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Table of Contents

1 Introduction

2 Getting Started

Appendix A: Further References

Appendix B: Revision History


1 Introduction

1.1 About this Manual

This manual is intended to provide the user with a general overview of TS-WIFIBOX-2 Application Kit, KIT-WIFIBOX-2 Development Kit, and where to go for further information.

1.2 Feedback and Update to this Manual

To help our customers make the most of our products, we are continually making additional and updated resources available on the Technologic Systems website at http://www.embeddedarm.com.

These include manuals, application notes, programming examples, and updated software and firmware. Check in periodically to see what's new!

When we are prioritizing work on these updated resources, feedback from customers (and prospective customers) is the number one influence. If you have questions, comments, or concerns about your Embedded Computer, please let us know at support@embeddedarm.com.

1.3 Limited Warranty

Technologic Systems warrants this product to be free of defects in material and workmanship for a period of one year from date of purchase. During this warranty period Technologic Systems will repair or replace the defective unit in accordance with the following process:

A copy of the original invoice must be included when returning the defective unit to Technologic Systems, Inc. This limited warranty does not cover damages resulting from lightning or other power surges, misuse, abuse, abnormal conditions of operation, or attempts to alter or modify the function of the product.

This warranty is limited to the repair or replacement of the defective unit. In no event shall Technologic Systems be liable or responsible for any loss or damages, including but not limited to any lost profits, incidental or consequential damages, loss of business, or anticipatory profits arising from the use or inability to use this product.

Repairs made after the expiration of the warranty period are subject to a repair charge and the cost of return shipping. Please, contact Technologic Systems to arrange for any repair service and to obtain repair charge information.

1.4 FCC Advisory Statement

This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and if not installed and used properly (that is, in strict accordance with the manufacturer's instructions), may cause interference to radio and television reception. It has been type tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A computing device in accordance with the specifications in Subpart J of Part 15 of FCC Rules, which are designed to provide reasonable protection against such interference when operated in a commercial environment. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause interference, in which case the owner will be required to correct the interference at his own expense.

If this equipment does cause interference, which can be determined by turning the unit on and off, the user is encouraged to try the following measures to correct the interference:

  • Reorient the receiving antenna.
  • Relocate the unit with respect to the receiver.
  • Plug the unit into a different outlet so that the unit and receiver are on different branch circuits.
  • Ensure that mounting screws and connector attachment screws are tightly secured.
  • Ensure that good quality, shielded, and grounded cables are used for all data communications.
  • If necessary, the user should consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for additional suggestions.

The following booklets prepared by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may also prove helpful:

  • How to Identify and Resolve Radio-TV Interference Problems (Stock No. 004-000-000345-4)
  • Interface Handbook (Stock No. 004-000-004505-7)

These booklets may be purchased from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.

1.5 Software and Support

Technologic Systems provides:

  • Free system software and documentation updates available on our web site
  • Free technical support by phone, fax, or email
  • 30-day, money back guarantee on evaluation units
  • One-year, full warranty
  • Linux OS Support

1.6 Conventions Used

Filenames and code statements are presented in Courier.

   Similarly, code blocks or sections better suited for
   plain text display, such as example terminal output, 
   are presented in indented preformatted text.

Commands issued by the reader are indicated in bold Courier. New terms or important concepts are presented in italics.

When you see a pathname preceded with three dots, this references a well-known but unspecified top-level directory. The top-level directory is context dependent but almost universally refers to a top-level Linux source directory. For example, .../arch/arm/kernel/setup.c refers to the setup.c file located in the architecture branch of a Linux source tree. The actual path might be something like ~/sandbox/linux.2.6.21/arch/arm/kernel/setup.c.

Hardware interfaces, such as pin numbers or names, are described by ALL CAPS.

NOTE:

Text appearing in this manner offers notes and/or comments that will aid in your understanding.

WARNING:

Text appearing in this manner offers a warning. You can make a mistake here that hurts your system or is hard to recover from.

1.7 TS-WIFIBOX-2 Application Kit

The TS-WIFIBOX-2 is an Application Kit assembled by Technologic Systems, Inc. The TS-WIFIBOX-2 is made up of three major components: 1) the TS-7553 as the base single board computer or main controller board, 2) a USB WiFi Adapter (currently WIFI-G-USB-2), and 3) an enclosure. The TS-7553 is screwed into the bottom of the enclosure, the USB WiFi Adapter is plugged into the top internal USB port, and the rest of the enclosure including the end cap and top are assembled, enclosing the TS-7553 and USB WiFi Adapter. For images, click on the thumbnail on the main product page or simply click here.

The TS-WIFIBOX-2 already includes all the necessary Linux drivers and packages in order to enable out-of-the-box WiFi application productivity. It is designed to provide extreme performance for applications which demand high reliability, fast bootup/startup, and WiFi connectivity at low cost and low power (about 3.2 watts), such as a gateway or firewall, protocol converter, Ethernet to WiFi bridge, web server, WiFi audio, or unattended remote applications. The TS-WIFIBOX-2 supports connections to unencrypted networks, WEP, WPA, WPA2 encrypted networks, and can also operate in Ad-Hoc mode for multi-node connections.

1.8 KIT-WIFIBOX-2 Development Kit

The KIT-WIFIBOX-2 Development Kit for the TS-WIFIBOX-2 series includes all equipment necessary to boot into the operating system of choice and start working. The development kit is highly recommended for a quick start on application development. The KIT-WIFIBOX-2 Development Kit for the TS-WIFIBOX-2 includes:

  • Development 2GB microSD with ECLIPSE IDE and USB microSD card reader (MSD-2GB-USB-7500)
    • Debian Linux 5.0 (Lenny) Distribution compiled for ARM
    • Full tool-chains (uclibc and glibc) for cross compiling for ARM
    • Utility source code (ie. sdctl.c) and example programs
  • TS-9448 Console Board to 1) bring out TTL level console UART to RS-232 levels and 2) provide a recovery mechanism.
  • Regulated DC power supply and all cables including NULL Modem cable, etc.

NOTE:

TS-WIFIBOX-2 is not included in the KIT-WIFIBOX-2 Development Kit (sold separately).

1.9 Benefits

Out-of-the-Box Productivity

Technologic Systems Linux products get you to your application quickly. Our Single Board Computers boot directly to Linux as shipped. There is no complicated CMOS setup or configuring of a Linux derivative Operating System to source, define, and load. A Technologic Systems SBC user can power up the board and immediately begin application development.

Of course, should you wish to configure your own version of Linux or use a different operating system, this is easy too. Technologic Systems provides the solution to fast application development without tedious OS configuration.

Small Form Factor

The TS-WIFIBOX-2 is packaged in a clean, compact plastic enclosure which can fit comfortably within most spaces when compared to it's full sized PC counterpart. The TS-WIFIBOX-2 measures 139.88mm (5.507 in.) W x 102.02mm (4.016 in.) D x 35.06mm (1.380 in.) H.

A Plethora of External Connections

The TS-WIFIBOX-2 Application Kit offers many connections and buses via the 26-Pin header, such as GPIO, SPI, I2C, I2S, that give the TS-WIFIBOX-2 Application Kit the added benefit of being able to interact with external peripherals and sensors while being wirelessly connected to a network.

Talk with Engineers Directly

At Technologic Systems, our Embedded Systems Engineers answer to both support requests as well as sales inquiries. If you have any questions about the TS-WIFIBOX-2, Linux kernel, distribution, or just questions, they are here to help.

2 Getting Started

2.1 Installation Procedure

Before performing any set up or placement procedures, take the precautions outlined in this section.

2.1.1 Handling the Board Safely

Be sure to take appropriate Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) precautions. Disconnect the power source before moving, cabling, or performing any set up procedures.

WARNING:

Inappropriate handling may cause damage to the board.

2.1.2 Setup and Installation Instructions

Follow these guidelines for safety and maximum product performance:

  • Observe local health and safety requirements and guidelines for manual material handling

2.1.3 Setup Tools

Depending on placement and cabling, you may need the following tools:

  • Small flat-blade screwdriver
  • Small Phillips screwdriver

2.1.4 Setup Procedure

After locating, setting up, grounding, and cabling the TS-WIFIBOX-2:

  • Connect the TS-9448 console board to the 26-pin header and then connect the 10-pin to DB9 ribbon cable to the TS-9448.
  • Connect the DB9 cable to a NULL modem cable attached to your development PC.
  • Apply power to the TS-WIFIBOX-2.
  • Monitor the TS-WIFIBOX-2 using a terminal emulator to verify that the board is operating properly.

NOTE:

Your board might include a screw power connector on the power input. Notice this connector is removable. Please pull this connector off before applying power.

2.1.5 Disconnecting AC Power

  • Unplug from the power source.
  • Disconnect other cables as required.

2.2 TS-WIFIBOX-2 Application Kit Component Manuals

As mentioned in Section 1.7 "TS-WIFIBOX-2 Application Kit", the TS-WIFIBOX-2 is an Application Kit which is assembled by Technologic Systems and is made up of three major components: 1) the TS-7553 as the base single board computer or main controller board, 2) a USB WiFi Adapter (currently WIFI-G-USB-2), and 3) an enclosure.

TS-7553 Manual:

For information regarding the TS-7553 such as handling instructions, setup, installation, software, hardware, and other detailed information, please refer to the TS-75XX/TS-4500 Manual.

USB WiFi Adapter Manual:

For information regarding the USB WiFi Adapter such as setup, installation, software, hardware, and other detailed information, please refer to the WIFI-G-USB-2 Manual.

Appendix A: Further References

Appendix B: Revision History

Date of Issue/Revision Revision Number Comments
10/25/2010 1.0 Released as TS-WIFIBOX-2 Manual