Friday, December 23, 2016

Sonoff special offer on banggood for WiFi Sonoff relay

Tthere is a special offer on SONOFF module on Banggood from today until 10th of January. You can buy the module for under $6, $5.99 ( 5.79 if you order it from mobile application).

The SONOFF module is produced by and can be used with their mobile app eWeLink or you can write your own software.

The core of the module is the ESP8266 and is connected to a 5V relay capable of 10A ( I will not bet on that)

I already ordered few of them and I am planning to put my own software so in the end I can :

-on/off the relay from my mobile app
-give a vocal command to trigger it on/off with Amazons echo dot 2 help
-set cron task for relay.

The promotion will end in January so if you are reading this post after this date it may be outdated ,but you can check the site.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Amazon's Echo DOT 2 controls ESP8266

Since Amazon's Echo Dot 2 can control the Belkin's WeMos why not emulate it with this Esp8266 .

ESP after is connected to the WiFi network will start an UDP server on address port 1900 and an HTTP server on its own IP address and port 80. Alexa on "Alexa, discover my devices " will send UDP on multicast address/port and the ESP will reply with its configuration (IP/PORT). 

Echo Dot 2 will get the setup.xml from ESP on provided IP and Port.

From now on the Echo cand send SendBinaryState command that will end up in trigger a GPIO.

SSDP protocol is used in the discovery part.

And a video controlling 2 GPIOs with on one ESP8266.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

BMP280 and ESP8266

The BMP280 is the next generation sensor from Bosch and follows its predecessors BMP085 - BMP180. Price for it is now under $2 with free shipping.

Key parameters

  •  Pressure range 300 … 1100 hPa (equiv. to +9000…-500 m above/below sea level)
  •  Package 8-pin LGA metal-lid
  • Footprint : 2.0 × 2.5 mm², height: 0.95 mm
  •  Relative accuracy ±0.12 hPa, equiv. to ±1 m
  •  (950 … 1050hPa @25°C)
  •  Absolute accuracy typ. ±1 hPa  (950 ...1050 hPa, 0 ...+40 °C)
  •  Temperature coefficient offset 1.5 Pa/K, equiv. to 12.6 cm/K  (25 ... 40°C @900hPa)
  •  Digital interfaces I²C (up to 3.4 MHz) SPI (3 and 4 wire, up to 10 MHz)
  •  Current consumption 2.7µA @ 1 Hz sampling rate
  •  Temperature range -40 … +85 °C

Typical applications

  • Enhancement of GPS navigation
  •  (e.g. time-to-first-fix improvement, dead-reckoning, slope detection)
  •  Indoor navigation (floor detection, elevator detection)
  •  Outdoor navigation, leisure and sports applications
  •  Weather forecast
  •  Health care applications (e.g. spirometry)
  •  Vertical velocity indication (e.g. rise/sink speed)

For connecting the BMP280 to ESP8266 the following pins need to be connected: 

NodeMCU / WeMos D1 mini
Other ESP8266




The BMP280 supports the I²C and SPI digital interfaces; it acts as a slave for both protocols. 

The I²C interface supports the Standard, Fast and High Speed modes. 

The SPI interface supports both SPI mode ‘00’ (CPOL = CPHA = ‘0’) and mode ‘11’ (CPOL = CPHA = ‘1’) in 4- wire and 3-wire configuration. The following transactions are supported: Single byte write  multiple byte write (using pairs of register addresses and register data) single byte read multiple byte read (using a single register address which is auto-incremented) 

Connect the CSB pin to GND to have SPI and to VCC(3V3) for I2C.

The 7-bit device address is 111011x. The 6 MSB bits are fixed. The last bit is changeable by SDO value and can be changed during operation. 

Connecting SDO to GND results in slave address 1110110 (0x76), connecting it to VCC results in slave address 1110111 (0x77), which is the same as BMP180’s I²C address. 

The SDO pin cannot be left floating, if left floating, the I²C address will be undefined.

In my setup I've connected CSB and SDO to VCC to have I2C and 0x77 as address.

To run a quick test I've installed the Adafruit Sensor library and Adafruit BMP280 library .

The code to test the BMP280 is the example code from library.

This code assume that the SDA and SCL are connected on GPIO 4 and GPIO 5. If you need to assign new pins to your BMP280 use the Wire.begin(2,0) where the GPIO 2 is connected to SDA and GPIO 0 is connected to  SCL.

Now its time to add some code to read the temperature and pressure, post them to the and also update the temperature gauge on this blog.

 * Catalin Batrinu 
 * Read temperature and pressure from BMP280
 * and send it to

#include <Wire.h>
#include <SPI.h>
#include <Adafruit_Sensor.h>
#include <Adafruit_BMP280.h>
#include <ESP8266WiFi.h>

#define BMP_SCK 13
#define BMP_MISO 12
#define BMP_MOSI 11 
#define BMP_CS 10

Adafruit_BMP280 bme; // I2C
// replace with your channel’s thingspeak API key,
String apiKey = "YOUR-API-KEY";
const char* ssid = "YOUR-SSID";
const char* password = "YOUR-ROUTER-PASSWORD";
const char* server = "";
WiFiClient client;

 *   S E T U P
void setup() {
  Serial.println(F("BMP280 test"));
  if (!bme.begin()) {  
    Serial.println("Could not find a valid BMP280 sensor, check wiring!");
    while (1);
  WiFi.begin(ssid, password);
  Serial.print("Connecting to ");
  WiFi.begin(ssid, password);
  while (WiFi.status() != WL_CONNECTED) 
  Serial.println("WiFi connected");  

 *  L O O P
void loop() {
    Serial.print(" *C");
    Serial.print(" P=");
    Serial.print(" Pa");

    Serial.print(" A= ");
    Serial.print(bme.readAltitude(1013.25)); // this should be adjusted to your local forcase
    Serial.println(" m");

    if (client.connect(server,80))  // "" or
        String postStr = apiKey;
        postStr +="&field1=";
        postStr += String(bme.readTemperature());
        postStr +="&field2=";
        postStr += String(bme.readPressure());
        postStr += "\r\n\r\n";
        client.print("POST /update HTTP/1.1\n");
        client.print("Connection: close\n");
        client.print("X-THINGSPEAKAPIKEY: "+apiKey+"\n");
        client.print("Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded\n");
        client.print("Content-Length: ");
    //every 20 sec   

Temperature logging

A post about BMP180 attached to a battery shield can be found here.