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16  Using Arduino / Networking, Protocols, and Devices / Re: Getting started with Arduino Ethernet on: September 21, 2012, 10:30:56 pm
I'm with Stinsley here. . .  And no, I am not a complete noob - been doing this stuff for years, however I *AM* new to the Arduino.

My goals are as follows:
1.  Find a *GOOD* tutorial about how to use the Ethernet shield.  I've seen a number of threads where they end up using command-line commands (like ifconfig, ping, etc.), and reporting error messages - and it's not clear exactly how this is being done.  Within the Arduino?  From something else on the network?

Ideally, I would have enough information from the tutorial that if/when I find some decent code/sketches, I can follow along and try to understand what is happening.  And when, (note - "when", not "if"), something goes wrong, I would have enough of a handle on things to intelligently troubleshoot what is going on.

2.  Find some example(s) for using the Arduino + Ethernet shield to do at least SOMETHING.
Hopefully these would be both client and server examples.  I've seen any number of references to them - and some pretty heated arguments too! - but no help on actually FINDING them.

Goal 1:  Verify that my shield actually works.
Goal 2:  Find some code that I can use as a springboard for my own experiments.
Goal 3:  Make it do something that is actually useful.
Goal 4:  (Hopefully!)  Get to the point where I can contribute intelligently to the Arduino community via advice and examples



Another thing - perhaps only slightly off topic. . . .

I would like to suggest a careful re-write of a lot of the fundamental documentation on the Arduino - especially the Guide(s) - as not everyone here has been using the Arduino for the last 10 or so years.

For example, I try to find information on the Arduino Ethernet shield using a search engine and I am brought to the Arduino "Ethernet Shield" page that shows me the shield, offers me schematics and such, (which is nice!), and refers me, (via a link), to the Guide for more information.  The guide refers me to the Ethernet Library.  The Ethernet Library page confirms that, yes, there are library routines written for the Ethernet Shield, it shows one-line references to the methods used - three of them - and then refers me, (via another hyperlink), back to the original Ethernet Shield page that I started from.

I don't want to come off as an ADD poster child here, but I have been on this site, rummaging around, for almost two hours now and I am no closer to a solution than when I started.

Likewise, I don't want to come off as someone who wants to troll and rant - I think the Arduino is an absolutely AWESOME idea - but finding decent examples for some of this stuff is not easy - especially if it's not in the pre-packaged examples that come with the Arduino IDE downloads.

Can you folks:
1.  Point me in the right direction?
2.  Make it easier for others to find this information without resorting to getting annoyed on a Forum list?

Yes, it's been a long day and I'm gettin' a bit tired.  Hopefully you can excuse what might appear as me ranting or whatever - but (also hopefully), you can see the merit of what I am asking.

What say ye?

Jim (JR)
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