Category Archives: CAN4VSCP Bejing

CAN4VSCP module firmware upgrades

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Please update your module.

Instructions on how to update the firmware is available in the modules manual.

Adding pull-ups/downs to Beijing

Got a great tip from a customer (Maarten Zanders in Belgium) for the Beijing module. His words below.

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Here’s a tip for if you use Beijing to process buttons. If you want to add stronger pull-ups (the PIC’s internal pullups are too weak to be used on physical -long- wire), there’s a component from “the old days” that can help you out: SIL resistor arrays.

Picture attached shows the resistor array in place. I think this position results in a pull down configuration.
I only have the 10 pin version at hand (9 pull-ups) but 11pin versions also exist.

Beijing I/O #VSCP control module #IoT #m2m

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The Beijing I/O VSCP control module is now available in the FrogShop.

The module has ten 5V channels that individually can be set to either an input or an output.

Each output can have a pulse automatically  generated.

Each channel can have a protection timer associated with it which turns it off after a specified time. This can be used as a security feature so that a critical controlled resource is not kept on when a communication line has been lost but can be used to keep an output on for a specific time for other uses.

TurnOn/TurnOff or On/Off events can be generated when  signals go high/low.  This is valid both for inputs and outputs. Perfect for monitoring systems or for autonomous control of other VSCP modules.

Alarm events can be generated when a pin change state. Perfect for alarm setups.

State of inputs/outputs can be streamed with configurable time interval.

Inputs can be used as button inputs with repeat.

The Beijing module have a decision matrix with eight entries that can set a pin high or low,  toggle a pin, send status for a pin or all pins, or turn on/off  pulse on a pin. This makes it easy to construct autonomous systems.

The module can be wall mounted or attached to a DIN rail as all modules in the CAN4VSCP series from Paradise of the Frog.

Almost Done. #VSCP #IoT #m2m

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Almost done. It’s always the hardest part. I have never really understood why.  So now for the Beijing I/O module I only have to verify that the input and debounce events work then I can stamp “ready” on the project or at least dub it “ready” as in firmware release 1.0.0.  Yes and after that start coding on the next project. Going in to virgin land with a free mind. I like that. More than most other things in the world. But now, so close to the finish, I resist and slow down as always. Just as a runner that is close to the finish line usually does.

Yes I am tired. I have been working hard this year. Sixteen hour days for most of the days of the week.  Month after month. Just as I did last year and the year before that and so on.  Getting very little in return for my work. But not for a minute hesitated that this is something good. Yes I still believe in this.

So I have to pick up some strength from somewhere in myself and finish this.  I really need to put “ready” on two other modules also before I go on vacation with a mind in rest. Is that even possible?  Well I don’t know, I just know I better get on the job again right away.

Verifying Beijing #VSCP #IoT #m2m

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Verifying the Beijing module.  All is well up to now I can tell you. But a lot of functionality to test so things takes time as always.  The Accra and the Vilnius modules are standing impatiently here in queue  to be tested also including some other modules. Soon we move up to Ethernet, Bluetooth and Wifi.

No that ugly LED array is not part of the board. 😉