The EthNode – Hardware build

A quick update on the EthNode: I developed and etched a double side PCB for the EthNode last night and have just finished assembling the components. It’s a tricky build as I can’t plate the through holes with my home setup. If it works, I’ll be getting a few PCB’s professionally made!

The PCB developed with good clean traces.  I was trying to make a JeeNode too, put my inkjet printer ran out of ink and the laser version of the artwork was not dark enough.. so I guess I now know that inkjet is the way to go for printing artwork for PCB production!

Here is the top side of the PCB with a few parts added:

Ethnode - Build start

Ethnode – Build start

The back side is good a clean too, and the hole alignment is much better for this PCB.  I converted an old scanner to a light box which made alignment of the artwork quick and easy to do.

Below is a photo of the assembled PCB, you can see more on my Flickr page if that is your thing!

Ethnoe - Fully assembled

Ethnoe – Fully assembled

Another view.. from the MagJack end:

Ethnoe - Fully assembled (MagJack side)

Ethnoe – Fully assembled (MagJack side)

A close up of the only SMD part on the board (the 25LC512 serial EEPROM):

25L512 serial EEPROM memory

25L512 serial EEPROM memory

All the rails (+5 an 3.3V) are good and a quick electrical check with a multimeter didn’t show up and shorts as I guess it’s coding time..


The EthNode – ATMega based Ethernet board

Taking inspiration from the good folks at Nanode and an Instructable I saw recently, I’ve come up with “another” AVR based Ethernet board that can be programmed and used like an Arduino.

It’s a simple design based on the ATMega and Microchip’s ENC28J60 Ethernet controller with SPI.  Running MQTT on one of these will open up a few options for home automation and remote sensor monitoring.

It’s not as complex as the Nanode.  It doesn’t have the Arduino header locations, but all the major pins are available at headers. There is a 25L512 chip providing 512 Kbit Serial EEPROM for MAC addresses and logged data if one needs it. The PCB is only 80x50mm in size!

Here is the schematic:

EthNode Schematic

EthNode Schematic

Here is the PCB layout:

EthNode PCB Layout

EthNode PCB Layout

All the resources (KiCAD files, libraries, etc) can be downloaded here:Ethnode-V0.9.tar

This morning I got a delivery from Farnell with all the parts.. Busy weekend ahead!