IOT - Home Automation project using Geofencing, MQTT, ESP8266 and MycroPython

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By Abhijit Ghosh on May 8, 2017 10:01:28 AM

After a long day at office, wouldn't it be great to step into a cool room without having to wait for the air conditioning to start functioning? I am sure all of us has unlocked the just locked door to double check if the electrical appliances have indeed been switched off. For ones who own a personal garage, it would feel great to watch the garage door open as you drive in without having to step out of your car. So lets explore a home automation use case that would map the switching on/off of appliances with the entry/exit of a preset geofence (virtual perimeter for a real-world geographic area).

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Home Automation - Internet of Things - MQTT (MQ Telemetry Transport), ESP8266 and MycroPython

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By Abhijit Ghosh on Mar 22, 2017 3:51:40 AM

This is my first post on home automation. As a 'Hello World' project, switching on/off a bulb is a common use case. This post is not an exception. But to spice it up, we'll use MQTT (MQ Telemetry Transport) - a machine-to-machine (M2M)/Internet of Things (IOT) connectivity protocol and an android app (IoT MQTT Dashboard). Bulb is merely a symbolic representation of an electrical device. We can practically control any device (Internet of Things) over internet.

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Example: Remotely switch on/off and control brightness of an LED using MicroPython WebREPL

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By Abhijit Ghosh on Mar 8, 2017 1:49:40 AM

So far, we have flashed MicroPython firmware onto an ESP8266 and setup WebREPL to run programs over WIFI on the chip. Now it's time for a hands-on excercise. We'll remotely switch on/off and control brightness of an LED using MicroPython WebREPL.

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How to setup WebREPL to connect to Python prompt (REPL) of ESP8266 over WIFI network?

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By Abhijit Ghosh on Feb 23, 2017 2:05:33 AM

WebREPL daemon auto-start is disabled by default in MycroPython on ESP8266 for security reason. Here, we'll enable the same, connect to the REPL over WIFI using locally installed WebREPL client and run a "Hello World" program remotely on the chip.

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How to flash MicroPython firmware onto an ESP8266 ESP-12E chip using esptool?

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By Abhijit Ghosh on Feb 4, 2017 12:01:35 PM

By default, ESP8226 module comes with AT Firmware. In this post, we'll see how to flash MicroPython firmware onto an ESP8266 ESP-12E chip using esptool.

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