In my house, you can often hear someone shouting “Is the Internet down?” Sometimes it is but most of the time it’s a “user problem”. I decided to build a gizmo that would make it easy to tell whether the internet connection was working or not. Hence the Raspberry Pi Internet Monitor.
The Raspberry Pi Internet Monitor is used to provide visual status of a WiFi internet connection. A Raspberry Pi periodically issues Linux ping commands to a set of web sites and based on the results will illuminate different color lamps in an industrial tower lamp mounted on a laser cut case. If the pings are successful more than 50% percent of the time, the green lamp is illuminated (first photo). If the pings are successful 1 to 50% of the time, the amber lamp is illuminated (second photo). If the pings are unsuccessful, the red lamp is illuminated (third photo).
Adafruit Half-size Perma-Proto Raspberry Pi Breadboard PCB Kit: We put a PermaProto half sized proto board in a blender with a Pi Cobbler and out emerged this very tasty confection – the PermaProto for Pi! It has the Cobbler baked right in. Simply solder the 2×13 pin header in and you get all the labeled breakouts with tons of prototyping space, power rails, mounting holes and that gorgeous silk. (read more)
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Eink, E-paper, Think Ink – Collin shares six segments pondering the unusual low-power display technology that somehow still seems a bit sci-fi – http://adafruit.com/thinkink
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