arduino wi-fi shield

It is great that the "first" arduino wifi shield is out. I pass along this info hoping that more arduino dudes contribute to the development of this cool gadget.

wifi shield website: (interesting demos) long discussion here:

not the first, but the first affordable :)

Couldn't find any spec's for littlebirds, but at 245 ouch I could buy 4 shields from Asynclabs at 55 each.. and still have change for a few LEDs = )

In Little Bird's defense, they are using Australian Dollars, so, prices are more moderate, lol, 45 American dollars for a standard duemilanove168 would be absurd!!!

oh really, that’s australian dollar? wonder how much money they loose by not marking that clearer.
the little bird module is more advanced btw. it has internal 1.2 MB RAM and many protocols it supports.
i’m not even sure if it was ever produced, cause the site just says pre-order and i remember that has been there for ages.

Yeah, maybe if they marketed themselves a bit better, it woulda survived. Those are some interesting specs though. Alas, that version was never to be, shame.

I am @littlebirdceo .

The Little Bird Brain was made to scratch a need I had.

It's called the Bird Brain ($192USD) because it has a fair bit of brains which you do not find in other solutions such as:

  • Wireless 802.11b, 802.11g
  • Support for the following ARP, UDP, TCP, Telnet, ICMP, SNMP, DHCP, BOOTP, Auto IP, HTTP, SMTP, and TFTP protocols
  • An internal WebServer (with 1.2 MB Storage), SNMP (read only)
  • Telnet Login ... and more.

To contrast the Asynclabs shield can't even handle large packets. Don't get me wrong I'm a huge fan of the Asynlabs shield, and have been playing with it since it arrived last week.

The Asynclabs shield will do 90% of what people need in their projects, and the setup process was rather simple. They should be commended for bringing such a handy shield to the market.

Just my 2c.



Ps. Follow me on twitter @littlebirdceo

Thats sick!

Asynclabs Wifi shield is carried at

FYI - has discount promotion plus free shipping this week. read the frontpage. Hope this will save you some $$.

so exciting

:wink: Not bad

Sparkfun now have a WiFly shield

For only $89.95

can any one take me through a step by step process explaining to me how i can get the arduino to communicate with a website using the wifi shield?

Download the Wishield library.
Put it in the library folder on your machine. This is os dependant so check the instructiuons for location.
Change the library type in apps-conf.h check the documentation for the type you want.
I should imagine APP_WEBLIENT is what you will need.
Have a look at the client examples provided with the WiShield library.
Choose one and change the ip address, netmask and gateway for your network.
Specify the security type, inrastructure mode, ssid and passphrase or wep key as appropriate.
You may need to change the ip address of the web site.
Ping you should get something like and use the address.

I assume you know how to compile and load the sketch on to the arduino with wishield attached.
Start the serial monitor and set it to the correct speed as set in the sketch.

And there you go after a short while the red light will come on and you will get the results in the serial monitor.

This is all in the documentation if you read through it a few times to make sure you inderstand it.


I've seen this other day: Arduino BlackWidow from asynclabs. An arduino duemilanove with wifi baked directly on board. I'm looking forward to buy one. :)

Thanks alot...

BlackWidow is also available at

what module does it use? the schematics are available, but don't name the module, which is... helpful.

Do $15-20 wifi shields exist? I like the wifi capability, but would like to incorporate a cheap barebones board and add wifi. I like the Async Blackwidow and the new 2.0 shield, but why can't it be cheaper? I can buy a wireless router for less! I like how the Async products are ready to go, slick and smart, but can't we get these shields down around $20. I have a bunch of wifi devices I want to make and play around with, but $$$! If it was $15-20 for a shield, I would not mind doing some leg work.

What are my options? I am surprised others are not pressing this matter. I guess I just don't understand what is making them so expensive?