Imagine being able to control your Arduino projects from anywhere… Yes, this is possible by simply adding an ethernet shield to your Arduino, but you’d have to sacrifice the programming board. Instead of sacrificing the entire Arduino, just transfer your Atmel chip to this ethernet enabled board and your Arduino is free to create more projects.
When faced with the $600+ price tag for his Sensor and Home-Automation network, one DIYer decided to design this custom Arduino board (schematics and PCB layout included) which features an on-board ethernet connection – All for less than half the price of the Arduino plus the ethernet shield. Surface mount soldering is minimal as most of the components are through-hole.
So, why would you want to connect your Arduino to the internet? What a foolish question my friend! Why wouldn’t you want to with all of the outstanding Arduino Projects out there! You could create a network of temperature sensors, automate your house (and control it remotely), or automate the a robotic fridge!