh Network”, as I want my Argon to be the gateway for my Xenon nodes. At this point, I’m being asked to add a credit card at console.particle.io/billing. The problem is that I don’t have a credit card as I don’t quality for one (I had to cancel my application last week since we were unable to provide specific documents). Is there a way to use Particle Mesh without a credit card for testing? Thanks.
A credit card is currently required to set up an Argon mesh network.
We’re investigating changing this for Argon as if you have <= 10 mesh networks, <= 10 devices, and only one gateway, the network won’t incur any fees, so there’s really no need to require a credit card. I don’t have a definite yes or a timeline at this time for this feature.
Boron mesh networks will still require a credit card.
Oh man, please adjust the requirement. With all the hacking going on, I don’t like to leave my card stored on the web if there is no need.
I wasn’t aware I would have to provide a credit card and I pre-ordered just Argons and Xenons.
I guess my Xenons will not be online anytime soon.
Have you thought of a prepaid credit card with just a symbolic amount on it?
No risk if that was hacked and lost.
Yeah… another piece of plastic to keep track of.
You can have them completely virtual too.
The answer is sooner, rather than later. The current beta of the Android app no longer requires a credit card for setting up an Argon mesh if you would still be on the free tier (would not exceed 10 mesh networks in an account or create a high availability mesh). It should be the production version soon.