Build for pyboard with WINC1500 WiFi module

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incognico
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Build for pyboard with WINC1500 WiFi module

Post by incognico » Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:04 am

Hi all,

I would like to use the WINC1500 WiFi module with my PyBoardV11. I have set up an Ubuntu 14.04 VM (my PC is windows) and can build the source for the pyboard with no issues. The OpenMV project has a fork of micropython and a working WINC1500 module.

ref: https://github.com/openmv/openmv/tree/m ... c/winc1500

So I would like to include the WINC1500 source module and do a build for the PyBoard, and am hoping I can get some nudging in the right direction. I am happy to keep fumbling around and experimenting my way through... but would certainly appreciate any pointers too :)

I am not new to the uC world, but am quite new to the "make" process, and uPython, in case that was not obvious ;)

Many thanks,

--Nick

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Re: Build for pyboard with WINC1500 WiFi module

Post by incognico » Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:08 am

Well, I hacked and slashed my way around this for a couple of days and am giving up. At least for now. For every compilation error I fixed, I uncovered (created?) four more :lol: Even when the compiler was happy I have linker errors that I can't seem to figure out.

Any suggestions on a wifi module suitable for a battery-powered uPy device (ie ultra low power features) would be appreciated! :D

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Re: Build for pyboard with WINC1500 WiFi module

Post by pythoncoder » Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:57 am

The approach I'd use, given that the WINC1500 communicates with the host via SPI, would be to write a Python device driver based on Adafruit's C code. Something which would doubtless be of use to others too, if you're willing to share.
Peter Hinch

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Re: Build for pyboard with WINC1500 WiFi module

Post by incognico » Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:10 am

Thanks Peter, appreciate your suggestion (and your micropower notes, while I'm on the topic).

Just to follow this up, I have ordered a couple of WGM110 (https://www.silabs.com/products/wireles ... cko-module) modules which are ultra low power and support WiFi Direct. If I am going to have to write a driver then I may as well get all the features I really want :D

They should arrive today/tomorrow and I will do some testing and see if they will be suitable.

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Re: Build for pyboard with WINC1500 WiFi module

Post by pythoncoder » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:40 am

After posting my above message I looked at the Adafruit code. It's a substantial body of code so porting it will require some effort. Well worth doing, though. Good luck!
Peter Hinch

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