Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to set up a hackerpet Hub?

  1. A CleverPet Hub with a serial number that starts with ‘H’ (3/4 of Hubs are this variant)
  2. A Particle Photon (less than $20), with headers, (Amazon link)

My device is having issues. Is it possible to have it looked at?

Sure! Just reach out to and we’ll get things sorted for you.

Does hackerpet let me add new games to my Hub over-the-air (over WiFi)?

Yes! Particle has a robust architecture for flashing and monitoring devices remotely. The hackerpet library includes an example that shows how to set up fast UDP-based logging so you can monitor your Particle Photon over WiFi.

Will the app still work with the Hub once I swap out the Photon?

No. Although you have full access to all the data it produces via the reports.

If I can’t use the app to control my hackerpet, is it possible to control it from my phone?

Kind of! Particle lets you register functions on your Photon that you can call with an HTTP request. The easiest, if a bit cumbsersome, approach is to use the Particle Console.

How do I control my Hub after I’ve swapped out the Photon? Does it need to be unplugged?

As of May 2019, the default examples do not include on/off functionality. As soon as your Hub is turned out, the game starts playing, and the easiest way to turn it off is to unplug your Hub. That said, hackerpet makes it very easy for you to add your own on/off functionality if you’re so inclined!

How can I see logging information?

Check out the instructions on setting up data reporting.