Available now from Mouser, Arduino Ethernet shields allow users to connect their Arduino to the internet in just minutes – it is only necessary to plug the module onto an Arduino board, connect it to a network with an RJ45 cable (not included) and follow a few simple instructions to start controlling your world through the Internet, says the company.

The shields are based on the Wiznet W5100 Ethernet chip, which provides a network (IP) stack capable of both TCP and UDP. The shields support up to four simultaneous socket connections. Users can use the Ethernet library to write sketches that connect to the Internet using the shield. The shields connect to an Arduino board using long wire-wrap headers that extend through the shield. This keeps the pin layout intact and allows another shield to be stacked on top.

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