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Fargo is a control and monitoring system utilizing a built-in web server to control your electrical system over internet.

Fargo, Creating Solutions for Convenience
Fargo, Creating Solutions for Convenience

Fargo for Customization

As we design and build our own product, we are also able to create a totally custom hardware device. This may be used to solve specific problems or for installation into a product that you manufacture. Utilizing our standard hardware and software building blocks, we can put together a custom design in little time and at low NRE. This also means that your new product carries a tried and true design with little or no start up difficulties. 

All of our servers are built on the same basic TCP/IP platform providing a more stable and tested product. This stack executes on a 32 bit processor and utilizes standard interfaces making it able to communicate with most internet browsers and devices. Linor Technology is also able to create totally custom web pages for it’s servers. Maybe a look and feel or a special way to present data, we can do the job. New software may be uploaded to fix bugs or add features. This is also customizable if your requirements are outside of our normal features. 

Contact us at : 

www.linortek.com.

Simple Use of Fargo R8 with a Lawn Sprinkler in the Front Yard

This new video shows how to setup up a simple system using a standard 24vac water valve to control a lawn sprinkler in my front yard. I have one of the 24vac wires going thru the #2 relay on the Fargo board. The valve itself is setup on the front faucet of the house. I also use my cell phone to access the Fargo server remotely and then turn the valve on and off. Again a simple install and example of how Fargo can be used. Check it out.

Stretch Goal: Phone Apps

Celebrate with us on Independence Day by claiming your freedom with Fargo.

We are celebrating reaching our goal this 4th of July by presenting a new stretch Goal and new reward tier.

$27,800: Phone Apps

We want to make Fargo more convenient to use right away. If we can reach the $27,800.00 additional goal, we will then start working immediately on the phone apps for both iPhone and Android. This means you may get the Apps when you get your new Fargo R8. This depends on the approval of the apps by the providers.

Independence to manage whether away for work or play.

To celebrate our American made products and the independence they can give you, we are adding a New Pledge. Did you know that as long as you have a Fargo board with inputs it can communicate with another Fargo board? An example could be you're at the office and want a bell to ring when someone pushes your door bell at home. Then use a R4DI or R4ADI with any other Fargo to make this happen. That’s right a Fargo board with inputs can communicate with any other Fargo board.

So to take advantage of this capability with Fargo we are adding a New Pledge, for the Fargo R4DI with the Fargo R8.

Fargo in Media:

For your better understanding of Fargo, We have picked some great articles written in the media for your reference:

CNX-Software.com: Fargo, Ethernet Board for DIY IoT (Internet of Things) solutions: http://bit.ly/17qdyI8

prurgen.com: Internet of Things: Fargo - Creating Solutions for Convenience through Web Control: http://bit.ly/12vFlRU

What is Fargo?

Fargo is a remote control system with a built-in web server to control inputs and outputs. What this means is you now have the ability to control and monitor multiple devices using your computer, tablet or smartphone from anywhere you have an internet connection.

Instant Internet Relay Control
Instant Internet Relay Control
    Relay control webpage, you can control your devices anywhere with a web browser. You can give each device a name so that you can easily manage with.
    Relay control webpage, you can control your devices anywhere with a web browser. You can give each device a name so that you can easily manage with.

    Our USA made devices can control virtually any device using its relay switched outputs, opto-isolated inputs and analog inputs. Made in multiple configurations you can match the required configuration to perform the tasks needed keeping it simple and low cost. 

As well as general purpose units, we have an exciting development path with many vertical markets matching this technology to solve existing problems in complete, ready to use packages.

Fargo R8: Instant web control
Fargo R8: Instant web control

All of our our products have a built-in server which is built on the same TCP/IP platform providing a more stable and tested product. This web server stack executes on a 32 bit processor and utilizes standard 10M/100M interfaces making it able to communicate with most internet browsers and devices.  

Fargo has a built-in web server. You will have access to control virtually any device using your smartphone/tablet/laptop with a web browser from anywhere.
Fargo has a built-in web server. You will have access to control virtually any device using your smartphone/tablet/laptop with a web browser from anywhere.

How to setup?

Easy as pie! Connect the device to your network and it is ready to go. Then use our "Discover" program to automatically locate your device. Click on the item and the web page opens up.

On the relay control page, click the "Edit" button and you can set all the names and parameters for the relay.
On the relay control page, click the "Edit" button and you can set all the names and parameters for the relay.

What can I do with Fargo?

Anything that you can turn on and off, any button you can push, any sensor you have can be connected to Fargo. Our first two units are somewhat generic and future units will have more specific applications. If you have something special you need interfaced, we can help.

The Key Features of Fargo

  • Built-in web server for control over any internet web browser, easy-to-use web interface and no special software or programming required.

  • Built-in temperature and power supply sensor.

  • Email notification of various user selectable events.

  • This page allows you to schedule multiple events. For example, turn relays on or off or read and log values. Our scheduler also allows you to combine events for deeper control. For example, when the temperature sensor is 35°C turn on relay 1 (a fan) and send me an email.

  • Over 10,000 item log. Downloadable and customizable.

  • NTP automatic internet time setting.

  • Completely configurable network settings including but not limited to DHCP, SNMP, DYNDNS.

  • Two level password protection.

  • Ability to directly connect to computer one to one (cross over cable may be required).

  • Program and web page interface are up-gradable over the internet.

Applications

Fargo is ideal for applications that require web control. You can use Fargo to control your home/ office/shop/workshop's electrical devices. The list is limitless. The initial R8 and R4DI devices are generic and not application specific and you can control devices such as:

  • Lighting
  • HVAC
  • Garage door/motorized gate control
  • Security integration and control
  • Irrigation control
  • Motor/pump control

There's many more things you can do with Fargo, For our part, we are developing new vertical market applications based on the same web server interface. These new products will inherit the reliability of web server and provide interfaces to accomplish specific applications. We are also working on WiFi and wireless control devices. More to come on Kickstarter! 

Control Garage Door Over the Internet Video

What do I get?

Every Fargo is ready to run. Our first two products, the R8 and R4DI are generic board level products and come complete with web interface, an internet cable and our specially designed power supply. Plug in the power supply, and connect it to your router and its ready to go.

Use our Discover program to find the unit and you're connected. You can even connect it directly to a PC with an internet connector in a one to one interface and control it that way.

Fargo + Power Adapter + Internet Cable, You have everything you need to make Fargo working for your project.
Fargo + Power Adapter + Internet Cable, You have everything you need to make Fargo working for your project.

What Fargo products will be available?

Fargo R8 – This device is a relay control board. The simplest of Fargo. You can use this board to turn on/off most anything by using it's own relays or for higher power, connect to remote relays. Because it uses relays for control, you can also connect it to switch inputs of auxiliary equipment such as a garage door opener. The uses are only limited by your imagination and ability.

    Specifications:

  • 8 1-Form-C relays, 3 conductor screw terminal connector for each (normally open/common/normally closed)

  • 10M/100M RJ45 Internet interface with connection and activity LEDs

  • 12VDC @500mA (nominal) (110/220VAC input plug in power supply included)

  • 1M Internet cable

  • Reset push-button

  • Control push-button

  • Status LEDs (pulse, bootloader, and locate)

  • Dimensions 74mm x 100mm x 20mm, mounting holes 64mm x 92mm Ф 3.2mm 4 places

    Fargo R4 – Essentially the same function and description as our R8 product, this unit is configured with 4 relays for a lower cost.

    Fargo R4ADI – In addition to 4 relays this unit has an array of inputs, POE( Power Over Ethernet )  enabled. There are 4 opto-isolated digital inputs and 4 analog value inputs. Two of the analog inputs are specifically designed for interfacing to current sensors allowing monitoring of external equipment. Using our clip on current sensors you can easily read the current being used by devices such as a motor or HVAC system. 

    Specifications:
  • 4 1-Form-C relays 3 conductor screw terminal connector for each (normally open/common/normally closed)

  • 4 Opto isolated digital inputs. 2 conductor screw terminal connector for each. Connect the 2 terminals to make input.

  • 2 Analog inputs 30mA 5VDC power source PTC protected. 3 conductor screw terminal connector for each (5VDC, input, ground)

  • 2 Current sensor inputs. 3.5mm stereo jack connector for each

  • 10M/100M RJ45 Internet interface with connection and activity LEDs

  • 12VDC @500mA (nominal) (110/220VAC input plug in power supply included) or POE( Power Over Ethernet )

  • 1M Internet cable

  • Reset push-button

  • Control push-button

  • Status LEDs (pulse, bootloader, and locate)

  • Dimensions 74mm x 100mm x 20mm, mounting holes 64mm x 92mm Ф 3.2mm 4 places

                                      

Fargo R4DI This unit is on the same as above supporting 4 relays and 4 digital inputs, POE ( Power Over Ethernet ) enabled. These inputs are optically isolated (for protection of the server) digital switch closure inputs and simple connect like switch closures to you devices such as magnetic door open switches or floor mat people counters. POE enabled.

Timeline

  • Nov 2012 - Project definition and PCB design
  • Dec 2012 – Initial PCB order and debug
  • Jan 2013 – Start writing software
  • Feb 2013 - Fargo R8 comes alive
  • Mar 2012 - Prototype production R8 (5 pcs)
  • April 2013 - Hardware and software testing, brand design assembly equipment order
  • May - Sep 2013 -  Major software development push
  • Jul 2013 - Components and PCB order, equipment testing
  • Aug 2013 - Pre-release testing, driver finalization, OS release
  • Sep 2013 - First commercial production, packaging, fulfillment to customers

Our goal

Develop an innovative product for a growing market. Give access to control your electrical devices from a simple web interface. Made in multiple configurations you can match the required configuration to perform the tasks needed keeping it simple and low cost. Develop product into clearly defined vertical markets. Provide totally custom hardware device to solve specific problems or for installation into a product that you manufacture. 

    We need your help

    We have spent a lot of time to bring us to this point, our young company is about 18 months old and we are excited to move to the next level. We have purchased SMT assembly equipment from Germany enabling us to make all our products right here in North Carolina. We will have the ability to provide a larger number of different types of products in a a more timely fashion. We can also control our quality better and turn our inventory more often.

    All of this costs a lot of money and we are using Kickstarter to complete our software and web page designs, get a jump on our product roll-out and make developing the second phase more immediate. For your commitment to our company, we are offering you product at a great discount and our efforts to make you part of our team with product rebates, company news announcements and a private email address that identifies you as a Linor supporter. I welcome your comments and ideas. Maybe we can do some special project together with you.

    Rewards

    Each Fargo is packed in a separately anti-statics plastics bag. You will also receive a special 12V/1A AC/DC power adapter and internet cable.

    $10  SPECIAL THANKS from the Fargo team and we'll keep you up to date on all of our progress developing Fargo, you will get priority access to Fargo Kits when they are widely available, You'll also get a $10 rebate when we release our product.

    $69  SUPER EARLY BIRD: 1× Fargo R8 + AC Power Adapter+ Internet Cable

    $89  EARLY BIRD: 1× Fargo R8 + AC Power Adapter+ Internet Cable

    $99  STARTER KIT FARGO INPUT MODULE: 1×Fargo R4DI + AC Power Adapter + Internet Cable

    $109  MONITOR/ CONTROL THE REAL WORLD: 1× Fargo R4ADI + AC Power Adapter + Internet Cable

    $169  EARLY BIRD SPECIAL, 1× Fargo R8 + 1× Fargo R4 + 2×AC Power Adapters + 2× Internet Cables

    $189  MONITOR/ CONTROL KIT: 1× Fargo R8 + 1× Fargo R4ADI + 2×AC Power Adapters + 2× Internet Cords

    $379  MARKETING PACK: 1× Fargo R8 + 1× Fargo R4 + 1× Fargo R4DI + 1× Fargo R4ADI + 4 Power Adapters + 4 Internet Cables

    $1999  CUSTOM PACK: Custom Web Interface + Custom Logo + 1× Fargo R8 + 1× Fargo R4 + 1× Fargo R4DI  + 1× Fargo R4ADI + 4 Power Adapters + 4 Internet Cables

Manufacturing

Linor Technology Inc. is only a little over a year old but we have many years of experience. In fact, we have been building industrial controls since the mid 1970s. There have been many changes over the years and we have kept up to date.

We recently purchased a line of assembly equipment from Germany which we will use in our Winston Salem factory to produce Fargo. This will enable us to have a high mix of products and keep our delivery schedules on time.

We will use the core of our TCP/IP technology on all Fargo products so that each new product is built on tried and true platforms. All in all, we have the experience, product designs and enthusiasm to deliver you great product at a great price.

FAQs

Q. What is Fargo?

A. Fargo is a control system with the internet as its center. It has relays to control as well as digital and analog inputs for monitoring. With Fargo you will have access to control and monitor virtually any device using a web browser.

Q. What can Fargo do?

A. Fargo is ideal for applications that require remote control, such as lighting control, HVAC control, garage door/motorized gate control, security integration and control, irrigation control, and much more…

Q. Where can I buy a Fargo product?

A. Fargo isn't in the market yet, The only way to get one is by making a pledge for one of the rewards we offer here on Kickstarter. Help us to fund our project making Fargo possible.


Q. What voltage does Fargo work on?

A. Fargo works on 12VDC. It's relays are rated at DC and AC voltages and caution should be used when wiring. If wiring to an AC device, such as a heater, it is always recommended to use an external relay rated for such a device. All Fargo devices come with a high quality plug in power adapter together. Some Fargo modules have a P.O.E (Power Over Ethernet) option so you won't need an additional power adapter to run Fargo.

Q. Does Fargo have mounting holes?

A. Yes, Fargo R8 and R4 devices have mounting holes at 64mm x 92mm Ф 3.2mm 4 places

Q. Can other people take control of my devices?

A. Fargo is password protected. A good program of password security is recommended. Future developments of Fargo will include SSL certificates, https and SNMP V3.

Q. Does Fargo have Wifi model?

A. Fargo R8 and R4 are not WiFi enabled. Other products are in the works that will make use of WiFi connections.

Q. Do I need to download an app or install software to control Fargo over internet?

A. Fargo works on almost every web browser on any type of device and works out of the box with the standard software. It is possible to get custom software solutions for your Fargo. New or updated software and web pages can be downloaded over the internet.

Q. I am a manufacturer of an electrical device, how can I work with you to get Fargo to embed to our product control system?

A. We design and build our own product and are able to create a totally custom solution for you. We have a lot of experience supplying OEM customers and utilizing our standard hardware and software building blocks, we can put together a custom design in little time and at low NRE. This also means that your new product carries a tried and true design with little or no start up difficulties.

Q: Will there be a RESTful interface to your web service on the board?

A: We have received a lot of interest in the REST architectural style and have added it to our development process. We do not intend to let this hold up our deliveries of product as all of our product has a built in Ethernet bootloader and we will list new software on our website. You can always update your Fargo software to the newest version to get more features once we release. 

 Q: Do I need to have a coding skill to use the Fargo ?

 A: No coding is required. 

Q: What are the specs on the relays you'll be using?

A: We use a TE PCH-112D2H 12V (or equivalent) relay in this product. It is rated up to 277VAC. But to switch high loads you should use this relay to fire a larger one. Be safe and always wire in compliance with local regulations. The R8 has eight relays, the R4DI has 4 relays and 4 digital inputs, the R4ADI has 4 relays, 4 digital inputs and 4 analog inputs. 

 Q: If we get more than one Fargo unit, will they be able to talk to each other - for example, I get an R8 and an R4(A)DI - can the inputs control a relay on the R8? 

A: Yes, they can talk to each other. 

Q: How is Fargo different from the other products in the market? 

A: There are a lot of boxes on the internet these days. Our experience comes from industrial controls. We have a lot of vertical applications we are working on and our first Kickstarter represents our basic platform. We design and build our products at our North Carolina facility and each product represents a finished working unit. Hook it up and go!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Our goal is to create an easy and reliable way to control virtually any electrical device from a simple web interface. No special software or device drivers required, you simply use a computer, tablet or smartphone anywhere in the world with internet. As we described in “Where we're at”, before entering mass production, we still have some open issues to solve in the next months. Our founder, Mr. Nalven, has over 30 years experience in electronic systems development. He is expert in product design and manufacture. Our first product line is alive, we are working on finishing software and webpages, we have also purchased a high quality set of equipment to assemble the products in our North Carolina facility. We are near completion on our first unit the Fargo R8 and are now in fine tuning and beta testing. Once this is completed we will put our documentation on our web site and deliver our first product. Our product is fully up-gradable over the internet so bug fixes and improvements can always be added.

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  • Fargo is a control system with the internet as its center. It has relays to control as well as digital and analog inputs for monitoring. With Fargo you will have access to control and mon Fargo is a control system with the internet as its center. It has relays to control as well as digital and analog inputs for monitoring. With Fargo you will have access to control and monitor virtually any device using a web browser.itor virtually any device using a web browser.

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  • Fargo is ideal for applications that require remote control, such as lighting control, HVAC control, garage door/motorized gate control, security integration and control, irrigation control, and much more…

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  • Fargo isn't in the market yet, The only way to get one is by making a pledge for one of the rewards we offer here on Kickstarter. Help us to fund our project making Fargo possible.

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  • Fargo works on 12VDC. It's relays are rated at DC and AC voltages and caution should be used when wiring. If wiring to an AC device, such as a heater, it is always recommended to use an external relay rated for such a device. All Fargo devices come with a high quality plug in power adapter together. Some Fargo modules have a P.O.E (Power Over Ethernet) option so you won't need an additional power adapter to run Fargo.

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  • Yes, Fargo R8 and R4 devices have mounting holes at 64mm x 92mm Ф 3.2mm 4 places

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  • Fargo is password protected. A good program of password security is recommended. Future developments of Fargo will include SSL certificates, https and SNMP V3.

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  • Fargo R8 and R4 are not WiFi enabled. Other products are in the works that will make use of WiFi connections.

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  • Fargo works on almost every web browser on any type of device and works out of the box with the standard software. It is possible to get custom software solutions for your Fargo. New or updated software and web pages can be downloaded over the internet.

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  • We design and build our own product and are able to create a totally custom solution for you. We have a lot of experience supplying OEM customers and utilizing our standard hardware and software building blocks, we can put together a custom design in little time and at low NRE. This also means that your new product carries a tried and true design with little or no start up difficulties.

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  • We have received a lot of interest in the REST architectural style and have added it to our development process. We do not intend to let this hold up our deliveries of product as all of our product has a built in Ethernet bootloader and we will list new software on our website. You can always update your Fargo software to the newest version to get more features once we release.

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  • No coding is required.

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  • We use a TE PCH-112D2H 12V (or equivalent) relay in this product.

    It is rated up to 277VAC. But to switch high loads you should use this relay to fire a larger one. Be safe and always wire in compliance with local regulations. The R8 has eight relays, the R4DI has 4 relays and 4 digital inputs, the R4ADI has 4 relays, 4 digital inputs and 4 analog inputs.

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  • Yes, they can talk to each other.

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  • There are a lot of boxes on the internet these days. Our experience comes from industrial controls. We have a lot of vertical applications we are working on and our first Kickstarter represents our basic platform. We design and build our products at our North Carolina facility and each product represents a finished working unit. Hook it up and go!

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