The NetBurner MOD54415 Experience: Part 1

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I’ve decided to experiment with networked electronics.  We’ve worked with some of Microchip’s development boards running their TCP/IP stack in the past.  But I wanted to check out some other products to see if they might make it easier to develop low volume production electronics with Internet connectivity.  I’ve started with NetBurner’s MOD54415.

To start I purchased the MOD54415 LC Development Kit (shown above) which comes with the NetBurner 54415 LC, a carrier board, and an assortment if cables.  It retails for $129US.  The only thing the kit was missing was a power supply.  However, it can be jumpered to run off of a USB port so that was not an impediment to getting started.  The MOD54415 by itself retails for $99US, so the development kit is a steal for just $30 more (and probably a net loss for the folks at NetBurner).

I brought the kit home over the weekend to test.  I’m currently too busy at with design work to spend a lot of time playing with new toys in the lab.  I figured I could get it running without any lab equipment, and was right.

After purchasing and unpacking the product I had to register with NetBurner at their support web site to download the software tools that come with it.  I read through the quick start document in about 15 minutes.

I then connected the MOD54415 kit to the wireless router at my house, and connected the USB port to an adjacent Wii for power.  The next step was to run NetBurner’s  “IPSetup” software.  The software immediately detected and displayed the IP address of the MOD54415 on my network.

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Once detected, I was able to access the web pages being served by the MOD54415 as factory defaults.  I navigated to the LED Example page and began changing LED states.  The magic of internet connectivity and control was achieved in just under a half-hour.

 

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Obviously, there’s going to be quite a bit more delving under the hood to be able to use this module with a custom electronic design.  But I was pleased to get the system set up and running with its factory settings so easily.

Comments

  1. KENNETH CHRISTIE says:

    We have used the netburner 54415 in one of our products as a processor. It works fine besides emitting a 125 MHz noise form the PLL(clock freq * multiplier) which fails radiated emissions for DO160. What is usually a solution to such problems?

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