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Features

  • 2.4GHz WiFi Communications IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
  • Socket Module Footprint for Easy Upgrade
  • Secure Wi-Fi authentication: WPA/WPA2/WPA2-Enterprise and WPS
  • Supports DHCP or Static IP Address Assignment
  • Soft AP Web Interface for Settings Configuration
  • Communicate with Devices via TCP, UDP, MQTT, HTTP, Bluetooth, or USB
  • Supports all popular Baud Rates up to 256000
  • Syncs Taralist Devices to NTP server via Internet
  • Integrated Web Page for Basic Relay Control Operations
  • FCC Certified with 320′ Range and RGB Status LED

$29.95

Description

WiFi communications has been a central part of our company for many years.  We’ve listened to the feedback from our customers to build a WiFi communications module that addresses the needs for a low cost, highly flexible solution with unprecedented connectivity options.  Our NexGen WiFi is our our second generation WiFi communications module that modernizes connectivity by combining WiFi, Bluetooth, USB, and MQTT Communications into a single module.  Our NexGen WiFi module includes firmware that focuses on the most needed features while retaining the flexibility to adapt to just about any application.  Using the integrated web page in Soft AP mode, users have the ability to configure the NexGen WiFi module by enabling and disabling features as needed.

Three Interface Options, ONE Module!

WiFi Communications

Of course the NexGen WiFi module supports TCP communications, essentially converting TCP data to serial data for device control. Configure network setting such as DHCP or a Static IP address. Configure the network Port number and serial baud rates for connectivity to the NCD device using the integrated web page while in Soft AP mode. The Soft AP mode is compatible with web browsers on mobile devices such as Android or IOs devices, as well as laptops and desktop computers with integrated WiFi communications. Once configuration data is complete, exit the Soft AP mode and use the optional integrated web page to control basic relay control functions via the integrated web page (non-secure) or send data to the WiFi module using some of the optional protocols supported below.

Bluetooth Communications

The NexGen WiFi module also supports Bluetooth connectivity via the Bluetooth Classic protocol. By implementing the Bluetooth Serial Port Profile, NCD products will appear to your computer as a standard COM port, making it easy to communicate wireless data via Bluetooth between the PC and the device. Users have the ability to set the Bluetooth discovery name and PIN number via the integrated Web Page using Soft AP mode.

USB Communications

We also built the NexGen WiFi module to include a USB port, which may be used for direct USB communications to the device. Simply configure the USB Virtual COM Port parameters using the Soft AP mode and the integrated web page. The NexGen WiFi module will mount as a COM port on your computer, allowing access to the device through serial communications.

WiFi Communication Protocols

MQTT

The NexGen module supports very basic MQTT usage.  It can be configured to connect to an MQTT broker using no auth or basic auth (username/password).  Testing of this functionality was done using beebotte.com.  The NexGen WiFi module implements one subscribe topic and one publish topic.  It listens for control commands over the subscribe topic and sends command responses to the publish topic, which may be user defined using the integrated web page in Soft AP mode.

HTTP

Using WiFi communications, it's also possible to send commands to NCD devices using the HTTP API.  For example, to activate a relay on a NCD device, Simply send the HTTP command to the IP address 192.168.1.10 in any web browser using the following command structure: 192.168.1.10/sendCommand?data:[254,108,1]

Web Socket

Use a Web Socket to send commands to a NCD device.  Users can establish a web socket to the board via ws://{controller IP}/ws

This web socket expects command bytes to be sent in the form of a JSON array, for example “[254,108,1]” (activate the first relay on a NCD relay board). Note this array should be sent in TEXT/String format as shown with quotes.  Any data received from the host board will be sent to the web socket in the same format (JSON Array).

Discovery and Diagnostics

UDP Broadcast

The NexGen module broadcasts a UDP packet on ports 55555 and 13000 for network discovery purposes.  This allows discovery of the the NexGen WiFi module in Base Station and may be used for network discovery in your own software applications.

RGB Status LED

The integrated RGB LED displays communications and status information. Diagnose connectivity status or communication problems with different flashing color patterns to indicate module bootup, wifi connectivity, and configuration modes.

Taralist NTP Time Sync

This option enables Network Time Protocol time syncing of the Taralist Real Time clock. When enabled, once per day the NexGen module will sync it’s time with time.google.com, then it will update the on board Taralist Real Time clock. Note that this feature is only valid on Taralist series relay controllers and will only work if WiFi is enabled and internet connectivity is present on the connected WiFi Network.

Compatibility

For use with 2.4GHz WiFi Networks ONLY.  This module does NOT support 5GHz WiFi. 

PLEASE CONSULT WITH NCD STAFF PRIOR TO RETROFITTING OLDER DEVICES WITH THIS MODULE!

ONLY NEWLY PURCHASED CONTROLLERS ARE COMPATIBLE WITH THIS MODULE!

In general, this WiFi module works with Fusion series controllers regardless of version.  However, this module is NOT COMPATIBLE with older relay boards that you may want to retrofit with WiFi communications.  This module requires more power than older devices are capable of supplying.  This device is fully compatible with any “G2” board revision, such as boards marked with Rev G2A, G2B, G2C, etc.  G2 boards are typically black in color with the exception of Taralist controllers, which are also black in color but NOT equipped with G2 revision markings (and not compatible).  If G2 is not marked on the board revision and you are not using a Fusion series controller, this module is NOT compatible.   Newly purchased controllers will include a power supply upgrade, allowing compatibility.  A service charge to upgrade the power supply on older devices may apply when retrofitting this module.

WiFi Bluetooth USB 3 in 1 Module with MQTT Support

Control NCD devices using standard WiFi TCP/IP communications or use the integrated Bluetooth for simple wireless computer to device interface using a wireless virtual COM port.  Use the USB port for control over a virtual COM port for easy connectivity.  Integrated web server allows control of select NCD relay controllers using a built-in non-secure web page.  This is a low-cost solution that lets you try different solutions with easy setup using a integrated Web Page User Interface for all Configuration settings.  Connect to a MQTT Server over WiFi for remote operation over the internet.

Compatibility

For use with 2.4GHz WiFi Networks ONLY.  This module does NOT support 5GHz WiFi.

PLEASE CONSULT WITH NCD STAFF PRIOR TO RETROFITTING OLDER DEVICES WITH THIS MODULE!

ONLY NEWLY PURCHASED CONTROLLERS ARE COMPATIBLE WITH THIS MODULE!

In general, this WiFi module works with Fusion series controllers regardless of version.  However, this module is NOT COMPATIBLE with older relay boards that you may want to retrofit with WiFi communications.  This module requires more power than older devices are capable of supplying.  This device is fully compatible with any “G2” board revision, such as boards marked with Rev G2A, G2B, G2C, etc.  G2 boards are typically black in color with the exception of Taralist controllers, which are also black in color but NOT equipped with G2 revision markings (and not compatible).  If G2 is not marked on the board revision and you are not using a Fusion series controller, this module is NOT compatible.   Newly purchased controllers will include a power supply upgrade, allowing compatibility.  A service charge to upgrade the power supply on older devices may apply when retrofitting this module.

Resources

Documentation Downloads

Videos

NCD Communication Modules and Digi XBee® Devices

This video demonstrates many communication modules similar to the Digi XBee industrial wireless modules. This video shows Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth, Key Fob, RS-232, and Drop Net (Similar to RS485), all of which fit into NCD Controllers equipped to use the Digi XBee interface. Mobicle WiFi Interface provides an encrypted IoT interface Solution. Mobicle Provides a Universal Graphical User Interface (GUI) for all IoT devices.

This video demonstrates many communication modules similar to the Digi XBee industrial wireless modules. This video shows Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth, Key Fob, RS-232, and Drop Net (Similar to RS485), all of which fit into NCD Controllers equipped to use the Digi XBee interface. Mobicle WiFi Interface provides an encrypted IoT interface Solution. Mobicle Provides a Universal Graphical User Interface (GUI) for all IoT devices.

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Product Identification
SKU: PR55-22
UPC: 689860060364
Country of Origin: US
HTS Code: 854231
$29.95

Customize

We Customize Just for You!!

NCD offers many custom IoT electronic design services to help tailor our product to your exact needs.  Whether you are looking for custom firmware, circuit board modifications, metal enclosures, or industrial color printing, we can help you with a wide variety of design services.

Custom IoT Electronic Design Services Process

Most of our users purchase off-the-shelf hardware for initial testing.  Once everything is working, they contact us to build a custom solution which may include specialized changes to the board, firmware, connectors, etc.  Custom boards have many advantages such as reduced wiring, easy installation, small size, less power consumption, and in some cases, an overall reduction in product cost.  Custom IoT Electronic Design Services will have your company name and logo on the board as well as the enclosure.

Customized IoT Electronics

NCD engineers can help build a customized solution for your particular application based on the designs you see on our website.  We can combine devices onto a single board, change the shape, or even some of the components to meet your exact needs.  We also provide turn-key metal enclosures with powder coating and full-color printing on the top side starting at just $500 for setup!  We have more than 20 years of experience in electronics design and manufacturing.  All of our products are designed and manufactured in the USA, so we are here to support the products we make.  We only ask that our customers prototype their needs using our existing products before we customize.

Customization Guidelines

  • Custom designs should be based on our existing product because we can’t build rockets or electric cars over here!
  • We do not provide customization services if it involves the introduction of a new or untested technology.
  • Custom engineering fees depend on your requirements, so please contact us for a quote!
  • We maintain ownership of all designs, including our customized designs as they are based on our existing Design.
  • We will only ship the customized product to you or your authorized agents.
  • We have an NDA available if needed.
  • The turn-around time is about 2-3 weeks.
  • We specialize in low-volume designs, no quantity is too small!
  • We have the ability to scale to large volumes as needed.

Getting Started with Product Customization

All you have to do is contact us and we will walk you through the process from beginning to end, based on your individual needs.  Some people are surprised at how fast we finish CAD design (usually a few hours), but keep in mind, we still have to build your design, which takes considerably more time.  When we customize product, here are the general services we provide:

  • We design the circuit board.
  • We communicate with our customers throughout the customization and manufacturing process.
  • We manufacture surface mount stencils and circuit boards.
  • We program our pick and place machines to build your boards.
  • We build a working sample and run it through our wave solder machine.
  • We test your custom IoT solution.
  • Once the design is finalized it won’t be possible to make changes during production (changes cost money and require us to repeat the above processes)
  • Once it meets all your requirements, we will start production as needed.
  • We work with our metal fabricators to design a metal enclosure if required.
  • You work with our artist to print the top side of the enclosure in full color with your company logo if required.

+MORE App customizations

We partnered with Blynk who have developed the +MORE app.  If you are interested in customization to their +MORE app then we're sure you will enjoy working with them as much as we did.  They can customize the user interface +MORE mobile app at your request.

  • Add new functionality and features to the mobile applications and web dashboard
  • Change/ add data visualizations options

Contact them today for custom App Development!

White-labeled mobile apps and dashboard

Blynk the developer of +MORE has a fantastic team of developers eager to help with your IoT applications.  They offer the following services.

We provide white-label IoT infrastructure:

  • Private IoT cloud
  • Branded mobile applications for remote monitoring and control
  • A branded web dashboard to manage fleet of your devices
  • Big Data analysis with actionable insights
  • Development of machine learning algorithms

Contact them today for all of your IoT cloud needs!

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