Electronic – arduino – Are there different Ethernet shields available


Beside the w5100 chip powered Ethernet shield, are there shields available with other chips?

The w5100 seems to make a lot up problems. There are many Ethernet related problems documented on several forums. Therefore I wondered if there are alternatives?

Best Answer

Yes, although none of them are quite as elegant as the official Ethernet Shield solution and may not work with all Arduino boards.

One option is the WIZ820io ethernet module at about $20. There's a great discussion on the adafruit forums regarding its use.

A more involved DIY choice is a shield based on the cheap (just $3) ENC28J60. A blog post at Open Electronics details the building and use of the shield while you can buy what appears to be a fully assembled version for ~$26.

There's a well-reviewed shield implementation of the ENC28J60 from DealExtreme that goes for about $18.

DealExtreme has another option (again based on the ENC28J60) that's smaller and not a shield. The board comes fully assembled for $10. It connects directly to the Arduino's SPI pins.

Source: 4 Arduino Ethernet Shield Alternatives