Visual Basic .NET - Analog Out Bricklet

This is the description of the Visual Basic .NET API bindings for the Analog Out Bricklet. General information and technical specifications for the Analog Out Bricklet are summarized in its hardware description.

An installation guide for the Visual Basic .NET API bindings is part of their general description.

Examples

The example code below is Public Domain (CC0 1.0).

Simple

Download (ExampleSimple.vb)

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Imports System
Imports Tinkerforge

Module ExampleSimple
    Const HOST As String = "localhost"
    Const PORT As Integer = 4223
    Const UID As String = "XYZ" ' Change XYZ to the UID of your Analog Out Bricklet

    Sub Main()
        Dim ipcon As New IPConnection() ' Create IP connection
        Dim ao As New BrickletAnalogOut(UID, ipcon) ' Create device object

        ipcon.Connect(HOST, PORT) ' Connect to brickd
        ' Don't use device before ipcon is connected

        ' Set output voltage to 3.3V
        ao.SetVoltage(3300)

        Console.WriteLine("Press key to exit")
        Console.ReadLine()
        ipcon.Disconnect()
    End Sub
End Module

API

Since Visual Basic .NET does not support multiple return values directly, we use the ByRef keyword to return multiple values from a function.

All functions and procedures listed below are thread-safe.

Basic Functions

Class BrickletAnalogOut(ByVal uid As String, ByVal ipcon As IPConnection)

Creates an object with the unique device ID uid:

Dim analogOut As New BrickletAnalogOut("YOUR_DEVICE_UID", ipcon)

This object can then be used after the IP Connection is connected (see examples above).

Sub BrickletAnalogOut.SetVoltage(ByVal voltage As Integer)

Sets the voltage in mV. The possible range is 0V to 5V (0-5000). Calling this function will set the mode to 0 (see SetMode()).

The default value is 0 (with mode 1).

Function BrickletAnalogOut.GetVoltage() As Integer

Returns the voltage as set by SetVoltage().

Sub BrickletAnalogOut.SetMode(ByVal mode As Byte)

Sets the mode of the analog value. Possible modes:

  • 0: Normal Mode (Analog value as set by SetVoltage() is applied)
  • 1: 1k Ohm resistor to ground
  • 2: 100k Ohm resistor to ground
  • 3: 500k Ohm resistor to ground

Setting the mode to 0 will result in an output voltage of 0. You can jump to a higher output voltage directly by calling SetVoltage().

The default mode is 1.

The following constants are available for this function:

  • BrickletAnalogOut.MODE_ANALOG_VALUE = 0
  • BrickletAnalogOut.MODE_1K_TO_GROUND = 1
  • BrickletAnalogOut.MODE_100K_TO_GROUND = 2
  • BrickletAnalogOut.MODE_500K_TO_GROUND = 3
Function BrickletAnalogOut.GetMode() As Byte

Returns the mode as set by SetMode().

The following constants are available for this function:

  • BrickletAnalogOut.MODE_ANALOG_VALUE = 0
  • BrickletAnalogOut.MODE_1K_TO_GROUND = 1
  • BrickletAnalogOut.MODE_100K_TO_GROUND = 2
  • BrickletAnalogOut.MODE_500K_TO_GROUND = 3

Advanced Functions

Function BrickletAnalogOut.GetAPIVersion() As Byte()

Returns the version of the API definition (major, minor, revision) implemented by this API bindings. This is neither the release version of this API bindings nor does it tell you anything about the represented Brick or Bricklet.

Function BrickletAnalogOut.GetResponseExpected(ByVal functionId As Byte) As Boolean

Returns the response expected flag for the function specified by the function ID parameter. It is true if the function is expected to send a response, false otherwise.

For getter functions this is enabled by default and cannot be disabled, because those functions will always send a response. For callback configuration functions it is enabled by default too, but can be disabled by SetResponseExpected(). For setter functions it is disabled by default and can be enabled.

Enabling the response expected flag for a setter function allows to detect timeouts and other error conditions calls of this setter as well. The device will then send a response for this purpose. If this flag is disabled for a setter function then no response is send and errors are silently ignored, because they cannot be detected.

See SetResponseExpected() for the list of function ID constants available for this function.

Sub BrickletAnalogOut.SetResponseExpected(ByVal functionId As Byte, ByVal responseExpected As Boolean)

Changes the response expected flag of the function specified by the function ID parameter. This flag can only be changed for setter (default value: false) and callback configuration functions (default value: true). For getter functions it is always enabled.

Enabling the response expected flag for a setter function allows to detect timeouts and other error conditions calls of this setter as well. The device will then send a response for this purpose. If this flag is disabled for a setter function then no response is send and errors are silently ignored, because they cannot be detected.

The following function ID constants are available for this function:

  • BrickletAnalogOut.FUNCTION_SET_VOLTAGE = 1
  • BrickletAnalogOut.FUNCTION_SET_MODE = 3
Sub BrickletAnalogOut.SetResponseExpectedAll(ByVal responseExpected As Boolean)

Changes the response expected flag for all setter and callback configuration functions of this device at once.

Sub BrickletAnalogOut.GetIdentity(ByRef uid As String, ByRef connectedUid As String, ByRef position As Char, ByRef hardwareVersion() As Byte, ByRef firmwareVersion() As Byte, ByRef deviceIdentifier As Integer)

Returns the UID, the UID where the Bricklet is connected to, the position, the hardware and firmware version as well as the device identifier.

The position can be 'a', 'b', 'c' or 'd'.

The device identifier numbers can be found here. There is also a constant for the device identifier of this Bricklet.

Constants

Const BrickletAnalogOut.DEVICE_IDENTIFIER

This constant is used to identify a Analog Out Bricklet.

The GetIdentity() function and the IPConnection.EnumerateCallback callback of the IP Connection have a deviceIdentifier parameter to specify the Brick's or Bricklet's type.

Const BrickletAnalogOut.DEVICE_DISPLAY_NAME

This constant represents the human readable name of a Analog Out Bricklet.