Ethernet, RS485 and power down a single cat 5 cable

For my boat automation system I plan to use RJ45 sockets and cat 5 cable for interconnecting the master and the nodes. Some nodes will have their own 12 V supply for larger loads, but ones that are just for switches and other transducers (sensors) will need to have 12 V delivered to them. According […]

Building a Diavolino

On Saturday I picked up an Evil Mad Scientists Arduino clone, The Diavolino, from MadLab‘s little shop “Invent-ory” to use with my RS485 stuff. the Diavolino requires assembly yourself (official instructions). The FTDI I bought was this one: RHX PL2303 USB To RS232 They are about £2.29 per. however where Windows 7 will grab the drivers […]