Windows Embedded Standard 7

Windows Embedded Standard 7 (WES7), is a componentized version of Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system that can be easily configured to use Belcarra's USBLAN Networking over USB solutions.

The Belcarra USBLAN driver  is available from Windows  Update for evaluation (see manual).  Whereas for a standard Windows 7 system connected to the Internet, simply attach a device that offers the appropriate Hardware ID's (VID: 0x15ec / PID: 0xd031), allow the system to search Windows Update and install.  For WES7, the driver must be downloaded separately from Windows Update (download also available) and added to the WES7 image.  

Note: the evaluation version will run for only one hour and then must be replugged to continue use.

Should you need assistance acquiring the .cab file or wish to receive an evaluation version that does not have the time limitation please contact us.

Microchip PIC32 USBLAN Demo

The Microchip PIC32 Microcontroller allows for implementation of a Full Speed USB Device.

Implementing a Networking over USB solution allows a PIC32 based design to connect to a Microsoft Windows system and use TCP/IP network connections using the Belcarra Windows USBLAN Class driver



Belcarra’s implementation of Networking over USB for the Microchip PIC32 is a very low cost networking solution for PIC32 projects, eliminating the need to add an Ethernet chip while using less Flash and RAM resources.

Full details (.pdf) and demonstration kit download link available here.

Using a data proxy for web access

Belcarra USBLAN for Windows allows a small 2-node private network to be established over a USB link from a device to a Windows host.

If the device has a need to access the Internet for WEB requests, then the simplest solution to satisfy the competing concerns of security and ease-of-use is a proxy server on the Windows machine. After a link is established, the device sends web requests to the Proxy Service on the Windows machine. The Proxy Service on the Windows side listens for such requests, and acts and an agent for the USB Device fetching the web pages and content and returning them to the USB Device.

Where is the proxy?

From the viewpoint of the device, the Windows server is the Proxy Server (implemented as a Windows Service). We assume that the application on the device can discover the IP address of the Windows side of the USB link.
For example the Windows System might be at 192.168.100.1 whereas the device itself is at 192.168.100.2. To avoid conflicts an alternate port is used for the Proxy Service, e.g. 8080.

Microsoft Operating Systems,Versions and NDIS Versions

Windows operating system,major and minor version numbers of the operating system support for NDIS versions, are described in the following table.

Operating System
Version Number
NDIS version

Windows 8
6.2
6.3
Windows 7
6.1
6.2
Windows Vista SP1
6.1
6.1
Windows Vista
6.0
6.0
Windows XP
5.1
5.1



Evaluating USBLAN with Windows 8

Belcarra’s evaluation version of USBLAN for Windows is not available directly from Windows Update for a Windows 8 user at this time, but it can simply be installed locally.

First you will need a copy of the Microsoft-signed Belcarra Demo driver.

A downloadable Power Point Presentation is available here.
(free PowerPoint 2010 viewer)

Please note that this is an evaluation version that will run for only one hour at a time. It must be re-plugged to continue use after the one hour expires.

USB TestDrive - Panda

Belcarra supports a testing environment for testing Networking over USB protocols. This paper explains the Testdrive PandaBoard distribution (available here), how to install it and how to use it.

Introduction

For some time now Belcarra has made available a USB test package system for the Gumstix Overo Earth and related boards. This package is ultimately based on the Angstrom system.

The goal of Testdrive Panda is to extend the project to newer systems using the TI Pandaboard. The decision was made to use Ubuntu instead of Angstrom because it’s possible to put a complete development system on board the distribution -- so if you want to test with an additional tool -- just load it on the board either with the package manager or in the worst case build it from source, all on the board, no cross-compilation needed.

However, another goal of the effort was to make this mostly unnecessary. For example, the standard network performance tool iperf is not part of the Ubuntu distro that we used, but we added a source for iperf to the package manager’s source list.

In addition to this, we customized the distro to use a more recent Linux kernel  with a customized configuration streamlined for USB testing.

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