Configuration Templates

Set up multiple devices with the same configuration parameters

Create a new Configuration Template

If you are provisioning multiple of the same robots with the same intended settings/configurations, Formant provides templates for easy and consistent setup.

From the application menu, click "Settings", then find "Config templates."


location of "config templates" on the sidebar.

Click "Add Configuration" in the top right and give it a name. After naming it, you will be walked through the following steps:

  1. Choose devices to apply this template to.
  2. Configure general device-level settings.
  3. Configure telemetry stream settings.
  4. Configure teleoperation settings.

Step 1: Choose devices

At the top, you'll be given a list of tags. Selecting tags makes this configuration applicable only to future or current devices that contain this tag. In the below example, we're saving our new configuration template "Jetbot Configuration" to apply only to devices with the tag hardware: jetbot.


Step 2: Select general settings

Click "NEXT" to be greeted with the following settings:

SSH & port forwardingTo SSH to your robot from anywhere on the internet, select this option.SSH to your robot
Terminal accessFrom a device view, pop open an in-browser terminal for quick access to your device.Terminal and port forwarding security
Disk buffer sizeFormant uses circular buffers to store data to be uploaded to the cloud for optimum throughput. Control the disk size of these buffers here.Configuring telemetry data buffer sizes
Disk on-demand sizeFor on-demand data, Formant will store data on the device and only upload it when requested. Set the size of this data store here.On-demand streams
Default rate limit on streamsIf a stream does not have a specified rate limit, it will default to this global value.Restrict stream rate
Adapter configurationEspecially for non-ROS robots, you may have adapters or generic programs you want Formant to install, manage, and run on your device.Adapters
URDFURDFs will give realistic visualizations to your robot views.URDF
Application configurationStore key-value pairs on this device. These can be looked-up through the Agent SDK.SDK Reference

Turn an existing device's configuration into a template

If you want to create a configuration template from an existing device, you can do so by navigating to Settings>>Devices and then click the three dots next to the device you would like to copy. Select "Save as configuration template" and give it a name/make any necessary edits.