This is the CUhead Pro, a WiFi/Ethernet Arduino shield with Airplay and DLNA audio and also acts as an access point for WiFi devices. It also makes julienne fries! Alright, that last one may have been a stretch but with this shield you WILL be able to wirelessly push music and other sounds from your iOS and Android device and more. With very minimal work and programming you can have this versatile little guy up and running in no time. As the CUhead Pro is a shield, simply plug it into your Arduino based dev board and start transmitting.
The CUhead Pro is equipped with USB-A port, RJ45 ethernet port (just in case there isn’t a WiFi signal), and a 3.5mm audio jack. It is important to note that on this shield the USB host is reversed for future firmware updates. An interesting feature about the CUhead Pro is the detachable WiFi module with an RT5350 SoC chip from Ralink. The RT5350 SoC combines Ralink’s IEEE 802.11n draft compliant 1T1R MAC/BBP/PA/RF, a high performance 360 MHz MIPS24KEc CPU core, a 5-port integrated 10/100 Ethernet switch/PHY and a USB host/device.
Note: LinkSprite has completed working on OpenWRT support! Check the link in the Documents section below for more information.
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Skill Level: Rookie - You will need a better fundamental understand of what code is, and how it works. You will be using beginner-level software and development tools like Arduino. You will be dealing directly with code, but numerous examples and libraries are available. Sensors or shields will communicate with serial or TTL.
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Bought this thing because I am making an amplifier board for a project. Needed a good way to build Airplay function into it without having to go through some kind of external dongle.
This thing powers up and works great right out of the box. Super-easy to configure it to join your network, and it immediately shows up as an Airplay device on your devices. Literally 30 seconds it takes to get up and running.
It’s very susceptible to power supply noise, so make sure your power supply has no audio-frequency switching noise, or post-regulator with an LDO before feeding power to this board. The DAC has essentially no PSRR, hence minus one star.
The CUhead Pro does everything it says and more. My planned use was to mostly use the wifi module without the Arduino shield, but to have the shield capability for the future, so I bought a pair of Molex PicoBlade 1.25mm connectors/wires to provide power input and audio output and a 6dBi omni-directional antenna to connect for better range. I am using this to stream music from our Android tablets to our backyard.
I will probably buy more.