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Setup and Uses
Some controllers have wireless cards/access built into them. This means you end up having to configure each wireless
device individually. We use a proven and reliable
Wireless Bridge that allows us to put several network devices onto the network at once. This bridge allows for 4 network devices to
be plugged in but more devices can be added by adding a low cost switch.
Once its set up all your Ethernet devices simply plug into it and run as though they are
wired to your main network router. From there you can easily port out and access your devices from anywhere over the Internet.
If you do not want to run your robot off your own pre-made network and would prefer to be able to run the robot anywhere,
you might be more interested in ourWireless Router. By adding a router onto your robot, you
will be able to connect each of the network compatible accessories into it. This will allow for communication between each
of your accessories and if you have a wireless computer(or laptop/phone/tablet/etc), you can also jump onto this network for monitoring outputs
and controlling your robot.
wireless bridge or
router is taken care of, all you need is
any standard network device and something to control it with.
Wi-Fi Custom Control Interface
Wi-Fi Custom Control Interface Package you get
The first link in communication would be the Logitech USB GamePad Controller
connects directly to your computer via USB port. It should automatically download the device driver but
if it does not the drive can be found
. Once connected you
will open your customized control software and jump onto the same network as the robot. Once connection is
verified, you can send signals from your laptop to your robot's EnGenius Xtra Long-range Ethernet Bridge
or TP-Link 54Mbps Wireless Router TL-WR340G
The data will be routed to the iPocket232 RS232 to Ethernet Converter
, which will change the data from
the Ethernet packet to RS-232 signal to our control board. The board will then take the packet and disrupt the commands
to each of devices on the robot(servos/motors/sensors/etc). Devices can be turned on and off with the 7 Chan High Cur TTL Driver with 4 Power 5V Relays
and power to the devices themselves can be regulated with the 4 Switching Regulators
provided with your order.
The control board is set up to your exact needs for your robot. After completion of the control board cannot be edited or changed to increase stability.
Although we can add more functionality to the software in case your needs change. This option allows someone with very little programming
experience to have access to all abilities of the robot, without learning and writing their own code.
Programmable WiFi Custom Interface
Alternatively, we also sell a potentially cheaper
Programmable WiFi Custom Interface Package
powered by the Arduino platform. Arduino platforms are an extremely user friendly and easy to learn programming language. This package includes:
This option works in similar ways as the Custom Controls Interface Package above. The first few steps are the same. The gamepad connects to your computer with our custom
software on it. You then jump on the EnGenius Xtra Long-range Ethernet Bridge or TP-Link 54Mbps Wireless Router TL-WR340G's network.
This allows you the communicate with the robot. This is where the difference comes in, instead of moving to the IPocket, the packet will go directly to the Arduino Ethernet Shield R3.
The Ethernet shield plugs directly into the SDR Custom Arduino Mega Shield, which is plugged into the Arduino Mega 2560 R3. This allows for fluid communication between the three components. From there you can control your devices and relays.
The benefit for this option is you will be able to modify the code at any point, even if new devices are added onto your robot. This can be extremely helpful for
robots whose uses changes frequently or educational uses. Many things can be edited with just the change of a number (Speed/control flow/distance checking/etc), while more drastic changes
can be accomplished by people with a little programming experience. We will leave comments in the code to help you walk through the code as well. Many examples are
provided by the Arduino community to help you get started. For fresh Arduino users, you should start
For those that want cameras, we have the
Video Server that allows you to connect and stream any standard RCA Camera.
The Etrovision just plugs into the back of the Ethernet bridge/router and you can then
access and control the cameras from the wireless network or Internet.
IP cameras are available for our
standard WiFi robots. We also offer
custom camera systems with a pan and tilt that is controlled with our
Package (hence the gamepad controller). This package can be further upgraded by adding a
27x zoom Camera. This will allow another degree of movement as you can pan, tilt and zoom.
Two Way Audio
Two way audio is available and will enable you to send and receive audio through a web interface. This can be another feature of the Etrovision
LED Lights Assembly
LED lights are available as chassis mounted or camera mounted. They are remotely
operated from the software, allowing you to see when it's dark. These LEDs are
very low power,
while still providing a large amount of light. This can be very helpful for night
Pan and Tilt Camera
Our standard pan and tilt system can be seen here. It can pan a full 360 degrees and tilt around 50 degrees. This movement is controlled by two servos which are powered by the voltage regulators we provide when
you have either of our Wi-Fi packages. Either of our cameras can be mounted to this pan and tilt system.
Another option you can select is our dome camera option. This has a built in pan and tilt system with a protective dome. Most of our dome cameras communicate through RS45 which can be configured on your control board though your order.