PoOptoIn

Digital optical isolator | PoOptoIn 16 channel isolation device

Here you’ll get some basic information about optical isolators, how they work, where are used, how they look like and moreover where you can buy a 16 channel optical isolation device – PoOptoIn from PoLabs. What is a digital optical isolator? Digital optical isolator (also called an optocoupler, photocoupler) is an electronic component that transfers … Read more

8 channel relay module board PoRelay8 – first steps

8 channel relay module board PoRelay8 allows expanding the number of outputs of the PoKeys device by using the PoExtBus. It features 8 relay outputs. Up to 10 boards can be daisy-chained over the CAN bus for up to 80 additional outputs. CAN (Controller Area Network) bus is a robust bus standard initially designed for … Read more

Confusing PoKeys57CNC pinout explained

This blog article is mostly to explain the confusing PoKeys57CNC pinout, as some users reported it. There is a myriad of connectors and signals, some are labelled as ‘PoKeys pins’, others are not, some have special function (e.g. limit switch inputs), some are general purpose… Short history of PoKeys devices Let’s start with some history … Read more

New communication options in PoBlocks

PoBlocks just got a set of new communication features in PoKeys57 series ethernet devices. UDP sender enables PoKeys device to send simple messages using UDP protocol on request from the PoBlocks project. PoKeys InterCom protocol on the other hand enables sending data between PoKeys devices. PoKeys (Simple) UDP sender As the name applies, UDP sender … Read more

Updated PoKeys plugin for Mach4 released

A new version of the PoKeys plugin for Mach4 was released today. Most changes have been done ‘under the hood’, the biggest one affecting the MPG jogging with PoKeys devices. MPG jogging is a very useful feature of PoKeys57CNC devices that enables improved control over the CNC machine and resembles the handwheel of a manual … Read more

PoKeys joystick issues with Win7 and Win10 resolved

PoKeys joystick issues with Windows 7 and Windows 10 resolved Many flight simulator builders are using our PoKeys as flight simulator USB interface between computer and ICP panels with buttons, potentiometers, encoders and other actuators. Lately we’ve received some reports about problems with PoKeys joystick with Windows 7 and Window 10 that calibration window is not accessible any … Read more

Mach4 cnc

Mach4 CNC Controller Software with PoKeys

Mach4 CNC tutorial introduction This series of tutorials will help you configure your CNC machine using Mach4 CNC controller software with PoKeys device. Always remember to update your software if newer version is available. Also with newer versions of the Mach4 CNC controller software and PoKeys plugin there is a possibility that some elements may … Read more

Mach3 setup tutorial

Mach3 setup tutorial – first movements

Mach3 setup tutorial summary This Mach3 setup tutorial will show you how to connect everything together and how to configure the PoKeys plugin so you can move your CNC. You can find the previous Mach3 setup tutorial here. Connecting everything together First you must connect the stepper motors to the drivers. This first step is … Read more

F16 flight simulator with PoKeys as USB simulator interface

PoKeys as flight simulator interface

Have you ever imagined that the same device family that is able to function as a fully fledged USB CNC controller can be used in a completely different application, like a flight simulator interface? Look at the following flight simulator (courtesy of Beau Williamson and Christopher Link). PoKeys as flight simulator interface in simulator by … Read more

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