Centipede

  • Overview

  • Plug Centipede into a Chromebook and it will automatically manage the keystrokes on the enrolment screens; setting SSID, network passwords, and clicking “Next” for you. Multiply your staff’s efficiency with your next Chromebook deployment and enrol many more devices per hour.

  • Centipede is an ultra-cheap (~$9/unit) high-value solution involving an Arduino micro-controllerand some open-source code maintained by Amplified Labs that can dramatically increase your team’s efficiency during large Chromebook deployments. Plug the Arduino into a Chromebook and let it do the keystrokes through the enrolment screens, setting SSID, network passwords, and clicking “Next” for you — allowing you to enrol many more devices per hour. Buy an Arduino Pro Micro from your favorite retailer, or get the same device we have tested from Amazon.

  • Get up and running quickly

    Choose the Centipede script for ChromeOS version 57 (and lower), or ChromeOS version 58 (and higher). Make a copy of the script you’d like to use, and modify it to include your local network settings, then program the device. The images on the left show the welcome screens for versions 57 or 58. Be sure to pick the script that matches, as the enrollment process has changed.

  • Find answers to your questions

    Centipede is offered for free by Amplified Labs. If you have purchased support hours from Amplified IT, you can use them to get one-on-one help to modify the code to suit your needs by submitting a support ticket.

    If you don’t have support hours and don’t want to purchase them, but still have questions, we will not be able to answer questions directly, but you can take a look at the support and FAQ pages, or head over to the Centipede Google Plus community to find answers. There, you can submit a bug report, request a feature, or share some of the amazing things Centipede can do!

See it in action

Next time you’re enrolling a large number of Chrome devices, arm your staff with five or six Centipede units each and watch the work disappear.Big thanks to technology coordinator Kimberly Hauser for producing this video!

How it works

  1. Purchase the Arduino Pro Micro at Amazon or click on the image on the right. If this model is out of stock, we’ve also tested this slightly more expensive model at Adafruit.
  2. Make an account on Arduino Create.
  3. Determine if you are enrolling a Chromebook with version 57 (or lower), or version 58 (or higher).
  4. Make a copy of the Centipede sketch file that matches your version (57- or 58+).
  5. Fire up a factory-fresh Chromebook and plug in Centipede via a micro-USB cable
  6. Watch and weep tears of joy as Centipede does the dirty work for you

Note: Amplified Labs makes the code available free of charge. We do not sell the Arduino hardware, but we suggest purchasing the one at this Amazon Link, because we’ve tested this model. We recommend getting 5 or more units per staff member that will be involved in unboxing /enrollment. If your team requires assistance beyond our help community, please purchase or utilize your existing Amplified IT support hours as necessary.