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This is the forth instalment in a series of blog posts to support a RoadTest Review of the ACCESS:bit for micro:bit . The review is being conducted by a student from a high school computer club. Details on how the RoadTest is being conducted can be found here RoadTest Support: ACCESS:bit for micro:bit The Application   The objective for this week was to program the ACCESS:bit and have the barrier move. The student was not successful in achieving that objective. The barrier does not move whe ...
This is the third instalment in a series of blogs post to support a RoadTest Review of the ACCESS:bit for micro:bit . The review is being conducted by a student from a high school computer club. Details can be found here RoadTest Support: ACCESS:bit for micro:bit The Application   This blog post picks up from where the unboxing blog post RoadTest Support: ACCESS:bit for micro:bit Introduction (Research and Unboxing)  left off. After some discussion with the club coach on next steps, I ...
As indicated in the Introduction post RoadTest Support: ACCESS:bit for micro:bit Introduction (Research and Unboxing) this RoadTest Review is intended to be a collaboration effort. The RoadTest review posting ACCESS:bit for micro:bit suggested this RoadTest would be good for a parent and child team. I'm not interested in having any more kids! My thought, maybe the RoadTest would be a good project for one of the Computer Club Students.   I have the role as Coach, in an after hour Computer C ...
This is a blog post in support of a RoadTest Review for ACCESS:bit for micro:bit . I established a format of a documenting my RoadTest process through a series of blog post. The  RoadTest Review itself, is a summary of findings that refers back to the blog posts.That same format will be used for this RoadTest.   This RoadTest is a collaboration effort between a 16 year old high school student, who is a member of an after hours high school Computer Club, and the coach that supports the ...
Introduction:The goal of this blog post is to document my experience with the Omega PCC-SMD connector Looking for 5 People to Experiment with Thermocouple/RTD Connectors .  The exercise was to provide feedback on Omega PCC-SMD-20 connector. This commentary is not a RoadTest Review in the formal sense. I labelled it a RoadTest Lite, meaning I applied the same same diligence required for a RoadTest except the application process was informal.   Review:Documentation for the connector is a ...
I have a number of store bought cables of varying lengths I will test with. I will document those in my review. In addition, I will construct a maximum length CAT5 cable using crimping tools and connectors I have locally.   I have a basic pin out cable tester for CAT5 cables. I don’t have a Fluke network analyzer to do performance checks to prove out my cable assembly skills. I worked in cable plants for a number of years, so I consider my cable construction skills up to specificati ...
I'm doing a little white boarding for testing.   I would like to load the Pi power supply so that it draws the maximum current possible before I go to PoE. That maximum draw state becomes my test condition when operating from the PoE. This configuration would put the maximum strain on the PoE Hat under test. My thought is a maximum CAT5 cable length while under maximum draw is a good performance check for the unit.   Powering LED’s connected to all GPIO’s and taxing all C ...
After I received notice that my application was accepted, I confirmed the requirement for additional parts that would be needed in order to complete the RoadTest. A PoE power supply is not provided as part of the RoadTest. I do not have a PoE capable networking device. It was my assumption when I submitted the application I would need to purchase such a device if awarded the review. Now that I have confirmation it is off to Newark to make a purchase. I don’t have the PoE Hat unit to det ...
My response to the RoadTest application question “Have you written a blog on the Element14 community?” has always been no. I thought I would try and change that answer, by creating my first blog ever, using the Raspberry Pi4B (4GB) plus POE Hat RoadTest that was just awarded.   Before you become invested in this Blog, understand I am a writer by passion and a freelance writer by choice. Writing is both a curse and a joy for me. That doesn’t mean I get pleasure just droolin ...

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