Last Update: : Preliminary information subject to change.
April 2016: Preliminary Information subject to change
The Network Host Controller (NHC-5a) is an industrial-grade Android tablet with 10/100/1000 Ethernet or Wifi networking. PiXCL utility and device library software is factory-installed. Decaf boards can be connected via the available USB2 ports, to provide the local control and sensing components.
Software support includes the Decaf HID command set for digital and analog I/O and LCD user interface design.
Commands and data can be transmitted or received via a web application or via an app running on a connected host PC.
The NHC-5a can also act, with suitable local app, a data concentrator.
The NHC-5a has four USB2 type-A ports where any Decaf board can be connected. Powered hubs can be used to connect more boards as needed. A Decaf LCD board can also provide its own local sensor/control user interface, using commands sent from a hosting Android app.
Please note that Decaf boards do not appear as Android Accessory devices.
External Wifi and keyboard if fitted each require a USB port.
A USB OTG port is used to connect to a host PC. Windows 10 will list accessible directories e.g. images and screenshots via this port.
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