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Sunday, February 20, 2011

RF control from just about any device - Hack a Day

RF control from just about any device

posted Feb 20th 2011 11:00am by Mike Szczys
filed under: linux hacks, wireless hacks

[Miro] is working on a library that will allow you to add RF control to just about any device. The only requirement is that the device be capable of running a Linux kernel, and that it have a few GPIO pins available. One example is fairly straight forward, a Netgear router. Many, if not most routers run a Linux kernel natively and most have solder points on the board for unused IO pins so patching into the hardware is very straight forward. Less obvious and much more impressive is the hack seen in the image above. [Miro] built an SD card adapter cable and uses the contacts in the card reader to bit bang four-wire SPI to communicate with that RF module.

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