Tuesday, 19 January 2016

If it looks to good to be true.... or Caveat Emptor


Today I had a major upset in the build of this last batch of V2.1 loggers. My usual (reputable) supplier of FT232RL chips was out of stock, so I found a supplier on eBay. Unfortunately the chips were counterfeit.  They looked almost identical, but when plugged into my laptop they reprogrammed themselves, and became non functional.
FT232RL chip fitted

The one on the left is genuine, on the right counterfeit!


It was in the end relatively trivial to edit the driver to function with these loggers, but I'm not willing to ship counterfeit goods to paying customers. This combined with a house move this weekend has severely impacted on my ability to supply all the orders that I received over Christmas. 
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Normal service should be resumed in the next week once the new workshop is up and running.

20 comments:

  1. Hello. Are you still making these? Will it connect OK to a Mac AND a PC, not at same time but as alternatives. How long to get to Texas?

    Thanks, Les

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    1. Les, I'm making a batch right now! Postage to the US seems to take about 12 days.

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  2. And good for either a Mac or PC? Thanks

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    1. And works with Mac, PC and Raspberry Pi.

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  3. Cool. Can u point me to the Paypal link?

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    1. If you look at the top of the page you'll find the page for the Belfryboy Clone USB logger, the PayPal link is near the bottom of that page.

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  4. Just checking you got my order. Thanks, Les

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  5. Hello. Does the assembled logger you sell still need to be programmed by me or is this already taken care of making it plug and play?

    Thanks.

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    1. They come already programmed and tested.

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  6. Did you get my order yesterday?

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    1. On it's way Ivar! Thanks for your order!

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    2. Got it last week and it works as expected. Thanks :-)

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  7. Mine came this weekend. Works great. Do you happen to know if there is any Android app that can run it using USBb to go?

    Thanks, Les

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  8. Hi there, does your logger support version 4.18FW? Also, I tried to purchase one but the Paypal link didn't work. Are you still accepting Paypal?
    Thank you.

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    1. Ali, as far as I know the logger works with all the latest (and previous) firmware version.

      The PayPal link seems to work fine for me, make sure your using the one on the "clone logger page"

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  9. I ordered a Belfryboy Clone USB logger to use with Vantage Vue Console and I will run weewx in a Debian server.
    Can I use a USB over Ethernet adapter to connect the logger to my Deb server ?

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    1. I have not personally tried this method, but I can see no reason why it wouldn't work.

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    2. Tere Raivo! Mul on ilmajaam seadistatud nii:

      Davis Vantage Pro1 -> bellfryboy datalogger -> mikroarvuti OrangePi PC+ jooksutab Armbian 5.14 jessie Debian kernelit. 5.14 toetab FTDI kiipi. Ilmajaama tarkvara on CumulusMX beeta. Serial port real on seadistustes: /dev/ttyUSB0

      Staatiline IP ja ilma monitori/klahvideta sûsteem. Väga tilluke. Cumulus MX jaama tarkvarale ligi saab läbi http ja serveri karpi endasse üle ssh vôi vnc

      Edu!

      S.K.

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  10. Hello! I have just completed small project: bellfryboy datalink clone is hooked up to old Davis Vantage Pro1 and weather data is collected and uploaded by CumulusMX running on OrangePi PC+ microcomputer (Armbian 5.14 Orangepipcplus Debian kernel)
    NB: Important to used this kernel because it supports FTDI chips out of the box.

    Works like a charm. Many thanks!

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