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Hardware running on .Net Micro Framework

Postby Digit » Thu May 17, 2012 10:08 pm

Hi all,
2 days ago a new board arrived, running on the .Net Micro Framework.
With all this new Gadgeteer stuff going on I thought it would be nice to get a bit more acquainted with the .NET MF, so I bought a board to tinker with.
It arrived 2 days ago and I attached some spare hardware I had laying around to this board.

So far I managed to get a Lux sensor and a 20x4 LCD running; with most time spent on reading datasheets btw :wink:
And with the upcoming .Net FW version 4.2 programming in VB.Net will also be available; maybe this will make these devices/platform more interesting for some people here.
If you wanna know more, here are some articles that might be interesting:
http://blog.hekkers.net/2012/05/16/ardu ... framework/
http://blog.hekkers.net/2012/05/17/firs ... h-luxplug/
http://blog.hekkers.net/2012/05/17/fez- ... olled-lcd/
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Re: Hardware running on .Net Micro Framework

Postby erisan500 » Mon May 21, 2012 9:42 am

Looks like domoticans are not interested in .Net hardware...shame, shame, shame....
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Re: Hardware running on .Net Micro Framework

Postby WooTz » Mon May 21, 2012 1:47 pm

Hi,

I'm very interested in this, and have been looking at this lately both the Netduino and GHI. For GHI I find the cerberus quite interesting, however the gadgeteer modules themselves are quite expensive, but the breakout boards will help in using standard sensors to be connected to the gadgeteer sockets.

I think personally the PanStamp was very nice, but shame to see it was based on the arduino.

I would love to see a standard communication platform based on the low frequency RF to be used with the .NET system.

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Re: Hardware running on .Net Micro Framework

Postby erisan500 » Mon May 21, 2012 1:52 pm

I use 2.4Ghz RF modules that can send at 2Mbit, and they cost 2,9€, and thats what i've settled on.

XBee is very nice, but way too expensive
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Re: Hardware running on .Net Micro Framework

Postby Digit » Mon May 21, 2012 2:57 pm

I think the way Gadgeteer is set up is to enable easy & quick result for everyone - if you can plug a power cord in a wall socket, you can also connect a sensor/actor to your Gadgeteer board. The rest is software :)

For me, this type of hardware is just another way to do the things I wanna do; I've now succesfully used a FEZ Panda to do stuff an Arduino can do just as well - it's a matter of picking the right hardware for what you're trying to accomplish. A new platform like this enriches my toolbox and I'm sure it enables me to do things I can't do on Arduino.

Currently I'm trying to get an Arduino 320x240 TFT LCD shield working on top of the FEZ Panda II, but I don't think that the Panda will beat the Arduino (in terms of performance; I've just started with this so concluding may be a bit premature).
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Re: Hardware running on .Net Micro Framework

Postby WooTz » Mon May 21, 2012 8:27 pm

Erisan, which sensor are you using and what is the range that you are getting? I'd love to use Ethernet cabled/wifi all over, but it is just too expensive.

I like .NET because the debugging is great compared to any of the other available hardware. Besides im writing my whole HA in .NET :-)
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Re: Hardware running on .Net Micro Framework

Postby erisan500 » Mon May 21, 2012 8:49 pm

WooTz wrote:Erisan, which sensor are you using and what is the range that you are getting?


Sensor for what? I use mostly OneWire sensors, but also Hall-Effect sensors. Depends on what you wanna measure.
Regarding the range, i didn't do any tests, but my home is about 20 by 10 and i have no reception problems. I can easily reach the opposite side of the house. (depends on the type of walls, and transceiver placement)
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Re: Hardware running on .Net Micro Framework

Postby WooTz » Mon May 21, 2012 8:54 pm

I used the wrong word :-) What type of transmitter are you using, and did you create your boards yourself?
I would like to create some standards for .NET because there seem to be hardly any for HA and .NET It's already difficult to find some code for humidity sensors.
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Re: Hardware running on .Net Micro Framework

Postby erisan500 » Mon May 21, 2012 10:02 pm

I'm using these: http://iteadstudio.com/store/index.php? ... ucts_id=53

Regarding code, if you can read a datasheet, you can write the code too, thats how I do it for code-less sensors
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