Description: If you aren’t familiar with the
Electric Imp, it essentially provides an easy, integrated way to connect
almost any hardware device both to other devices and to internet
services. It’s more than just a WiFi card, or even a WiFi module with
processing built in - it’s an integrated platform that deals with the
drudgery of connectivity, allowing you to concentrate on the application
instead of the mechanics. Of course, if you’re developing for it you’ll
need a way to get in there and poke around. The Electric Imp Shield
allows you to connect your Arduino project to the internet through your
home WiFi network. This way, your Arduino can take advantage of the Imp
Cloud service and connect to HTTP APIs.
The Shield connects one of the Imp’s UARTs (Imp pins 5 and 7) to
either the Arduino hardware UART or a software serial on pins 8 and 9.
It defaults to the software serial, but there are jumpers on the bottom
side to set it to the hardware serial. A couple imp pins (8 & 9) are
also connected to LEDs. They can be disconnected via jumpers on the
bottom, if you’d like.
Because the Electric Imp can draw up to 400mA on the 3.3V line, this
shield has its own voltage regulator which is fed from the 5V Arduino
line. Most Arduino compatible boards should be able to handle this
amount of draw but beware that some clones that use less robust VREGs
could see trouble.
Note: This shield DOESN'T come with the Electric Imp card
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