Thursday, December 21, 2017

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

New book on how to made a complete ready-to-sell home automated system with ESP8266

I've been busy in the latest months writing a book  to cover some key aspects of the ESP8266 ecosystem, the chip, the cloud and a mobile application.

The book will teach you and will give you a ready-to-sell solution for an IoT product.

You will discover how to work with the GPIOs on the ESP8266, how to build your basic thermostat for your house, how to control it from your mobile with your own cloud system based on MQTT.

Securing the data using authentication at the broker level and SSL is explained in a special chapter. 

Real-time communication has a dedicated chapter where you will learn how to send real-time data from an ESP8266 to an nodejs server.

You can buy the book from Amazon

I hope that you will enjoy the book.

BME280 and ESP8266

Latest environmental sensor from Bosh is the BME280 which can measure:

  • temperature
  • humidity
  • pressure

and can be found in mobile phones (Nexus 5). There are rumors  that the BMP280 is a BME280 which couldn't be calibrated for humidity, but I have no confirmation on this.


Can be used for:

  • Indoor navigation (based on changing the measured altitude - pressure)
  • Outdoor navigation
  • Weather forecast
  • Home application control
  • Context awareness ( change room detection)  
  • Internet of Things.

Temperature precision is ± 1 C degree in 0-60C range.

Can be found in multiple modules, from SPI connectivity to I2C.

Make sure that if you are using the I2C version  to change the I2C address to 0x76. ( Default value for I2C address in Adafruit's library is 0x77).

I2C version

The SPI version can be found around USD 5 here.

Code is similar with the BMP280 , just read the humidity

 * Catalin Batrinu 
 * Read temperature, humidity and pressure from BME280
 * and send it to

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

Adafruit_BME280 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 BME280 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() {

    if (client.connect(server,80))  // "" or
        String postStr = apiKey;
        postStr +="&field1=";
        postStr += String(bme.readTemperature());
        postStr +="&field2=";
        postStr += String(bme.readHumidity());
        postStr +="&field3=";
        postStr += String(bme.readPressure() / 100.0F);
        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   

If your readings are with almost 2 degrees more than the expected value is because the BME280 is to close to the ESP8266. Try to keep at least 10 cm between the BME280 and ESP8266 to eliminate the RF heating and heating produced by ESP8266. 

Also is possible that you run the BME280 in normal mode ( more samples per second) versus forced mode when you are reading the values exactly when you need them ( here the drift is around 0.6 degrees Celsius).

The complete datasheet can be found here.