Simplest WIZnet module to use?

I have a requirement for a tiny, tiny module. WIZnet make the W5500 chip, the W7100A chip, and the (even better) W7500P chip with on-board PHY. They are interesting chips because they are 64QFN 7mm² - tiny! I want this so small that I might not even use a MAGJACK: I could solder UTP direct to the circuit board.

To describe my requirements, I will go back to first principles:

  1. Here is a Device connected to a PC with Ethernet:

     +-----+                       +----+
     | Dev | ===================== | PC |
     +-----+                       +----+
    
  2. Here is the same Device connected to the same PC with Ethernet-to-Serial (E2S) and Serial-to-Ethernet (S2E) adapters (with cross-over cable). The Device and PC only “see” that the link is now slower:

     +----+    +-----+     +-----+    +----+
     | Dev| == | E2S | -X- | S2E | == | PC |
     +----+    +-----+     +-----+    +----+
    

    Yes, the E2S and S2E adapters are identical, just pointing the opposite way! I was going to use W7500Ps for this.

  3. And here is what I need:

     +-----+    +-----+    +-------+       +-------+    +-----+    +----+
     | Dev | == | E2S | -- | Radio | . . . | Radio | -- | S2E | == | PC |
     +-----+    +-----+    +-------+       +-------+    +-----+    +----+
    

I have the radios, but they are already nearly too large, so I need the E2S/S2E to be tiny! I also do not need them to understand TCP/IP (which WIZnet chips can - but I can use their MACRAW mode).

I can easily write firmware that:

  • On Ethernet RX, convert packets to a PPP-like payload and send them out the (TTL) UART;
  • On UART RX, convert them from PPP and send them to the Ethernet.

I do not need any of the high-level PPP protocol: no LCP; no authentication; no multilink. All I need is the HDLC-like framing, since I will only be talking to other identical devices on the same radio net. But that means that I need to program the firmware, and I don’t believe that I can reprogram the WIZ610io / WIZ810Sio / WIZ850io cores?

To be clear: this is NOT a PPPoE system, and nor does it need to be. It is exactly the reverse: the Ethernet Device and PC don’t “know” that the “cable” is in fact a serial Radio link.

Although any hardwired TCP/IP chip is overkill, WIZnet chips are small (I could only find 100-pin alternatives). I was going to use the W7100A (I’ve programmed 8051s for years), but the PHY on the W7500P is attractive (and I’ve programmed Cortex M chips before).

Dear JohnAdrain!

I have understood what you need is small S2E module and What you are interrested in is W7500P.

So, I will recommend pre-programmed iMCU - W7500P-S2E.
WIZnet sells W7500P-S2E for people who make small or own module such like you.

For more detail, refer to https://wizwiki.net/wiki/doku.php?id=products:w7500x-s2e:start.

Thank you.