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1  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Internet Checking Device for Basic Users to Check Cat5 Status on: January 02, 2014, 10:39:43 pm
ok you guys are missing the point here hahah.
These guys are simple installers with no tech skills. if the box reports no internet then they call in their IT guys.
The company that installs the solar needs to "watch" their installed systems so they are plugged into the homes internet.
If the box says no internet then the installers will call out the network specialist to the home to resolve the issue.

Yes it DOES check internet.
Yes the first 3 lights are for localnet if that is successful all the way to DHCP

Then the next light tests http connection (Internet) to a website via IP address only NO DNS used for this test.

If that passes, then it checks to see if it can resolve a FQDN via DNS (IE: can it connect to google.com website?)

If that passes, then it has all the workings of valid internet they can then plug in the Cat5 to the solar system and wait for the guys in the main office to see it come online.
2  Using Arduino / Networking, Protocols, and Devices / Re: Get Link Status and Link Speed from Shield? on: December 31, 2013, 02:17:20 pm
Writing software for the 5100 chip is WAY outside my skill set.
So soldering Iron it IS! smiley

Was hoping there was a command I was missing, or a library I could install.
Thanks for the invaluable info guys!!
smiley
3  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Internet Checking Device for Basic Users to Check Cat5 Status on: December 31, 2013, 02:04:16 pm
Thanks for the questions.
No on the LCD screen, I started the project with that as a goal, but quickly scrapped it.
Trust me, the people that will be using these know NOTHING about networks, so displaying IP, GW, DNS settings would not benefit them in anyway.

They do HOME solar installations, I'm aware large companies would not allow DHCP and such without authorization.
Again this device will be used by NON TECH solar installer people, in a HOME environment... smiley

I know us geeks want to amp it up and make it useful to us,
but that's not the goal/objective of the project LOL smiley

Thanks for the input so far smiley-wink

 
4  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Internet Checking Device for Basic Users to Check Cat5 Status on: December 30, 2013, 11:41:04 pm
They don't want a laptop that's what they have now.
If I can plug in a device and check all those things in less than 10 seconds with no computer knowledge.
Then I don't have to worry about laptop boot times, laptop batteries running dead, dropped or broken LCD screens Etc..
Plus then they don't need to even know how to use a computer (Even better!!)
 
5  Using Arduino / Networking, Protocols, and Devices / Re: Get Link Status and Link Speed from Shield? on: December 30, 2013, 11:37:31 pm
I just looked and it has the 5100 Chipset.
However I'm confused then?

The shield itself HAS a link light AND a 10/100 Light AND a Full duplex light AND a Collision light, and a few other lights as well.....
I want access to those lights (lit or unlit status) IN the programming...
I will manually solder a jumper from the lights and into an input if that's what I have to do to read their status!

LOL I was hoping for a MUCH better less Janky way to get at the info VS soldering to the shield and burning my precious IO's smiley

This is my project link, if that gives you a better Idea what I'm trying to accomplish..
http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=207029.0

6  Using Arduino / Networking, Protocols, and Devices / Re: Get Link Status and Link Speed from Shield? on: December 30, 2013, 12:08:33 am
Yes the official shield
7  Using Arduino / Networking, Protocols, and Devices / Get Link Status and Link Speed from Shield? on: December 29, 2013, 06:37:49 pm
I need to pull the status of both Link and 10/100 Status into the Arduino.
I understand the shield has these lights on it but wanted to get the info into my programming.
Thanks.
 
8  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Internet Checking Device for Basic Users to Check Cat5 Status on: December 28, 2013, 12:34:09 am
Where can I get boards that cheap?!?!
The Yun had two things that scared me away (Linux) which I know 0 about. AND they are kinda pricey... smiley-sad
9  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Internet Checking Device for Basic Users to Check Cat5 Status on: December 27, 2013, 10:52:10 pm
If I was going to do full scale production I would roll my own PCB too.
Looking for cheap and fast to build.
Getting printed PCB would eat most of my savings for a small run of these.
But this is just to crank out 3-5 of them for my friend and perhaps one or two for me.
10  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Internet Checking Device for Basic Users to Check Cat5 Status on: December 27, 2013, 07:21:30 pm
So I have had several requests to build a small applicance that simply checks if internet is present on a Cat5 line.
I have a friend in the Solar Installation Profession, and they are not internet or computer people.
They want to be able to test if a Cat5 they are given on a customers site, has valid working Internet on it.

So I thought it would be pretty easy to make and implement.
As with most of my projects I was thinking LCD and such to make it fancy and awesome,
but I quickly ran out of inputs on the Uno.
Plus wanted to keep these devices on the cheap side.

So I was thinking Uno with Ethernet shield.
Then there would be several lights indicating progress of connecting to the internet,
so they could "see" where it dies if they get no internet to know where to troubleshoot.

I have spent considerable time looking for such a device, because there is no reason to reinvent the wheel.
BUT I could find NOTHING remotely close to meeting my needs and especially for sub $100ish....
So let me know if I missed a device that already does this....

Lights will be bi-color LED, Start RED, and then turn Yellow during test, and green,
If each test passes from left to right through each test.
Last test being DNS

Here is my front Panel express sketch up of the front plate so far while I wait for my Uno and Shield in the mail.
What are your thoughts???? THANKS in ADVANCE!!!

11  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Music track to fire pyrotechnics on: December 26, 2013, 06:40:41 pm
SMTP code is usually on the right channel or left channel of the audio track.
Thus the time code is always matched to the music score
12  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bugs & Suggestions / Re: Arduino Nano and short circuits on: June 23, 2010, 10:50:43 pm
See here for my repair
http://www.arduino.cc/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1256229321
13  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Re: Arduino Nano kind of dead HELP on: October 03, 2010, 09:43:36 pm
Sorry it took so long to see this.
Here is the part on Ebay

http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=p5197.m570.l1313&_nkw=mbr0520&_sacat=See-All-Categories
14  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Re: Arduino Nano kind of dead HELP on: July 12, 2010, 06:09:15 pm
Found the Diodes on Ebay: 25 of them for $2.70 shipped, out the door cost.
So if you need one contact me and I'd be glad to mail you one or two if you pay the $0.44 postage. I only needed 1 of them.

Here is my completed repair picture, the chip is working awesome and is once again protected from stupidity (To an extent) smiley

15  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Re: Arduino Nano kind of dead HELP on: June 23, 2010, 10:24:35 pm
Yep that was EXACTLY it!
Pulled that Diode made a tiny jumper and my unit is back online via USB power like it never happened.
I may order another diode for it on my next order with Mouser, I just dont want to have to pay shipping for that dumb $0.20 part.

But for now I'm back in action, and I will try not to do anything stupid until I have that diode replaced.


Here is the pic of my repair for others that run into this issue...
PS: This is V3.0 Nano

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