ModBerry M500 Industrial Computer Upgraded to Raspberry Pi 3 B+ with PoE Support

TECHBASE has been making modular industrial computers based on hobbyist boards for several years with products like ModBerry​ M300 IoT Gateway.

ModBerry M500 is another of their model, powered by a Raspberry Pi 3 board and launched in 2016. The company has now upgraded the industrial gateway to Raspberry Pi 3 B+ board, and added PoE support in the process.

ModBerry M500 Raspberry Pi 3 B+
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ModBerry M500 specifications:

  • SoC – Broadcom BCM2837B0 quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 processor @ 1.4 GHz with VideoCore IV GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB micro SD card
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 1.4 and 3.5mm jack for CVBS (composite + stereo audio)
  • Connectivity
    • Gigabit Ethernet (max 300 Mbps)
    • Dual band 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 LE
    • Optional Zigbee, LTE/3G, GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth cards
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Expansion I/Os
    • 2x RS-232/RS-485
    • 4x digital inputs, 4x digital outputs up to 30V DC
    • 1-wire
    • 1x CAN
    • Optional 4x Analog input; 18-bit resolution
    • Optional ExCard I/O modules for more RS-232/485 ports, Ethernet ports, PCIe slots, analog input and output, digital I/Os, relays, M-Bus interface, and more
  • Misc – RTC with battery, watchdog timer
  • Power Supply
    • 10~30V DC up to 1A
    • Power over Ethernet (PoE)
  • Dimensions – 106 x 91 x 61 mm (ABS casing with DIN rail enclosure)
  • Weight – 300 grams
  • Operating Conditions – Temperature: -25 ~ 80°C; humidity: 5 ~ 95% RH (non-condensing)

The company provides an ever-expanding line of ExCard I/O modules, whose list you’ll find in the product brief.  The industrial automation gateway runs firmware based on Linux Kernel 4.0, and supporting CODESYS automation software for control systems.

ModBerry M500 Use CasesModberry M500 can be purchased under the name NPE M500 on website. However, pricing is not public so you’d have to inquire with your exact requirements to get a quote.

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13 Replies to “ModBerry M500 Industrial Computer Upgraded to Raspberry Pi 3 B+ with PoE Support”

  1. > Gigabit Ethernet (max 300 Mbps)

    In reality way less especially in environments with ‘dumb’ switches since the new ‘great’ USB Ethernet IC the RPi folks chose has severe problems related to flow control:

    Fun fact: If you suffer from very poor network throughput especially with WAN connections then the only current workaround is to play around with ethtool and disable flow control or even downgrade to Fast Ethernet to restore performance:

    It’s really funny that the RPi Trading clowns obviously never tested anything Ethernet related prior to selling this new board variant. And it’s even more funny that they blame the chip maker for all the various GbE issues the new RPi is plagued with instead of doing some research first and putting an USB Ethernet thingy on the board that is known to work (e.g. RTL8153). But even then it’s for many use cases just a joke since Ethernet hanging off the same bus as USB storage.

  2. I recomend not buying anything from this company. Our company bought several units from them and they never sent them to us and never answered emails again.

    1. There are many ways to contact us (via email, phone, live chat, etc.). Please state your name & company details and I will personally make sure that the case is resolved. In other case this is just a false accusation and have nothing to do with our company.

      1. I’m from the company IMESAPI in Spain, you can talk with your colleague ******* about our case, he has all the details, my email and phone number. We contact your company several times by email and Contact form in your webpage, but your company never answered.

        1. We’re sorry to hear that. I spoke with Sales Dept. regarding this order. It wasn’t related to ModBerry product, but Moduino series, which we developed few months ago, and we informed about elongate delivery time, since the product was new. When the ordered sample was ready for shipment, you clearly refused to accept the product. Please, don’t use personal data of our sales managers in public, since it violates GDPR regulations.

          1. I knew you would be unable to solve the problem, that’s the way Techbase works. We refuse the order after waiting 6 months for It. European laws allows a maximum of a month, so we have the right to ask for our money back. Your company didn’t return the money nor sent the order, your company committed a fraud and all the proofs are in spanish police hands.

          2. I almost forget it, the delivery time anounced by TECHBASE was 2 weeks before we paid, after the paid was done, the delays started, and after 6 months we got tired of waiting, so we asked for a refund, immediatelly TECHBASE stopped answering emails. I understand TECHBASE is a small company, but that’s not customer care. Lucklily, we’re not using TECHBASE technology for our business.

  3. €280 ish a pop per single unit around the net through resellers. From a quick search. If of interest to others?

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