A product consists of multiple devices of the same type. After you create a product, you must create devices for the product. You can create a device or multiple devices at a time. This article describes how to create a device at a time.


  1. Log on to the IoT Platform console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, choose Devices > Devices.
  3. On the Devices page, click Add Device.
  4. In the Add Device dialog box, set the required parameters, and click OK.
    Add Device dialog box
    Parameter Description
    Products Select a product. The device derives the features and properties of the specified product.
    Note If the product is registered with another platform, make sure that your account has sufficient activation codes to create the device.
    DeviceName The device name.
    • The device name must be unique within the product.
    • The device name must be 4 to 32 characters in length, and can contain letters, digits, hyphens (-), underscores (_), at signs (@), periods (.), and colons (:).
    Note You can leave the DeviceName parameter unspecified. If the parameter is left unspecified, IoT Platform generates a globally unique identifier (GUID) as the device name.
    Alias The alias. The alias must be 4 to 64 characters in length, and can contain letters, digits, and underscores (_).


After a device is created, the View Device Certificate dialog box appears. You can view and copy the device certificate information. A device certificate consists of a product key, device name, and device secret. A device certificate is the credential that the device uses to communicate with IoT Platform. We recommend that you keep your device certificates confidential.

Parameter Description
ProductKey The key of the product to which the device belongs. It is the GUID that is issued by IoT Platform to the product.
DeviceName The device name. The identifier of the device. The identifier is unique within the product. DeviceName and ProductKey uniquely identify the device, and are used for authentication with IoT Platform.
DeviceSecret The device key that is issued by IoT Platform for device authentication and encryption. It must be used in combination with the device name.

What to do next

View device information. For more information, see Manage devices.

The status of the created devices is Not Activated. Use a Link SDK to implement a device, connect the device to IoT Platform, and then activate the device. For more information, see the Link SDK documentation.

Connect the device to IoT Platform. For more information about best practices, see the following articles: