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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.
You can connect this Hub to your local network over Wi-Fi, or wire it in directly using an ethernet cable:
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.
|Image||Part Number||Price||Cable Length|
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||—|
Before you get started with plugging in and setting up your Wireless VINT Hub, we recommend downloading our libraries from here.
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.
After plugging the HUB5000 in, open the Phidget Control Panel and go to the "Network Phidgets" tab. You will see something like this:
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.
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.
The Phidget Control Panel will list all connected Phidgets and associated objects, as well as the following information:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
2. The Addressing Information window will open. Here you will find all the information you need to address your Phidget in your program.
See the Phidget22 API for your language to determine exact syntax for each property.
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.
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.
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.
For more information on the capabilities of the ports on the VINT Hub, see the VINT Primer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Controlled By||Local Network (Ethernet or Wi-Fi)|
|Number of VINT Ports||6|
|WiFi Frequency||2.4 GHz|
|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|
|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|
|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)|
|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)|
|Operating Temperature Min||-40 °C|
|Operating Temperature Max||85 °C|
|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.
|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.
|Channel Name||API||Channel||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|
|DigitalInput||Visual Studio GUI||C#||Windows||Download|
|DigitalInput||Visual Basic .NET||Windows||Download|
|DigitalOutput||Visual Studio GUI||C#||Windows||Download|
|DigitalOutput||Visual Basic .NET||Windows||Download|
|VoltageInput||Visual Studio GUI||C#||Windows||Download|
|VoltageInput||Visual Basic .NET||Windows||Download|
|VoltageRatioInput||Visual Studio GUI||C#||Windows||Download|
|VoltageRatioInput||Load Cell Calibrator||C#||Windows||Download|
|VoltageRatioInput||Visual Basic .NET||Windows||Download|