- Computerless CalcNet Bridge
- 28 Jul 2011 02:31:48 pm Permalink
Everyone knows that the one major flaw of the GCN is that it needs a computer to do the TCP-IP and other internet protocol stuff. The key to making a computerless bridge is the Arduino Ethernet. (I FINALLY found it on Amazon here http://www.amazon.com/Arduino-Ethernet-without-Power-over-Ethernet-Module/dp/B005D1U3TY You can BUILD one of these yourself, but the chip that does the protocol translating is only available in a quad-flat pack (80 pins of hell...) The Arduino board, unfortunately, is 60 dollars (without the PoE upgrade) That is the price to buy the premium RoHS compliant Arduino board. You CAN do it cheap, however, for only around 30 dollars by getting the cheaper non RoHS parts and soldering the thing by hand. I started yesterday on the board for this, and should have the design done in a week or two (depending on band camp), and will then make a PCB. If I can make the boards for cheap, I would like help understanding the GCN protocol. The Wiznet chipset has lots of help out there for it already, but Kerm and you other guys are the only people who know about the CalcNet. Thanks!