[aprssig] APRS / Packet board for Arduino

Dave Baxter Dave at emv.co.uk
Tue Jan 27 04:35:07 EST 2009


I had googled for Arduino and filtered for ethernet etc, no hits,
perhaps they are a different name?

I know the X-Port products, esentialy a Ethernet<>Serial converter, that
will interface with anything that would normaly use a MAX232 series IO
chip for RS232.   Seems there is also a WiFi<>Serial module too.

They are good products, but can vary from easy to setup if the "gadget"
has a User Interface, to a right pain if you have to start using Reverse
ARP and the Network based configurator.  Plus, we can get them over hear
in the UK too, the last time I checked, the prices were almost
acceptable for us hobby types.
The only hassle is the 3.3V requirement, where most of what I mess with
is 5V.  Not insurmountable, but a little more work.

I know there are some "Project" designs about for several flavor of MCU,
that use either a complete PC type PCI network card, or the chips as
used theron (Incl the cable drivers/transformers etc.)   I was just
wondering if there was something like that all on one board, keeping the
hardware cost down.   (As if recycled PC network cards are

Overall, the X-Port devices are probably (at this time) the best
compromise.   At least on my own network, I can use the network based
configurator without P'ing off any IT types.


Dave G0WBX.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jason KG4WSV [mailto:kg4wsv at gmail.com] 
> Sent: 26 January 2009 12:27
> To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [aprssig] APRS / Packet board for Arduino
> On Mon, Jan 26, 2009 at 4:23 AM, Dave Baxter <Dave at emv.co.uk> wrote:
> > Any of these things available with network (CAT5 TCP/IP) 
> connectivity 
> > built in?  (Even if only at 10mbps)
> The arduino team has released the ethernet shield (aboust 
> US$45, IIRC) and software support is included in the software 
> distribution.  There are also at least a couple of third 
> party ethernet boards based on the Xport module and the 
> Microchip ENC28J60.
> There are also xbee shields available for zigbee-type 
> wireless connectivity.
> -Jason
> kg4wsv

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