I been using particle for a while as hobby , there was point where my hobby get mixed up with my real work , I made demo some time ago using particle photon as modbus RTU master connected to one of the company product, a VFD, with the photon I pull VFD register data to be send to Node-red and also I could make some interaction with Amazon Alexa. I made that demo, and I presented that to all the applications engineers for north america, they where surprised that I was able to present something like that… they liked the idea… but just ended there was fun…
For some reason the factory in the UK contacted me today to know what I did and how… I passes all the information that I have on hand… I mention to them that I may use other platforms instead of Particle to achieve what I did… but particle caught my attention in so many thing that the other do not have, I and not going to enumerate all that, because you already know all the good things that particle have.
Anytime I have chance I will tell anyone on the company that I work for, that instead of reinventing the wheel why not try a platform that is proven to work and solid? and that is Particle.
I will try to enhance the demo that I did some time ago… isn’t far from perfect but it works.
Basically to connect and pull data from our VDF we have 2 ways available.
-Modbus RTU ( the one I use with Photon)
-Ethernet ( some VFD have embedded Ethernet ports) so we may use modbus TCP to get drive parametters and data.
So my question is … if there any experience with any of the particle hardware implementing Ethernet connection, any particular experience is know using the Ethernet to pull data from a device using modbus TCP and at the same time being able to send that data to cloud using the WiFi( which is the side that would be connected to the internet)
Can you point me to any project with Particle that already experiment using for example this Ethernet shield that is commonly used with Arduino?
enc28j60 ethernet shield
Thanks in advanced for any comments…