Some questions before starting the development

Hello.I’m planning to buy a Connect-ME or Connect-EM development kit but, before diving into this new adventure, I need to know something: Does Digi provide the sources of the ComPort redirector with the development kit? I’d like to make my own application but I’ll need in the future to use the redirector capabilities too. If not, any suggestion other than coding my own comport redirector? What are the benefits of working with uCLinux instead of NET-OS? I’ve heard that uCLinux needs 1.5 Mb of flash while NET-Os just needs 300 Kb. For my application (home automation web server / controller)I don’t need true real-time capabilities. i just need a multi-client web server, 2 serial ports and UDP communication. What is the standar procedure when developing applications for the Connect-ME/EM? I guess I need to develope on the development board with a Connect-ME/EM with JTAG interface and only use modules without JTAG once the code is stable. Is this true? Any other thing that I should take into account before purchasing my kit? Thank you very much, Daniel.

Daniel,There is an optional add-on package for NET+Works that adds support for the comport redirector (RealPort) and allows you to compile support for RealPort into your embedded application and use the standard Digi RealPort client drivers on the Windows or Linux to connect to your device. You may want to also look at the integration kit for the Connect ME and Connect EM. It doesn’t require the uCLinux or NET+Works development effort, includes RealPort, and may meet your needs. You can extend/customize its behavior using a Java applet. If you’re doing embedded development, yes, you’ll want to use JTAG modules during development and modules without JTAG once you’re deploying if you want to reduce costs.

Thanks, John. I’ll look at that add-on package for the RealPort. I really need to code my own application, so, the integration kit is not the solution for me. Once finished my application, adding a COM port Redirector would make a more complet product. Daniel.