I have several automation project to complete this year. During my research I ran across the Digital-Loggers.com Open Source WiFi PLC. It sounded too good to be true. This one device has all the functionality I need to complete each of my IoT projects.
The digital-loggers.com Open Source WiFi PLC is the jack of all trades when it comes to many IoT projects. It has a ton of features integrated into a great looking custom housing that will save you time and money on your next project. With a price of $89.00 including free prime shipping it is a steal.
Open Source WiFi PLC cost vs DIY Arduino for automation cost
I had the feeling that trying to duplicate the functionality of the Open Source WiFi PLC with a DIY build of Arduino shields and add-ons would cost more then the $89.00 price tag of the Open Source WiFi PLC.
Here is a chart listing the major features of the Open Source WiFi PLC and the cost of the corresponding Arduino & add-ons for a DIY build. It it cheaper to build or buy?
Open Source WiFi PLC Integrated Features
Product required to replicate feature in a DIY Ardunio project
|Arduino Mega 2560 Microcontroller||Included||$18.95|
|2.4” Touch Screen & SD reader||Included||$23.99|
Note the Open Source WiFi PLC ESP8266 has been upgraded from 2MB flash to 16MB flash
|External WiFi Antenna||Included||$8.99|
|Realtime clock with battery||Included||$5.00|
|6 High Power Relays||Included||$10.39*
could not find a 6 relay module so choose 4 to keep costs down
|4GB mico-SD card||Included||$6.20|
|1W audio amplifier and speaker||Included||$17.74* with shipping|
|Total Cost of Open Source WiFi PLC||Total Cost of DIY Arduino parts only||$120.14|
The completely assembled and integrated Open Source WiFi PLC is $31.14 cheaper then buying Arduino shields and add-ons. I can not even imagine the time and effort to it would take to assemble and integrate the DIY shields and add-ons. Then once that is done the time to find, download and troubleshoot all the sketches and drivers. On the other hand the demo sketch included with the Open Source WiFi PLC utilizes all of the feature of the touch screen, audio, WiFi, relays and more. Just having running example code that is fully integrated makes “Hello World!” a walk in the park.
If you have an IoT, automation or PLC project that requires power relays, touch screen, input (a/d), output (a/d), audio or WiFi the Open Source WiFi PLC is the best way to get your project up and running fast while saving money at the same time.
Just a few notes regarding ordering:
I don’t recommend ordering from the Digital-Loggers.com website for two reasons. One they list different prices for the same product. I found prices of $169.00, $139.00 and $89.00 depending on the page which was very confusing. I did notify Digital Loggers about the discrepancy. They confirmed all the devices were the same and I should just order from the $89.00 page. If you are an Amazon Prime member the real reason not to order from them is the $9.55 shipping charge. When you click to order you will be redirected to Amazon to pay and you will be charged $9.55 shipping even if you are an Amazon Prime member.
But if you are an Amazon Prime member and use this link Open Source WiFi PLC you will get free shipping so the total cost is $89.00.