ESP8266 on NodeMCU Amica Board with DHT22 sensor and battery power

Domoticz part 3: ESP Easy – quick and easy sensor for weather station using ESP8266

ESP8266 has become so popular that a beginner can choose from multitude of projects/firmwares and then – just start using them. Advanced IoT adopters will praise it’s quick implementation and stability. Today we will check out the Richard Ten Klooster’s project ESPEasy – https://github.com/ESP8266nu/ESPEasy. Basically ESPEasy is a firmware that can be flashed onto ESP8266 – preferably ESP-12E or ESP-12F and right after boot – we can join it’s WiFi access point (AP) to configure it via web interface. No console needed. Then, it is…

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Raspberry Pi B+, ds18b20, ESP8266

Domoticz part 2: WiFi remote thermometer for weather station, dual digit precision – it’s ESP8266 for beginners

Last time we installed Domoticz, and soon we will move to Z-Wave, but first – let’s take a look at fantastic little gadget: ESP8266 What is an ESP8266? ESP8266 (also called  ESP here) is a SoC – System on a Chip, which in our case is – CPU/RAM/FLASH with GPIO and WiFi interface – so another mini komputer with wireless interface. You can think of it as scaled down version of Raspberry Pi, less power hungry, but with own WLAN and a lot (minimum 2)…

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Raspberyy Pi B+

OpenVPN Raspberry Pi – split-tunnel with Internet access

Would you like to connect from any place, usually using open WiFi network in town, at friends or airport – with your’re own home network? Virtual Private Network (VPN) is here to allow you to log-in securely to your home network, with additional perk of using it to get secure Internet access. What will you need? Hardware: Rapberry Pi (A, A+ or B, B+, 2, Zero) Home Router with Port Forwarding or Virtual Server support – any will do Software: Raspbian – standard Linux distribution for…

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Domoticz on PI with relay

Domoticz part 1: Relays, magnetic sensors, Wake-on-LAN and Z-Wave – Domoticz with Imperi Home serving your house

This entry was initially about single and simple purpose: how to quickly develop a solution that would open gate or garadge door by simulating the remote’s operation mode – pressing a button – but using smartphone, tablet, web browser, app. Domoticz is such an overkill and also blessing for such project – that it evolved into a lot of small sub-projects – more or less andvanced. Direct inspiration was another entry by colleague on  MalinowePi Facebook group – Roman Kubat, who showed ImperiHome. This application has great interface but…

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Light effect for any device with Video output based on raspbmc or OpenELEC and RaspberryPi

“Good news, everyone!”. If you succeeded in creating light effect using the previous entry:  https://blog.jokielowie.com/en/2014/02/efekt-swietlny-dla-media-playera-operatego-o-raspberty-pi/ you must’ve noticed that it’s limited to the content being played by raspbmc or OpenELEC. Luckily thanks to constant development by hyperion’s creator (tvdzwan) we’ve just got ability to use the effect with other devices that have video output the http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Composite_video. Usually modern STB, Blu-Ray player or amplituners sport a SCART output or the yellow colored ‘Video’ output. What is important – they allow both HDMI and Composite video outputs to…

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Pi with Light Effect

Light effect for Raspberry Pi based media player – raspbmc or OpenELEC/LibreELEC

Raspberry Pi can be easily used as media player. We can choose from many variations, but the one I’d like to focus on is Raspbmc based on XBMC. Raspbmc with hyperion has ability to drive RGB LED strip or daisychain using Raspberry Pi. The important part is that it will lit the RGB LEDs accordingly to the screen borders in realtime. It’s used to make the visible part of the picture more vivid and extend it beyond the display, and it’s simply quite cool: So,…

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2xSDR Pi

SDR using Raspberry Pi: Tracking airplanes above our heads – recieving ADS-B data with visualization using DVB-T dongle

  Note: There’s a newer version of this entry – updated with latest tests, much easier to install: https://blog.jokielowie.com/en/2017/01/sledzimy-samoloty-cz-2-ads-b-i-mlat-najtanszy-odbiornik-dla-flightaware-oraz-flightradar-24/. Last time I’ve shared with you the Raspberry Pi “computer for a buck”. Unless you’re are learning Python or playing Minecraft – or better – you’re already bored – I have a new thing fro you. It’s a very nice idea that you can use as your graduation or school project – and it’s all about tracking airplanes high in the sky. From hardware point – you will need a DVB-T/DAB USB dongle…

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RaspberryPI – best & cheapest computer out there for everybody

 There’s no doubt that non-profit organization behind http://www.raspberrypi.org/, the $25  computer (well let’s just say $35 + some xtras) had a huge success and is the next big thing for every computer enthusiast. Raspberry Pi is a full blown computer based on the ARM  architecture  that allows to run different sorts of operating systems. Today we have a choice of many Linux distributions, and the one to start and one to stay with is the Rasbian, based on another famous Linux distribution – the Debian. This little computer is designed…

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