Day: March 1, 2017

Linux Relay Controller using Netcat for Ethernet and WiFi

Linux users can easily control NCD Ethernet and WiFi relay boards using Netcat.  Netcat provides a convenient method for Linux users to send and receive TCP data over a network port, ideal for sensor monitoring and relay control applications.  Netcat is available for free download, users may read more about it here.  This tutorial will demonstrate the steps necessary to use Netcat for relay control applications. Step 1: Finding the IP Address First you need to know the controller’s IP address. The controller sends out a UDP broadcast on port 13000. You can listen for that broadcast through netcat by

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Alexa Garage Door Opener Voice Activated

Alexa Garage Door Opener Have you ever wanted to create a Alexa Garage Door Opener?  This video tutorial demonstrates how to control you garage door, lights, or other devices using Alexa.  This video tutorial steps you through the process, making voice control of any device possible!  This tutorial uses the following resources, all connected together: Amazon Echo (Alexa) The Amazon Echo is a universal speech recognition device that goes by the name of Alexa.  Talk to Alexa and Alexa will send data over the internet to IFTTT. IFTTT Account For this tutorial, you will need an account on IFTTT.  IFTTT will

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API Codec Quick Start Guide

What is the API Codec? If you are working with TCP/IP or Wireless communications, you might want to consider using the API Codec to handle all communication functions.  The API Codec will “wrap” standard commands with a Header, Byte Counter, and a Checksum, which eliminates the need for timeout command processing (the standard method of communications which stalls processing of commands). he API Codec is a faster, more reliable method of communicating to NCD devices, particularly when working with network- or wireless-based devices.  The API Codec makes communications more resilient to errors and eliminates timeout requirements of standard communication methods. 

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I2C Communications Quick Start Guide

Introduction I2C communications is a integral part of communicating to sensors and peripheral devices.  Learning to implement I2C Communications in combination with NCD devices allows users to expand their relay controllers into sensor monitoring and control applications.  One of the greatest benefits of I2C communications is the simple protocol for talking to external devices.  Since many manufacturers generate sensors and chips that support I2C communications, it is possible to monitor and control thousands of different external devices by simply learning a few simple commands. NCD is manufacturing and developing many controllers that support I2C communications.  Most notably, Fusion series controllers all include at

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Base Station Quick Start Guide

Base Station Base Station Software is our reference tool for designing and testing all currently manufactured NCD Devices.  Base Station will assist you in learning how any NCD device functions and will provide valuable diagnostic tools to help determine if your controller is functioning as designed.  Base Station software exercises every supported feature of every supported device.  It is the ultimate reference tool for learning, diagnosing, and testing NCD devices. Base Station software works by communicating with your controller to identify the model and provides the appropriate graphical user interface for controlling and testing the identified device. Things You Will

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ZUSB USB Communications Module Quick Start Guide

USB Communications ModuleZUSB VariantsUsage & Electrical SpecficationsUSB Communications Module NCD USB Interface Modules are shaped to fit the communications socket profile of NCD Fusion, ProXR, Taralist, and many other devices to add USB compatibility to the complete NCD industrial product line.  We typically use the FT232RL from FTDIChip.com for USB to Serial conversion, though we do use a few other FTDI chips on occasion.  The FT232RL or similar chips plug into the USB connection of your computer using a USB Mini connector.  The FT232RL mounts as a COM Port on your PC, Mac, or Linux computers when the appropriate drivers are installed from http://www.ftdichip.com/FTDrivers.htm.

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Relay Logic

Relay Logic is all about wiring up Relays for Logical Switching applications.  This page demonstrates several simple ways to wire a relay for various applications.  Relay Logic provides you with a guide for using NCD relay controllers, and how they can be wired for many types of applications.  Use Relay Logic to control the forward or reverse direction of motors.  Use Relay Logic to control lights using relays in standard applications as well as 3-way switching application.  Our relay logic guide helps demonstrate the best ways to connect NCD relay controllers in real-world control applications. The COM (Common) connection of

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ZRS RS-232 Communications Module Quick Start Guide

RS-232 Interface CommunicationsUsage & Electrical Specifications  RS-232 Interface Communications The ZRS is a popular choice for users who prefer RS-232 serial communications to the entire range of NCD devices.  RS-232 is still a popular choice in industry because of it’s simplicity and ease of use.  The ZRS remains one of our most unique devices, as it fits NCD devices equipped with a communications module socket, allowing any of our devices to use RS-232 serial communications.  The ZRS is available in three popular options, allowing users to fit their preferred installation requirements.  Functionally, all three are identical, providing true RS-232 communication

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(Deprecated – Legacy Hardware) ZBT Bluetooth Communications Module Quick Start Guide

Bluetooth Communications ModulePairing Code: 1234FeaturesUsage & Electrical SpecificationsFrom the Manufacturer:This module is no longer sold by NCD and this guide is here for existing applications that use it. For the replacement module and links to the documentation for it see the product “WiFi Communications Module with Bluetooth USB MQTT“ Bluetooth Communications Module The ZBT is the communication module of choice for users who need a modern wireless communication technology that works seamlessly with the NCD Industrial product line.  The ZBT adds virtual com port communications using Bluetooth wireless communications.  The ZBT fits the communications socket of most NCD Industrial devices, allowing

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(Deprecated – Legacy Hardware) WiFi Communications Module Quick Start Guide

WiFi Communications Module​SpecificationsRange TestingFeaturesFrom the ManufacturerUsage & Electrical Specfications:Setup and InstructionsStep 1:Step 2:Step 3:Step 4:Step 5:Testing WiFi CommunicationsTroubleshootingInstalling USB DriversUnable to Connect to your NetworkThis module is no longer sold by NCD and this guide is here for existing applications that use it. For the replacement module and links to the documentation for it see the product “WiFi Communications Module with Bluetooth USB MQTT“ WiFi Communications Module​ Our WiFi communications module make it easy to connect your office or home network to the entire range of NCD Industrial controllers.  WiFi 802.11 b/g protocols are supported with this interface module, allowing

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