Products for USB Sensing and Control
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Wireless VINT Hub

ID: HUB5000_0
Recommended for new designs: This product (or a similar replacement with a compatible form, fit and function) is estimated to be available for ten years or more.

Use Phidgets in your local network with this 6 port Wireless VINT Hub. Works with ethernet or a WiFi network.

$60.00

Quantity Available: 948

Qty Price
5 $57.00
10 $54.00
25 $48.00
50 $42.00
100 $39.00
250 $36.00
500 $33.00
1000 $30.00

The Wireless VINT Hub is a simple way to use Phidgets in locations away from a computer by making them available on your local network. The Hub5000 requires a local WiFi signal and a power supply. You can also wire it directly into your modem or network switch using an ethernet cable.

Each VINT port can perform one of four roles:

  • Communicate with an intelligent VINT Device
  • Read a 0-5V Voltage or ratiometric sensor
  • Act as a digital output
  • Read switches as a digital input
  • The mode of each port is set in your program, allowing for flexible use in projects.

Technical details:

  • Plug and Program - Device is automatically discovered by the Phidget API when attached
  • Built-in Isolation - Maintain system stability
  • Pulse Width Modulation Enabled - Ports in DigitalOutput mode support PWM, useful for dimming LEDs and other simple components
  • Analog Sensor compatible - Each port is backward compatible with both ratiometric and non-ratiometric Phidget analog sensors
  • USB Voltage Supply - Each port has a power and ground pin providing direct access to the USB voltage supply

Ethernet Cables

You can connect this Hub to your local network over Wi-Fi, or wire it in directly using an ethernet cable:

Product
Image Part Number Price
CBL4214_0 $3.50

Phidget Cables

Use Phidget cables to connect sensors and VINT devices to this hub. You can solder multiple cables together in order to make even longer Phidget cables, but you should be aware of the effects of having long wires in your system.

Product Physical Properties
Image Part Number Price Cable Length
3002_0 $2.00 600 mm
3003_0 $1.50 100 mm
3004_0 $3.00 3.5 m
3034_0 $1.50 150 mm
3038_0 $2.25 1.2 m
3039_0 $2.75 1.8 m
CBL4104_0 $1.75 300 mm
CBL4105_0 $2.00 900 mm
CBL4106_0 $2.50 1.5 m

Power Supplies

This Phidget requires a power supply between 8 and 30V DC. Select the power supply from the list below that matches your region's wall socket type.

Product Electrical Properties Physical Properties
Image Part Number Price Power Supply Current Output Voltage Wall Plug Style
3022_0 $10.00 2 A 12 V Australian
3023_1 $10.00 2 A 12 V European
3024_1 $10.00 2 A 12 V North American
3025_0 $10.00 2 A 12 V British
3084_0 $1.50 500 mA 12 V European
3085_0 $1.50 500 mA 12 V North American
3086_0 $10.00 1 A 24 V North American
PSU4013_0 $20.00 2.5 A 24 V
PSU4014_0 $40.00 5 A 24 V
PSU4015_0 $20.00 1 A 24 V
PSU4016_0 $40.00 15 A 24 V
PSU4017_0 $75.00 15 A 24 V
PSU4018_0 $20.00 5 A 12 V


Part 1: Setup

Before you get started with plugging in and setting up your Wireless VINT Hub, we recommend downloading our libraries from here.

First Look

To begin, connect the power supply to the barrel jack on the HUB5000 and connect it to a modem or network switch using an ethernet cable.

HUB5000 Connect.jpg

After plugging the HUB5000 in, open the Phidget Control Panel and go to the "Network Phidgets" tab. You will see something like this:

HUB5000 Panel.jpg


Double click on the HUB5000's row and you'll be brought to a webpage. Select a password and click "submit". You can use this password in the future to access this configuration page.

HUB5000 pass.jpg


HUB5000 mode.jpg

From here, click on the "Network" tab and change the mode from "Access Point" to "Client". You'll have to choose a name and password before saving. If you want to use the HUB5000 wirelessly, you should also enter your Wi-Fi network details here. The HUB5000 should now be accessible from the "Phidgets" tab of the Control Panel.

HUB5000 Panel2.jpg


The Phidget Control Panel will list all connected Phidgets and associated objects, as well as the following information:

  • Serial number: allows you to differentiate between similar Phidgets.
  • Channel: allows you to differentiate between similar objects on a Phidget.
  • Version number: corresponds to the firmware version your Phidget is running. If your Phidget is listed in red, your firmware is out of date. Update the firmware by double-clicking the entry.


If you haven't already, now would be a good time to upgrade the firmware of the HUB5000. Once you're done with that, use the Phidget Control Panel to test your device. Double-clicking on an object will open an example.

Part 2: Using Your Phidget

About

The Wireless VINT Hub provides a stable wireless interface to connect your devices to your computer over your wi-fi network. The Wireless VINT Hub has 6 ports. Each port can either:

  • Connect to a VINT Device
  • Read a 0-5V Voltage or ratiometric sensor (connect to Analog Input sensors)
  • Act as a digital output (control LEDs, relays, digital circuits, and other simple electronics)
  • Act as a digital input (read the state of a switch)

Explore Your Phidget Channels Using the Control Panel

HUB5000-panel.jpg

The Wireless VINT Hub is a connecting point between your computer and device allowing for simple communication. You can use your Control Panel to view your attached Phidgets. Explore the 5 types of connections bellow:

Intelligent VINT Devices

Vint-v.jpg

VINT Devices like the TMP1101 or DCC1003 are Phidgets that digitally communicate with the VINT Hub. Each device will have unique features, so it is recommended you visit the individual product page for more details.

When attached correctly these Phidgets will appear by name in your Control Panel, with each channel listed below the name. For example, when the HUM1000 is attached you will see:

HUM1000 Panel.jpg
Digital Input: read the state of a switch

Vint-di.jpg

Digital Input is one of the VINT Hub’s built-in Channel Classes. Any of the these ports can act as an active-low digital input, making them useful for reading switches and buttons. The above image provides an example of how to wire a switch to be used with the VINT Hub.

If you open Digital Input Mode in the Control Panel you will be able to see the state of your button/switch.

HUB0000-di.jpg

Digital Output: control LEDs, relays, digital circuits, and other simple electronics

Vint-do.jpg

Digital Output is one of the VINT Hub’s built-in Channel Classes. Any of these ports can be used as a 3.3V digital output, making them useful for blinking LEDs. The above image demonstrates how to connect your LED to be used with the VINT Hub.

Open Digital Output Mode in the Control Panel to control the 3.3V output.

HUB0000-do.jpg

Voltage Input: Non-ratiometric Analog sensors and monitoring 5V digital circuits

Vint-vi.jpg

Voltage Input is one of the VINT Hub’s built-in Channel Classes. Any of these ports can be used to read voltage, making them great for reading non-ratiometric sensors and monitoring 5V digital circuits.

Open Voltage Input Mode in the Control Panel to view your device’s output voltage.

HUB0000-vi.jpg

Voltage Ratio Input: Analog ratiometric sensors

Vint-vr.jpg

Voltage Ratio Input is one of the VINT Hub’s built-in Channel Classes. Any of these ports can act as a Voltage Ratio Input comparing the voltage provided to the voltage returned by the device, making it useful for connecting ratiometric sensors. The voltage ratio is reported in Volts per Volt. For example, if the Phidget is providing 5V and the sensor is sending back 2.5V, the ratio will be 0.5V/V.

Open Voltage Ratio Input Mode in the Control Panel to view your device’s voltage ratio.

HUB0000-vr.jpg

Part 3: Create your Program

1. Setting up your Programming Environment

2. Phidget Programming Basics

Part 4: Advanced Topics and Troubleshooting

How do I know what channel, serial number, or hub port to use in my program?

Before you open a Phidget channel in your program, you can set these properties to specify which channel to open. You can find this information through the Control Panel.

1. Open the Control Panel and double-click on the red map pin icon:

The locate Phidget button is found in the device information box

2. The Addressing Information window will open. Here you will find all the information you need to address your Phidget in your program.

All the information you need to address your Phidget


See the Phidget22 API for your language to determine exact syntax for each property.

Setting the Change Trigger and Data Interval

The Change Trigger is the minimum change in the sensor data needed to trigger a new data event. The Data Interval is the time (in ms) between data events sent out from your Phidget. You can modify one or both of these values to achieve different data outputs. You can learn more about these two properties here.

Upgrading the Firmware

You can download the most recent HUB5000 firmware binary here:

To upgrade the firmware, go into the web configuration page as outlined in Part 1 of this User Guide. From there, click on "System", and upload this file by click on "select file" under the "Upgrade Firmware" section. After that, click on "Upgrade and Restart". You'll be instructed to wait a few minutes before logging back into the web interface. When you log in, you can confirm that the new version has successfully installed by checking to see if the firmware version listed in the "Status" section matches the first three numbers in the firmware file name that you downloaded. You can also check the version in the "Network Phidgets" tab on the Phidget Control Panel.

CE Compliance
A clamp-on ferrite bead

For an ethernet connected HUB5000 to be completely CE compliant, you must put a ferrite bead on the ethernet cable. Ferrite beads are only necessary when building the HUB5000 into a larger system that needs to be CE compliant. You can find clamp-on ferrite beads at electronic parts stores such as Digikey.

VINT Ports

For more information on the capabilities of the ports on the VINT Hub, see the VINT Primer.

Configuration Page
Configuration using the Phidget Control Panel

To get to the HUB5000's configuration page, open the Phidget Control Panel and find it under the "Network Phidgets" tab as outlined in Part 1 of this User Guide.

Configuration using Phone

If the HUB5000 is in access point mode, you can access the configuration page through your phone: Connect to the HUB5000 Wi-Fi signal and enter the password on the sticker. Once you're connected, go to your internet app and go to address 192.168.100.1 . This address will take you to the configuration login page.

Settings
  • Status: This section lists the hardware and firmware version of the HUB5000, along with the network addresses.
  • Network: This section allows you to change the network connection settings and switch between Access Point mode and Client mode.
  • Phidgets: This section has the Phidget Server controls(including controls to change the log level and view the log file). This section also contains the Web Server controls.
  • System: This section allows you to change the password, and has other advanced settings including firmware upgrade and system/kernel logs.
Factory Reset (Reset Passwords)
HUB5000 reset.jpg

Pressing the reset button will reboot the HUB5000.

Holding the button down for 10 seconds before releasing will perform a reset. The reset will clear all settings, including the web configuration page password, and reset the Wi-Fi password to the one on the HUB5000's label.

As a last resort, you can perform a factory reset. Only perform a factory reset if the regular reset is not working, or there was an error during a firmware upgrade. Holding the button down before plugging in power, and keeping pressed for 15 seconds before releasing, will restore the original factory firmware.

Setting the Device Label

When opening channels with Phidgets, you can set several properties to make sure you are accessing the precise channel you want. The HUB5000 has a unique serial number that can be used to find its ports or any VINT devices connected to them. If you want something more customizable and human-readable, you can use the device label instead. You can customize the device label by using writeDeviceLabel on the Hub object after it has been opened.

With the device label, you can address any of the VINT Hub's channels, or any connected VINT device channels. The device label will remain after the VINT Hub is unplugged as it is stored in flash memory.

Product Specifications

Board
Controlled By Local Network (Ethernet or Wi-Fi)
Number of VINT Ports 6
WiFi Frequency 2.4 GHz
Electrical Properties
USB Voltage Min 4.5 V DC
USB Voltage Max 5.3 V DC
USB Speed High Speed
Current Consumption Min 32.5 mA
Available External Current 600 mA
Supply Voltage Min 8 V DC
Supply Voltage Max 30 V DC
Voltage Inputs
Number of Voltage Inputs 6 (Shared)
Voltage Input Resolution * 16 bit
Sensor Input Impedance 324 kΩ
Input Voltage Min (DC) 0 V DC
Input Voltage Max (DC) 5 V DC
Voltage Input Noise ** 1 mV DC
Sampling Interval Max 60 s/sample
Sampling Interval Min 1 ms/sample
Digital Inputs
Pull-up Resistance 124 kΩ
Low Voltage Max (True) 1 V DC
High Voltage Min (False) 1.8 V DC
Low Voltage Trigger Length Min 3 ms
High Voltage Trigger Length Min 3 ms
Digital Input Voltage Max 5.5 V DC
Digital Input Type Switch (Active Low)
Number of Digital Inputs 6 (Shared)
Digital Outputs
Series Resistance 510 Ω
Digital Output Available Current 8.1 mA
Digital Output Voltage Min 0 V DC
Digital Output Voltage Max 3.3 V DC
PWM Frequency Max 50 kHz
PWM Resolution 0.8 %
Number of Digital Outputs 6 (Shared)
Physical Properties
Operating Temperature Min -40 °C
Operating Temperature Max 85 °C
Customs Information
Canadian HS Export Code 8471.80.00
American HTS Import Code 8471.80.40.00
Country of Origin CN (China)

* - Voltage measured with a 10-bit ADC, oversampled to 16-bits.

** - Typical noise varies from 600uV to 10mV depending on selected data interval.

Documents

Product History

Date Board Revision Device Ver. Comment
June 2019 0 102 Product Release
August 2019 0 103 Fixed USB bug that caused watchdog reset
August 2019 0 104 Fixed USB bug that caused "IN" packets to get lost
September 2019 0 105 Fixed bug that reported false detaches
April 2020 0 106 Added gap between wakeup pulse and sending data

The above table is for the hardware version and VINT Hub device version. For the firmware version, see the firmware changelog instead.

Software Objects

Channel NameAPIChannel Hub Port
Hub Port - Digital Input Mode
Digital Input DigitalInput 0 0 - 5
Hub Port - Digital Output Mode
Digital Output DigitalOutput 0 0 - 5
Hub Port - Voltage Input Mode
Voltage Input VoltageInput 0 0 - 5
Hub Port - Voltage Ratio Mode
Voltage Ratio Input VoltageRatioInput 0 0 - 5
6-Port Network VINT Hub Phidget
VINT Hub Hub 0  

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Here's a list of all of the VINT Hubs we sell:

Product Board
Image Part Number Price Number of VINT Ports Controlled By
HUB0000_0 $30.00 6 USB (Mini-USB)
HUB5000_0 $60.00 6 Local Network (Ethernet or Wi-Fi)
SBC3003_0 $120.00 6