USB Eight Channel Relay Board for Automation
This is relay card with eight relays which is controlled via PC USB port. We have created flexible software for this USB relay board, that allows you to make simple automation project or control from command line. We can provide examples in .NET, Java, VB6, BCB6, Labview, Python. Android software available.
- Brand:Denkovi Assembly Electronics ltd.
- Weight: 0.193 Kgs
This is relay board with 8 relays JQC-3FC/T73, RAS-12-15 or RAS-24-15. It is controlled via USB protocol. The main purpouse of this relay board is to help you building projects regarding robotics and home automation. You may control differenet electrical devices like lights, DC motors, pneumatic cylinders, lasers and so on. Hints for creating user application in different platforms (Visual C++, Borland C++ Builder, Visual Basic and so on) are provided. Each such board require one USB port. The more USB ports you have the more Relay boards you may connect. We have Windows examples for VB6, BCB6, Java (netbeans), VB.NET 2010 Express, C++.NET 2010 Express - please contact with us for more details.
USB communication with computer
Power supply 12VDC or 24VDC - selectable during purchase. (No protection against overvoltage and inverse polarity)
Maximal current consumption:
300 mA / 12VDC
200 mA / 24VDC
8 SPDT relay channels. Relays type is selectable by user during purchase:
- JQC-3FC/T73 (7A / 250VAC, 10A / 125VAC, 12A / 120VAC, 10A / 28VDC)
- RAS-12-15 (10A / 250VAC, 15A / 120VAC, 15A / 24VDC)
- RAS-24-15 (10A / 250VAC, 15A / 120VAC, 15A / 24VDC)
PCB parameters: FR4 / 1.5mm / two layers / metalized holes / HAL / white stamp / solder mask
Extra PCB openings for better voltage isolation
Doubled high current tracks
Chip: FT245RL. Datasheet - here
- Power led
- Relay leds
- Size: 106mm / 78mm / 16mm
- Mounting holes diameter: 3mm
- Weight: 135 gr.
- Supported by DRM software (Windows 32/64 and Linux 32/64)
- Supported by Denkovi Command line tool (Windows/Linux)
- Android software available (low cost but very useful): Yes - New
- Software Examples - here
- High quality
- Low cost
- Free software with many functions
- Control electrical devices according weekday/date/time
- Create timers or pulses with our software
- Home automation
- Open doors and windows via PC
- Aquariums applications
Communication with the boards
Each such board is shown as separate virtual com port (VCP) on your PC. The relay board outputs are controlled by FT245RL. It has 8 bit data output register. When data is sent to the register the outputs are set. Be sure "Synchronous Bit-Bang Mode" is selected! FTDI provides Bit-Bang Mode documentation. See here.
When the board is connected to the PC and/or the PC is restarted, the relays(1,3,5) will be toggled several times. This is because of the structure of the FTDI chip. (You can avoid this if you first connect the USB cable and then supply the relay board)
- There is no protection against reversed polarity! If the +Vcc and GND are reversed the board will be damaged!
- The board is tested with 10 meters USB cable and works fine.
- The board can not work without computer.
Denkovi Relay Command Line Tool
The main goal of this project is to help you to use our USB relay boards easily and without any specific knowledge how do they work. This tool is actually shell for all our USB relay boards and it does not matter which is the relay board, the command is the same. Just type one command and the the tool will set, get relay status or even will take temperature value from the board sensor (if any). It can be integrated in other software and you don't need to know much about how the USB relay board protocol. With this tool it is like a "game" and it takes literaly minutes to create for example PHP script and control the USB relay board from smartphone browser.
Typical applications for this software are:
- Create desktop icons to turn particular relays
- Create BAT/BASH files to make more complex logic (like timers for example)
- The commands can be executed from PHP script
- Control our USB relay boards from Android / iPhone mobile devices
- The USB relays can be controlled from each software/platform which can run external executable files or commands in command line promt
LIST COMMAND - lists all devices connected to computer.
java -jar DenkoviRelayCommandLineTool.jar list
STATUS COMMAND - display relay(s) status(es).
java -jar DenkoviRelayCommandLineTool.jar DAE0006K 8 1 status
java -jar DenkoviRelayCommandLineTool.jar DAE0006K 8 all status
SET COMMAND - set relay(s) state(s).
java -jar DenkoviRelayCommandLineTool.jar DAE0006K 8 5 1
java -jar DenkoviRelayCommandLineTool.jar DAE0006K 8 all 0
java -jar DenkoviRelayCommandLineTool.jar DAE0006K 8 turn 10101010
TIMER COMMAND - exectues time-critical operations. Well known fact is that every time when we run the command line tool the jvm is runned and this takes significant time. Many users contacted us with requests to execute timer commands for time-critical operations. That's why we added such command. It can perform single pulse, many pulses and even cycles with more complex sequences of pulses and every pulse can be with different time (in miliseconds). Please note the state bits must be equal to the relay numer!
java -jar DenkoviRelayCommandLineTool.jar id=1 4 timer 1,1111,10,0000,50,1111,25 //makes all relays ON for 10ms, all OFF for 50ms and all ON for 25ms
java -jar DenkoviRelayCommandLineTool.jar id=1 8 timer 5,11111111,10,00000000,100 //makes all relays ON for 10ms and all OFF for 100ms - 5 times
java -jar DenkoviRelayCommandLineTool.jar id=1 16 timer 5,1000000000000000,10,0000000000000000,1000 //makes first relay ON for 10ms and OFF for 1sec - 5 times
For more information - here
For download - here
Windows: tested on XP, Vista, 7 and 8
Linux: tested on Ubuntu and OpenSuse
Demo video how you can control the USB 8 Channel relay board from command line, browser and tablet the same time because of our command line tool.
The device is supported by DRM Software. DRM Software is Windows/Linux software for controlling all our relay boards. Supported OS:
Windows: tested on XP, Vista, 7 and 8
Linux: tested on Ubuntu and OpenSuse
For more information about DRM Software, documentation and download - here
Download the last version (install package) - DRMsetup.exe
Download the last version (intstall archive) - DRMsetup.rar
USB 8 Relay Manager
This is application that allows the USB 8 relay board to be controlled from your PC. There is two modes - Manual Mode and Timer mode. You may open many USB boards and select wich one to control. There are 8 indicators representing each relay channel led from the board.
Screenshot Manual Mode - here
Screenshot Timer Mode - here
For more information about USB 8 Relay Manager, screenshots and detailed description - here
Download the last version (install package) - USB8RelayManager.exe
Download the last version (install archive) - USB8RelayManager.rar
Denkovi JExtraPack contains 3 applications. Each of these applications are written in Java, so JVM is required. Each application can control up to 10 USB relay boards so you will need of course FTDI VCP drivers. We provide single installation file and everithing is included in it.
Screenshot Manager - here
Screenshot Timer - here
Screenshot Alarm - here
For more information about Denkovi JExtraPack, screenshots and detailed description - here
Download the last version (install package) - DenkoviJExtraPack.exe
Download the last version (install archive) - DenkoviJExtraPack.rar
DAE USB Relays for Android
This is a low cost but very useful android application developed by iSwicth, LLC. The device is supported by this app and at the moment you can control up to 5 devices at a time with a single phone. Please note that an additional USB hub is necessary.
Demo video - Control USB Eight Channel Relay Board with Android Tablet
Demo video with DRM Software and USB Eight Channel Relay Board
Demo Video - DRM Software and 4 x USB Eight Channel Relay Boards
- FTDI web page - here
- FTDI drivers page - here
- FT245RL page - here
- FTDI official page with source code examples - here
- FT245RL documentation - here
- Programming guide for FT245RL - here
- FT245RL Bit Bang Mode - here
- DRM Software - setup.exe
- USB 8 Relay Manager - USB8RelayManager.exe
- Denkovi JExtraPack - DenkoviJExtraPack.exe
- Denkovi Relay Command Line - here
- DAE USB Relays app for Android - here
- Screen with PCB dimensions - here
- Visual Basic 6 - Example how to set the relays
- C#.NET Express 2010 - Example how to set the relays
- LabVIEW 2011 (screen) - Example how to set and read the status of the relays. For download please contact us.
- drcontrol - a command utility written in Python and uses the pylibftdi. Author: Sebastian Sjoholm (email@example.com)
- Python example soure code for Windows (Thanks Peter Bingham - p.bingham at camlintechnologies dot com)