After a few months of testing, giving up, testing again, and giving up, my impression is that the WiFi backpack -- either in general, or just in my case -- is too unstable to be relied upon in the long run. I've tried several versions of the Pinoccio firmware, different routers (Apple and ZyXel), security protocols, etc., but still I'm losing connection after a few seconds to a few minutes, where the Scout occasionally checks in at random intervals, finally not checking in for weeks -- until I reset the power on the Scout.
Unless someone else has experienced a similar situation and can give me a silver bullet that solves this, I'm over to thinking ethernet:
So, has anyone tried getting some sort of ethernet connectivity to work? The backpack, according to the website, has a status of "Designed, prototype being built", though I still do not see anything about ethernet in the GIT repo.
How is the Pinoccio / Arduino compatibility, in particularly with regards to the HQ / console integration? Can I just slap a ethernet module like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ENC28J60-Ethernet-module-Arduino-Compatible-/130544874582 on any scout, set it as lead, import and implement the ethernet library, and live happily ever after as if I where using the WiFi module?
Please share your experiences and thoughts.