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My project requires "some kind of remote communication to the PC" in order to work.  It doesn't have to be wireless, wired is fine.  The project is a desktop JAVA app that can either use the serial data, or use web data gotten via PUT and GET (see https://github.com/jjg/RESTduino)

I've just priced all the available options: Ethernet shields, WiFi sheilds, XBee (which I could make work I think)...and it's all really just too expensive.

I need to keep the price of the finished project super super cheap.

Is there another way to get this done?  I guess the short question is "what is the cheapest way to maintain comms between PC and the ardunio?"

I guess I could just use a super long USB cable and use the serial data?  That seems ghetto though...there's got to be a cheap way to do ethernet?


My project requires "some kind of remote communication to the PC" in order to work.

Just use the USB cable. It fits well with the ghetto thinking and budget.
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Apr 24, 2011, 09:14 am Last Edit: Apr 24, 2011, 09:16 am by tkbyd Reason: 1
Ethernet shield: $25. ArduServer.com

Maybe later... product not yet released: DCDWireless.com, if from-sensor-to-Arduino enough.

Or why not just a serial connection between them?

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This is from a recent posting. I've just ordered and going to try out bluetooth.




Apr 26, 2011, 01:22 pm Last Edit: Apr 26, 2011, 01:27 pm by robtillaart Reason: 1
Can't you can get an old - win95/98 - PC/ laptop from a digital scrapheap for free. Connect the Arduino to its serial port and use the PC's network card ...

It takes some tinkering (python/php/...) but it could be the cheapest solution -  not energy efficient although ;)

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