Chapter 4. Look, Ma, No Computer! Microcontrollers on the Internet

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Uncommon Projects’ YBox ( puts RSS feeds on your TV using an XPort serial-to-Ethernet module and a Propeller microchip. Image courtesy of Uncommon Projects.

The first response that comes to many people’s minds after building a project like the networked cat bed in Chapter 3 is: “Great, but how can I do this without needing to connect to my computer?” It’s cumbersome to have to attach the microcontroller to a laptop or desktop computer just to enable it to connect to the Internet. After all, as you saw in Chapter 3, Internet message protocols ...

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