OpenBeacon EasyReader PoE II Ethernet
This new design is the successor of our previous design OpenBeacon Base Station 1 - we redesigned the hardware to use a 32 bit ARM processor, two OpenBeacon RF interfaces and a MicroSD card for local data storage. As we used the open gcc ARM toolchain for this design, we were able to release the firmware of this design to the public. This allows users to customize the reader firmware to support novel low power RF applications. An internal 20 pin feature connector provides great extensibility for custom hardware extension. The reader can be power with Power-over-Ethernet (according to IEEE802.3af) or via mini USB 5V=.
Firmware Source Code
Use the contained "at91flash"-tool to update to contained firmware.
The supplied script depends on our modified sam7 tool: http://www.openpcd.org/dl/sam7utils-0.1.1-bm.tar.bz2
Reader Configuration and Network Setup
Connect to the configuration using the externally accessible mini USB port. Under Linux usually /dev/ttyACM0 or higher is assigned to the device. Under Windows please use the supplied Windows driver to create a COM port. As later Windows Versions don't provide a serial terminal software by default, you can use PuTTY to connect to the reader COM port under Windows. Under Linux the 'screen' program (if installed) can be used to connect to the device as follows:
Often the terminal output will be blank at first. This is normal and you can enter commands as described below.
Enter "?" or "h" to get an overview of available configuration options.
OpenBeacon.org PoE Ethernet II command line help (C) 2010 Milosch Meriac <email@example.com> 'a' - set reader address ('t10.254.0.100' for 10.254.0.100) 'b' - boot again 'c' - show configuration 'd' - enable debug output ('d[disable=0,enable=1]') 'g' - set gateway ip 'h' - show help 'i' - set reader id ('i123') 'l' - red LED ('l[enable=0, disable=1]') 'm' - netmask config ('m255.255.0.0') 'n' - network config ('a[static_ip=0, reader_id=1, dhcp=2]') 'p' - set target server UDP port ('p2342') 'r' - restore original network settings 's' - store configuration 't' - set target server ip ('t22.214.171.124') 'u' - reset reader to firmware update mode 'x' - show system statistics
Configuring a re-flashed reader
By pressing "c" you can view the network configuration. An un-configured reader can be identified by a reader ID of zero:
Active Network Configuration: IP = 10.254.0.0 Netmask = 255.255.0.0 Gateway = 10.254.0.1 Stored Network Configuration: IP by reader ID configuration  MAC = 00:50:C2:AB:10:00 IP = 10.254.0.0 Netmask = 255.255.0.0 Gateway = 10.254.0.1 Server = 10.254.0.1:2342 [UDP] System configuration: Reader ID:0
After entering a reader ID ("123" in this example) ...
.. the reader prints the ID as confirmation:
After entering "s" for saving this information and rebooting we need to reconnect the USB serial port by closing and re-opening the serial terminal application. We can print the new network configuration now by pressing "c". As you can see in the default configuration the IP address is derived from the reader id:
Active Network Configuration: IP = 10.254.0.123 Netmask = 255.255.0.0 Gateway = 10.254.0.1 Stored Network Configuration: IP by reader ID configuration  MAC = 00:50:C2:AB:10:7B IP = 10.254.0.0 Netmask = 255.255.0.0 Gateway = 10.254.0.1 Server = 10.254.0.1:2342 [UDP] System configuration: Reader ID:123