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Old 01/05/2014, 11:57 AM   #1
jc286006
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has any one used a decktop for an aquarium controller

with the relative cheap price of desktops now a days has anyone modified one for aquarium controling


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Old 01/05/2014, 01:48 PM   #2
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The PC would need some kind of I/O card or device in order to do any actual controlling. They are available but for the price of an arduino i don't think it would be worth it. Best option would be to use an arduino that talks with a PC over serial. You can write a GUI or APP that you can use to control the arduino on the PC through serial. I do a variation of this but using ethernet and a web server.


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Old 01/06/2014, 08:47 PM   #3
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I have to agree a I/O card is going to run about $100 I am sure there is some kind of cheap china made some thing cheaper


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Old 01/08/2014, 06:12 PM   #4
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thanks for the replies the reason i asked is i have a cnc wood mill i built that yses an old desktop computer to control it and was just thinking that maybe someone had done something with a desktop to modify it for aquarium use James


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