This through course on wireless Arduino communications will give students an in-depth understanding of wireless communications utilizing Arduino with inexpensive wireless transmitters, receivers and transceivers. We will go over most of the popular and least expensive methods, tools, and associated hardware to pass data wirelessly between devices and over networks. Students will learn how to configure, develop, and program these popular and cheap wireless devices to trigger an event or pass data between devices. Students will be able to thoroughly grasp the concepts of transmitting data:
* Arduino data to a PC
* Arduino data to the "Cloud"
* Arduino to Putty and Teraterm
* Arduino to SD Card for Datalogging
* Arduino to ThingSpeak for graphics
Hardware and Tools
315 MHz transmitters
nRF2401+ (Nordic radio Transceivers)
Ethernet Shield based on the popular WIZnet 5100 chip
Wireless Shield based n the popular TI CC3000 chip
UPDATE: Using the ESP8266 12-E to Thingspeak,
Students will learn how to manipulate each of the wireless libraries, functions, and protocols to meet the requirements of a wireless network. we will cover not only simple wireless over the "air" , Students will also acquire the knowledge needed to use wireless Wifi chips and Ethernet to pass data to the web with, and without, a computer.
Hardware parts list
2 Arduino's uno or other model (reccomend Uno or Mega)
40PCS Dupont Wire Jumpers Male to Male 20cm
40PCS Dupont Wire Jumpers Male to Female 20cm
315Mhz RF transmitter and receiver kit
2PCS NRF24L01 2.4GHz Wireless Transceiver Modules
Ethernet Shield with WIZnet5100 and Memory Card Slot For Arduino
WiFi Shield for Arduino with CC3000 chip (LinkSprite or Adafruit preferred)
HC-05 6 Pin Wireless Bluetooth RF Transceiver Module Serial For Arduino
Micro SD Storage Board Memory Shield Module on SPI For Arduino
for future bonus lecture material you can look at and order ESP8266 (01 or 12 model)
Free software to download
Bluetooth Graphics Terminal for Android
ThingSpeak account on web
ThingView App for Android
A demonstration on how to set up the 315 radio transmission unit.
Setting up the DHT11 receiver
An explanation on how to set up the Com Ports on your computer to work with the radio unit and Arduino.
A simple program to send data for proof of cobncept. See .py file for code.
Code to receive our data from the trnssmisssion unit.
Setting up the DHT11 with the transmitter
Sending data with the DHT11 unit and simple transmisssssion code.
Receivinbg basic environmental data with our DHT11 and 315 Mhz unit.
talking bout the VirtualWire.h library with a focus on vw_send and vw_get_message and relevant parameters
sending over a a double array of data
Receiving a double array of data.
Setting up and wiring the hardware on the Nordic Radio Transceiver.
Coding a simple blink example to coordinate transmissions on the nRF2401.
Going over code for receiving the blink single from the transmitting unit of the transceiver set.
Reviewing the code needed to pass an entire structure of data between Nordic Radios
Coding the receiving side of the Nordic radio. This code will receive a whole structure of data elements from the sending unit.
Discussing the specifications of the Ethernet shield and it interacts with the Arduino IDE. Uploading a simple data point.
Coding a more complex example which will uploaded complete environmental data to the ThingSpeak website on the internet and can be used for remote monitoring anywhere in the world both graphically and for data logging.
A Wifi example using the LinkSprite shiled based on the CC3000 chip. See resouces for code and examples
More advanced example utilizing a lot more functionality, implementing your API key from ThingsSpeak.
Explaining what the ESP8266 is about and then comparing the ESP8266-01 to the ESP8266-12E wireless IoT modules.
Showing how to wire the ESP8266 on the breadboard for both the wifi scan code example and the ThingsSpeak example with the DHT11.
Demonstrating how to use the Acrobotix resource page and download the Silicon Labs C2102 UART-USB driver for the ESP8266 12-E board.
Showing how to configure the Arduinio IDE to work with the ESP8266.
Tasks include pointing to the ESP8266 community website, downloading the Board Support Package from the website, downloading the Adafruit ESP8266 Libraries, and configuring the board for using NodeMCU (1.0).
After configuration using the premade WiFi Scan example program to find your wireless networks with the ESP8266
Demonstrating the code to connect the ESP8266 12-E using the DHT11 to the ThingSpeak website and upload your environmental data.
In this part we will create a Google sheet based on your Gmail account and then use our Google script to prepare to receive variables from our WiFi deice sketch to log our data over the web.
In this second part we will configure our free PushingBox account with our Gmail to link the variables from our WiFi Device sketch(Part 4) into our Google Script (Part 1)
Steve Borsay is a Degreed Computer Engineer and electronic hobbyist with an interest in making embedded systems understandable and enjoyable to other enthusiasts of all experience and knowledge levels. Technical training and product instruction available for FPGA's, MCU's, Arduino, EDA, embedded systems, and other technical areas. Also thee Portland Ambassador for Hackster.io. I will try to answer all questions with a focus on student and professional development.