[NTLK] Internal WiFi Project
jake at allaboutjake.com
Sun Jan 3 14:34:22 EST 2016
I'm glad folks are interested in doing a run of these. A few thoughts.
- I made my boards at itead.cc. They're under 5cm x 5cm and I'm happy to send the exact zip file that I used to get the boards made if it will help. There are plenty of places to get low-quantity boards made at an affordable price.
- I assembled 3 of these by hand over the course of the project. I'd have to say that it was stressful because of the placement of the small SMT components by hand. Each time it came out of my reflow toaster oven, I was surprised that it actually worked. Real pick and place tools would probably help in this regard
- I used a stencil made at oshstencils.com to apply the solder paste. I wound up using a light adhesive spray to stick the stencil to the board and apply the solder paste with a flat scraper. I know that this isn't the way that you're supposed to do it, but it is what made the best application of solder paste for me without smudging.
- For those who may be wondering, its best that these are assembled outside of the USA and shipped to folks that are interested in them. The modules are classified as 5A002A.1, and I'm unclear of the export regulations. I actually emailed someone government export expert to ask what's allowed, but it'd be better if they're assembled outside the USA without being encumbered by US encryption law. Regardless, it is something I don't want to get involved with and risk an infraction.
- You'll want to get some antennas as well. I used a 960-FXP75070045B which is the smallest antenna I could find, and I don't really think it is meant for Bluetooth though. 960-FXP840.07.0055B is slightly larger, and is intended for WiFi. They also sell a ConnectOne module with an on-board chip antenna. I haven't tried one of those. The inside of the case is coated with a metallic coating, so it makes antenna placement tricky, but it may be close enough to the top edge of the case, which is not shielded in the area of the dock connector and power port.
On 1/2/16, 2:48 PM, "newtontalk-bounces at newtontalk.net on behalf of Matthias Melcher" <newtontalk-bounces at newtontalk.net on behalf of mm at matthiasm.com> wrote:
>> On Dec 22, 2015, at 11:29 PM, Jake Bordens <jake at allaboutjake.com> wrote:
>> Its the end of the year, and I wanted to wrap up some loose ends on the Internal WiFi project.
>> First, I created a new "port cover" that works with the WiFi board installed. See the picture here:
>> Second, I posted all of the files to GitHub, including the PCB design, the Newton PKG and source code, and the 3D models of the port cover:
>> There's also a model of the original (unmodified) port cover part that you can print if you need one. (You'll want to add supports so that the tabs print correctly)
>Thanks, Jake! This is great news.
>Is the Eagle board two or four layers?
>I have put most of the components into my Arrow account and it comes to around 50 Euros in Europe. The PCB price depends heavily on the number of boards ordered. I have access to a pick and place machine, but I would still need an oven.
>Is there anyone interested in a fully assembled module in Europe?
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