RoadTest: PAN1762 Bluetooth Evaluation Kit
Evaluation Type: Test Equipment
Did you receive all parts the manufacturer stated would be included in the package?: True
What other parts do you consider comparable to this product?: There really is no other devices quite like this one.
What were the biggest problems encountered?: You need a high understanding of program with C++/Visual Studio the even get the device working properly. Drivers were not easily at hand, you had to apply through Toshiba to get the drivers, Windows 10 nor Windows 7 installed the proper drivers to start right out of the box.
All in all my experience with the PAN product was not that bad. I was unable to do everything I wanted to do with it as you needed to understand Visual Studio or a similar program to write a program for the device. I have been successful with pairing it to phones, Amazon Echo and other bluetooth capable devices. Without a proper program there was nothing to do other than connect and check for basic functionality. The device did work for transfer from phone/bluetooth devices to PC quite well, rather slowly which is not a problem for it's power use. The device consumes VERY little power, I had plugged it into a 2600MaH portable phone charger and it took it almost a week and a half to kill it. In the powered on state the device was great for bluetooth bridging, as the low power consumption allows is to be made portable. As far as Amazon Echo devices went, Alexa would pair with it (sometimes) and as far as that went, there is no external skills for Alexa to use it. The PAN product is fully USB 3 compatible as far as I'm aware, it does connect fully to a USB 3 port and transfers considerably faster in USB 3 port. Sadly I was unable to write very many programs to try and experiment with home automation with an Amazon Echo, though I'm sure a slow transfer speed to PC from a phone was probably something to do with my quick program. On that note, natively the PAN is not registered by Android devices unless you enable BLE device support in Developer Options, Apple appears to have no option for this and is not recognized at all. Now we'll get into a breakdown of the pro's and con's.
The PAN is VERY low energy and can be made portable with the right programming.
The device is relatively small in it's current stage.
After tackling proper drivers from Panasonic the PAN was easy to register into Windows 7 and 10.
Loading programs with the tools provided was a breeze.
My experience under Windows 7 and 10 the Toshiba drivers were needed to properly work with it.
There is no "out of the box" functionality (this may have been a problem for some).
Visual Basic is a learning curve if you don't understand it.
Now, what would I recommend?
Obviously being it's in development, there is no "out of the box" functionality nor do I expect it. I would suggest later in time for Panasonic to request functionality with Amazon to open some gateways for home automation, being you can write a program of your own to it in this stage, home automation possibilities are endless. I would say over all I am very happy with the PAN device and the options for it.
The main package.
The PAN1762 came bubble wrapped in an Element14 branded box, stuffed with air bags. There was no sign that the package was harmed.
Sliding out the bottom of the box to reveal the PAN 1762 neatly packed into an ESD bag.
The PAN 1762 in all it's glory from above, photo of the "top side" of the device.
A shot of the "bottom side" of the device.
The size of the PAN 1762 in reference to my palm.
The PAN 1762 in reference to the Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation) home automation was briefly tested with.
A close up of the PAN 1762's BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) module.
A close up of the PAN 1762's Atmel USB controller.
To close my first review, with my pictures now added, I can say the build quality was excellent.