What is VEXnet?
VEXnet is the name for the new VEX wireless system using 802.11g. VEXnet wireless will be used in the following products: the VEXnet Upgrade Kit, the VEX 2.0 Microcontroller, and the VEX PRO (qwerk) Microcontroller.
What competitions will use VEXnet this season?
Most events this season (2008-2009) will use the existing VEX crystal radios. The VEXnet Upgrade Kit will be tested at several Elevation events in 2009. Event names and details will be released in the next months. The 2009-2010 competition season should be mostly VEXnet events. Small events may elect to run crystal radios. The VEX 2.0 Microcontroller will not be used in competitions this season (2008-2009).
What is the VEXnet Upgrade Kit?
The VEXnet Upgrade Kit allows existing VEX systems to be upgraded to the 802.11g wireless system. See this document for more information.
When will the VEXnet Upgrade Kit be available to buy? What is the price?
The VEXnet Upgrade Kit will be available for purchase in early 2009. Price and availability are TBD.
What is VEX 2.0?
VEX 2.0 is the next generation of the VEX Microcontroller that will have VEXnet built in, instead of as an add-on kit. The transmitter will also be redesigned to use USB joysticks. See this document for more information. Price and availability are TBD.
Do I have to upgrade to VEXnet for home and classroom use?
Home and classroom VEX users do not have to buy the upgrade, they will probably find that crystal radios and receivers work just fine in their situation. Your existing VEX transmitters and receivers will in no way become obsolete for home or classroom use.
Do I have to upgrade to VEXnet for competition use?
As described above, most events this competition season (2008-2009) will use existing VEX crystal radios; and no upgrade is necessary. Events in 2008-2009 that use VEXnet will have the Upgrade Kits provided as loaners for the event. Teams will not be required to buy VEXnet upgrades this season.
In the 2009-2010 season, many events will begin using the VEXnet system which will enable the smooth operation of tournaments with hundreds of teams, facilitate more match play and unlock innovative new game play. Each competition event must either be 100% crystal radios OR 100% VEXnet; all competitors must use the system specified at the discretion of the event organizers. VEXnet events will require each team to utilize a VEXnet system for their competing robot (a VEXnet Upgrade Kit or a VEX 2.0 Microcontroller). Many events may continue to utilize VEX crystal radios but all major VEX Robotics Competition events will be utilizing VEXnet in 2009-2010 due to the large number of teams participating.
Will my software programs have to change when I use the VEXnet upgrade?
No, VEXnet is reverse compatible; your existing programs will work.
Can I still use easyC, ROBOTC, or MPLAB to program with VEXnet?
Yes. We are working with all software partners to ensure future compatibility.
VEXnet-Preview-2008-09-15.pdf (279 KB)