The 'firmware' directory contains code for the dev platform(s). Currently that is Pic32, but we will add a new section if and when required.
A fully built RFIDler board can be purchased here: http://rfidiot.org/#Hardware
The main microcontroller is a Microchip PIC32MX795F512L
The project was developed in Mplab-X IDE V3.20 under Linux, but can also be built under Windows & Mac:
The compiler used was the free version of Microchip's XC32 V1.40:
USB stack and peripheral support is provided by [Microchip Application Library v2013-06-15] (http://www.microchip.com/pagehandler/en-us/devtools/mla/archives.html):
and [PIC32 Peripheral Library] (http://www.microchip.com/SWLibraryWeb/product.aspx?product=PIC32%20Peripheral%20Library):
When the Bootloader is running the RFIDler appears on the USB as a HID, and waits for new RFIDler firmware to install in Flash memory. There are several ways of entering the Bootloader, see "Loading new Firmware" section below.
USB HID Bootloader is provided by the UBW32 project
For convenience, a copy of the bootloader hex and an MPLAB hex load project is provided in
The Bootloader client, mphidflash, runs on Linux/Mac/Windows and transmits & verifies the new firmware.
mphidflash v1.3 has some known bugs where for some ROM binaries programming fails and a verification error is reported.
If you hit this problem check for a newer release of mphidflash. Pre-compiled executables for all platforms are available here
Install packages as above.
Clone this repo to your local hard disk.
If you are running Windows, you will need to change the default Linux library to the local Windows version:
UPDATE NEEDED TO THIS SECTION!
(There are bugs in MPLAB X and GNU make such that paths to libraries containing spaces are not always processed correctly, and the default install path on Windows contains spaces so making the copy is the simplest solution.)
If you are running Mac OS X, you will need to change the default Linux library to the local Mac version:
UPDATE NEEDED TO THIS SECTION!
The device can be powered via the USB port, and, if connected to a PC, will provide a management CLI/API via USB-Serial CDC at 115200 baud (8 bit, No Parity, 1 Stop Bit, No Handshaking/Flow Control).
The CLI/API is also accessible via 3.3v or 5v UART on pins RG7 (UART3 RX) and RG8 (UART3 TX), also at 115200 baud.
When you connect with USB for the first time, you may need to perform some configuration steps:
Create a rule file for UDEV to allow non-root access to the file, and also disable modem manager access. An appropriate file can be found in the MPLAB project
under the "Linux Support" tab. Copy this file to
/etc/udev/rules.d and run
sudo udevadm control --reload-rules
This file can also be found in this repo at: linux-support/71-rfidler-lf-cdc-blacklist.rules
Windows drivers can be found in the 'Windows Driver' tab of the MPLAB project
To connect, any serial terminal emulator should work, but we recommend:
sudo apt-get install minicom)
Example linux connection:
minicom -D /dev/ttyACM1 -b 115200
Once connected, hit
<ENTER> to see the HELP screen and switch to CLI mode, or send commands to remain in API mode.
In API mode, all commands are as per CLI mode, and will be ACK'd by a single '.' or NACK'd by '!' if command fails or '?' if it is not recognised. Other output is command dependant.
Enter bootloader mode
LED6 and LED5 will show stable orange light to confirm bootloader mode has been entered.
#~/tools/mphidflash-1.6/binaries/mphidflash-1.6-linux-64 -r -w firmware/Pic32/RFIDler.X/dist/debug/production/RFIDler.X.production.hex USB HID device found: 503808 bytes free Device family: PIC32 Erasing... Writing hex file 'RFIDler.X.production.hex':......[...removed for brevity...] Verifying:.... [...removed for brevity...] Resetting device...
You can verify the flashing via
*RFIDler> version 0071-beta
dmesg should show the following:
generic-usb 0003:04D8:003C.0003: hiddev0,hidraw1: USB HID v1.11 Device [Microchip Technology Inc. USB HID Bootloader] on usb-0000:00:1d.0-22.214.171.124/input0
To flash the code,
cd to the top of the repo and run:
mphidflash -r -w firmware/Pic32/RFIDler.X/dist/default/production/RFIDler.X.production.hex
The device will be programmed and will then reboot.
dmesg should show:
usb 2-126.96.36.199: USB disconnect, device number 19 usb 2-188.8.131.52: new full speed USB device number 20 using ehci_hcd cdc_acm 2-184.108.40.206:1.0: This device cannot do calls on its own. It is not a modem. cdc_acm 2-220.127.116.11:1.0: ttyACM3: USB ACM device
Option 1, v1.6:
curl https://github.com/ApertureLabsLtd/mphidflash/blob/master/dist/mphidflash-1.6-src.tar.gz > mphidflash1-6.tar.gz mkdir mphidflash1-6 tar -zxvf mphidflash1-6.tar.gz -C mphidflash1-6 cd mphidflash1-6 mkdir binaries sudo make install64
Option 2, latest:
git clone https://github.com/AdamLaurie/mphidflash.git cd mphidflash sudo make install64
cd #RFIDler repo mphidflash -r -w firmware/Pic32/RFIDler.X/dist/debug/production/RFIDler.X.production.hex