Plug-ins are plugged into the DINGO Base Board to add special functionality to the DINGO BACKBONE
The plug-ins are 40x60mm PCBs that are plugged into the DINGO Base Board (DBB) using 28 pin connectors plus optional 7 high voltage pin connector .
Plug-ins can have external contacts via the screw-connectors at the DBB. Openings for antennas can be either at the side just above the Base Board screw terminals or up through front panel of the boxing (applies only to station 3 of a 3 station DBB).
Third parties are welcome to design their own plug-ins for DINGO IoT Base Boards.
Image shows a 3-station Base Board with all three plug-in slots occupied. Front-most is an internal PSU plug-in. In the middle there is a PINGO plug-in for power-line communication. The third is a WINGO plug-in for low power, long range wireless communication.
This particular setup with one of the DINGO Computers on top, can easily bridge PINGO and WINGO communication.
The GSM/3G plug-in provides the DINGO BACKBONE with Internet
connection, whenever xDSL or similar is not available or prohibited because of security restrictions.
This plug-in can have "on box" antenna or external antenna, via a coax connector "on box".
With this plug-in it is easy to configure DINGO BACKBONE as an Internet gateway or hot-spot.
This plug-in enables DINGO BACKBONE to communicate with any XBee enabled device in the field.
We decided to provide this module first and foremost because of XBee immerse popularity, mainly in home-automation and lighting control.
The DINGO XBee plug-in is provided with a piggy backed XBee module. The XBee module can be any of the XBee or XBee PRO modules from DIGI.
Shown is the DINGO plug-in with XBee S1. We only sell the plug-in it self, excluding the XBee module. It is up to the customer to select any of DIGIs modules.
We live in a very imperfect world. Sometimes there are dedicated wires for device communication. If not wireless communication can be used. Unfortunately wireless communication has limitations too. Building shadows, thick stone-walls and metal cabinets, can stop it. Interference and security can also be an issues.
Then the only communication media left is the existing power-wires in buildings and streets. Narrow-band Power Line Communication (N-PLC) has been known for decades, but also known for being unreliable and complex to use.
We have been using a little known N-PLC technology for over 10 years that stands out when it comes to reliability, range and noise immunity.
This plug-in implements that technology. DINGO software stack implements a so called APDU-to-APDU BACnet gateway for PINGO. By that, devices connected over the power-line ca be seen as BACnet devices. Thereby we hide the N-PLC complexity and make it transparent.
M-Bus is a fast growing standard in Europe for reading consumption meters (heat, electricity, gas, etc.). To respond to that demand and enable DINGO IoT BACKBONE as a M-Bus concentrator, we have added this plug-in to the family of DINGO plug-ins.