We are pleased to bring you the Mackerel WiFi development board from ACKme! The AMW004-E03 Mackerel dev board provides you with a quick and easy way to develop and experiment with Wi-Fi networking. This board is perfect for embedded applications requiring medium/high data throughput in medium to high volume. On board each Mackerel board is the, fully certified, AMW004 Wallaby module. Using the Wallaby module is a breeze with Mackerel, simply plug the board into a computer using a standard USB cable, connect with a PC terminal application and start typing.
Each Mackerel is equipped with two 2x10 expansion headers, USB Mini B Connector, three pushbuttons (one Reset, two user defined), four status LEDs, and the AMW004 Wallaby module with each pin connected to a corresponding expansion header pin.
The Wallaby module ships with and runs WiConnect firmware, ACKme Networks easy-to-use and reliable serial Wi-Fi networking application that includes an embedded TCP/IP networking stack with SSL/TLS/HTTPS security. The WiConnect application running on the Wallaby module provides easy-to-use ASCII commands to read the state of the buttons and turn the LEDs on and off. Also provided from ACKme is the "goHACK.me" in browser software which adds wireless control to your projects, without programming, providing newer hackers an easy in to wireless interfaces.
If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Noob - Programming will be limited to basic drag and drop interfaces like ModKit or Scratch. You won't be writing code, but you will still need to understand some basics of interfacing with hardware. If you?re just using a sensor, it's output is analog.
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If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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The platform is not very intuitive to use and the documentation is hard to navigate (on-line docs). I've done a fair bit of development using the ESP8266 which has fairly poor documentation as well, but has a large user group that publishes easy to follow instructions and tutorials that can easily be found with simple search terms on the web. If you search for the AMW004, you'll find a bunch of people selling it, but nobody posting development tutorials or instructions for projects or anything else. Only the Zentri web site seems to have any information and it mostly seems to be marketing information, the technical information is difficult to follow. I was able to get it connected to my WiFi and access web sites but the gohack.me website is no longer operational and many of the application examples seem to rely on it. If you are looking for easy to use IoT connectivity, this probably is not the development board you are looking for. If you want to do things like update the firmware, you'll have to buy the proprietary JTAG programmer to use the ZentriOS IDE. I haven't been able to find any other IDE that supports the AMW004. I'm sure that there are applications where this device may be superior to other options but those application are not the ones I design for. For basic home automation and sensor connectivity projects at a hobby level, this is definitely NOT the product I'll be using in the near future. I do plan to continue learning about applications for this device since I own two of them, but so far, it's not making a great impression.