Connecting FileMaker to the physical world

Discussion created by KylePutzier on Jul 1, 2013
Latest reply on Jul 1, 2013 by mikebeargie

I need to read a pulse counted number from some device. The 2 ways that I can think of are: connecting to a standard pulse counter via a serial or networked output or create a device using an Arduino and connect to it in some way.

I have connected FileMaker to a counter (via serial comm) in the past and it worked well. A little expensive though.

I can probably figure out how to make a counter out of an Arduino. This seems less expensive and more versatile.

Either way, I would like to access some device via an Ethernet connection, which I do not know how to do.


What are my options for connecting to the physical world?