What is WiConnect
WiConnect provides a secure HTTP web server that
is based on the RESTful API. In addition to the API,
WiConnect includes an example web server application
that is fully customizable. If you’re an old head at web
to WiConnect’s convenient libraries.
I’ve been throwing the words HTTP and web server
around like they’re free. Well, they are free if you have a
TCP/IP stack to back them up. The WiConnect system’s
TCP/IP stack has the ability to operate as a DHCP client
or server, a DNS client or server, and a UDP/TCP/TLS
client or server.
There is also support for the SNTP time protocol
and an SMTP mailbox. If your web application requires
security, you can employ WiConnect’s SSL/TLS and
HTTPS components. Wi-Fi is secured with the normal
suspects: Open, WEP, WPA-PSK, and WPA2-PSK.
The Moray’s Numbat Wi-Fi module is talented
enough to utilize the power of its TCP/IP stack without
the aid of an external microcontroller. The stack is
supported by multiple serial ports and SPI portals. The
API has the ability to mix the UDP, TCP, and HTTP
communications sessions with the Numbat’s native
When it gets right down to it, that’s why we’re here.
THE DESIGN CYCLE
Wi-Fi on the Big Wire
■ BY FRED EADY
68 May 2015
To quote a famous television Marine, "Surprise, surprise, surprise!" Once I figured out what
embedded USB was all about, I included both host and downstream USB interfaces in most
all of my projects. Years ago, I was toying with Bluetooth and poo-pooed it as a fad that
wouldn't catch on. These days, I'm doing live online Bluetooth lectures, Bluetooth columns,
and Bluetooth-On-Your-Phone projects. Wonders never cease.
I was about to poo-poo Wi-Fi modules with embedded TCP/IP stacks as I've never found one
that could act as both server and client in a deep TCP/IP way. In recent editions of Design
Cycle, we've examined the new ACKme Moray development board and I wanted to make
sure we had covered all of its important aspects. I decided to follow the Moray configuration
path that seemed to lead to an HTTP server function. To my delight, I discovered that the
Moray development board we previously discussed can indeed serve web pages in a most
serious way, using an API-based system called WiConnect.
■ Photo 1. I discovered that I can hang a 1 MB serial Flash
IC on the Numbat's master SPI portal. You can be sure I'll
be trying that out in the very near future.