Questions tagged [microcontrollers]

For questions concerning IoT applications that use microcontrollers as control units. Almost every IoT device has an embedded microcontroller. Thus, use this tag when the usage, development or constraints of the microcontroller are at the core of the question.

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What is the 'auth token' in Blynk?

In the below Blynk program, they have used the line: char auth[] = "76aeba5832304e10917b4e1748c34039"; What is mean by the 'auth token'? Why is it required for Blynk to function correctly? ...
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Can I make individual callbacks to handle each MQTT topic?

I'm using the PubSubClient on some ESP-01 modules to make smart/connected devices around the house. I'm not super fond of the way all incoming messages get routed to the single callback. When I get a ...
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Is a simple UDP messaging a good idea for IoT Sensor?

I am working with NB-IoT Modem - Quectel BC95 that will be used in a simple IoT sensor that will periodically (Once per hour) send measurements to our server. Because of the restriction in place by ...
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Are there Arduino boards that can be used as a small web server, supporting HTTPS?

I would like to control a relay from over the internet. I was thinking of making this using an Arduino and some wifi/ethernet shield. Searching the internet, I see a lot of shields and modules that ...
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Has any one developed M-Bus protocol on STM controller?

M-Bus is a building management side protocol which helps to communicate with the controller to get the available parameter values like current, voltage, power etc. I have to develop an architecture ...
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Suggestion between bluetooth and wifi for a simple sensor reading application

So I have a simple application that involves reading the input over terminal via UART, and then responding accordingly, be it toggling an LED or outputting a sensor reading over I2C. As a step up, I ...
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Read data from STM32 using UART ESP32 micropython \x00 error?

I am using a LOLIN32 lite (ESP32) to read data sent from a STM32F103 (black pill). The ESP32 is using micropython and the STM32 is programmed using CubeMX + Truestudio. When calling the uart.read() ...
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Quality water IoT system - Which device choose

I want to develop a quality water IoT system. The picture below shows the idea. I'm not sure the device that I have to use for this project. My idea is: Every X minutes (I'm not sure the time) get ...
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Integrating STM32 device with smart lock via BLE

I am using a Particle Boron to integrate with a Smart lock but I am not being able to do it. I'm using Particle's BLE interface to connect to Bluetooth and start sending messages to the lock, and a ...
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How we can interface LoRa(RFM96W) with STM32F030 controller?

I have tested my RF96W LoRa boards with the Lolin Boards, it works fine. However when I interface these Lora boards with a stm32f030r8t6 based controller, I don't receive any data, although I have ...
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When use microcontroller, when use microprocessor and when combine both

For a long time I have had a simple question to which I can't find an answer which convinces me. Basically the title: when should I use a microcontroller, when should I use a microprocessor and when ...
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Making a smart light switch

I want to make a home automation system, and I need some computer-controllable switches. The reason I can't use relays is that I also need the switches to be switchable manually and not ...
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ESP8266 with Dual Relay AND STM8S103

I'm looking for an ESP8266 board with a dual relay for one of my projects. Yes a Sonoff Dual - quite answers all my needs, beside the part of messing around with soldering and the for need more GPIO's ...
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What is the simplest programmable IoT device that can connect to Wi-Fi?

I am trying to build a cheap asset tracker that can be powered by a battery pack. All I need the IoT device to do, is to connect to known WiFi network access points. I have access to the backend ...
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Selecting a microcontroller for a battery operated data collection project

I am planning to measure water level in a well, which is about 10 m deep with maximum water level up to 5 m. My plan is to use ultrasonic sensor HC SR04 to measure depth, transmit it via ZigBee to a ...
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Which microcontroller and programming language should I use for an Internet-enabled weather display?

I am a newbie in IoT and want to start my career in IoT. As I search on Google for startups in IoT, I found many blogs. And I found the languages used in IoT like C#, Java, Node.js, and the ...
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Use a Particle Electron with Wi-Fi while in development

Totally new to IoT, here. I got the new Particle Electron cellular IoT device. I used up 5 Mb in like three hours. I have no idea what took up all that data. That is the monthly limit so no I have to ...
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wireless moisture data transmission

I am mainly from software background with very very basic level of electronics/microcontroller knowledge. I recently did a small IoT project for moisture/temp detection following this tutorial At a ...
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POE ethernet passthrough microcontroller [closed]

I'm looking for a build your own or mod hack something like a POE ethernet passthrough that powers an Arduino IoT controller. I understand that what ever I am using will need it's own dedicated IP ...
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How to get stepper motor to rotate smoothly and continuously?

I'm trying to build my own motorised roller blinds based off this project. It uses the Stepper_28BYJ_48 library. The problem I'm having is that the motor is either very slow and jittery, going forward ...
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What factors to consider when selecting an integrated wifi MCU for a low powered edge device?

The motivation for this question comes from the fact that some time ago I created a simple proof of concept (PoC) IoT edge device using a microcontroller and a CC3100 Wifi network processor. One of ...
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ESP32 always high pins screwing analog measure

TL;DR When trying to use some pins of my ESP32 to read analog signals, it turns out those pins have a non-zero voltage, messing up the measurements. Why? I got myself an Olimex ESP32-POE-ISO (see ...
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Can AVR microcontroller be used in commercial products? [closed]

I'm working on a startup and I have come to know that AVR is closed source so I wonder if I can use their chips inside my commercial product?
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Creating a Non Blocking socket for making GET requests

I am using an ESP32 with a MicroPython Firmware and want to make asynchronous HTTP requests such as GET request. I have tried using usocket but it did kept throwing OSError 128. I have attached my ...
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Cheap IoT microcontroller with PoE

Can anyone recommend a simple micro-controller with some I/O (<8) that can be powered using PoE, something cheap like Raspberri Pi Zero. The requirements are: Support PoE integrated. No power ...
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Is it possible to implement the HomeKit Accessory Protocol directly on an Arduino or some other microcontroller without the need for a bridge

It seems that all solutions involving homekit make use of a bridge server, so I am confused as to why none of the setups that I can find are implementing homekit directly on the microcontroller. Is ...
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Is it possible to send data to AMQP server using AT-Command on ESP8266 Wi-Fi module?

I'm currently working on an IoT project which I have an STM32F0 connected to the ESP8266 Wi-Fi module. My goal is to publish data to an AMQP server. Currently, I'm trying to connect to an AMQP server(...
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Choosing low power microcontrollers to run with a solar panel

I am starting a project which will control a small motor, some LEDs for illumination and read some analog sensors and I need to power it via a solar panel. I am looking for the best option on ...
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Does server running on local host constitute IoT? [closed]

I have created a network, using mobile hotspot (without internet connectivity), between microcontroller and pc.(intranetwork) The designed server right now works on the local host. Will this be ...
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Development board for DASH7

Has anyone experimented with DASH7? I am searching for a development board, which is proven to work with the DASH7 stack in the 433/868 MHz bands. There are, of course, the official development kits, ...
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Is it possible to run and train a neural network on an 8-bit microcontroller?

I've recently read about neural networks in constrained environments (in particular, A Neural Network Implementation on an Inexpensive Eight Bit Microcontroller) and their applications to IoT devices (...
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Finding the time interval between two events using CCP on PIC18f4520

I'm trying to calculate the time elapsed between two events using the CCP on PIC18F4520. The events are triggered by two sensors that are on the ccp1 and ccp2 ports. I've assigned a prescalar of 8 to ...
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How to decide how to select an endpoint device

This question is intentionally rather open ended, and potentially opinion based, but it is intended to act as a catch-all for the questions on how to select a device for a sensor/endpoint. Any ...
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Distance calculation based on RSSI value

I want to calculate the RSSI value of a Bluetooth module (HC05) and from the derived RSSI value I want to calculate the distance of the surrounding devices. I'm using an Arduino Uno r3 as a controller ...
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Embedded C—check internet connection

Is there any way to check if actually my embedded device has a working connection (i.e. can reach the WAN)? My device has no RTOS, so I cannot rely on OS functionalities like ping. I can see that the ...
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Industrial Controller Vs Prototype Controller(Study level Controller)

What is the difference between industrial Controller and prototype(Study)level controllers or Raspberry pi/Arduino Vs. Industrial Controllers(PLC, NON PLC) controllers
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What is difference between a mote and a microcontroller equipped with sensors and connectivity?

Reading some papers about IoT and Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) I came across mote devices and have seen there are lots of them. I have understood that they are the leaves in an IoT system and that ...
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Cheap PoE board with TCP/IP support

I have a small IoT project where I want a network enabled electrical relay. I do not need full network plug nor linux on it. It just should be small and cheap. I feel smart enough to write a small ...
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WiFi communication between PC and embedded system on LAN

I'm here asking some support for a newbie in embedded communication. My situation is the following: embedded device: STM32L4xx microcontroller + ATWINC1500 wifi module WiFi management code (driver) ...
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Automatic Compiling & Flashing of EFM32 Programs

I'm working a Machine Learning project, and I need to gather some data about the run-time of an EFM32 Microcontroller (EZR32LG). After gathering a small dataset and realizing I need more (A lot more) ...
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NodeMCU - create public webserver

How would I go about creating a public web server so that I can control my NodeMCU v3 from anywhere in the world? I was thinking about flashing espruino on my board since I have more experience with ...
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File Transfer from ESP8266

How can I download / access a file contained in the ESP8266 SPIFFS memory over the internet and not only on a local wi-fi? Can it send a complete file contained on its SPIFFS memory to a website or to ...
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How can I implement MQTT on an STM32F030K6T6?

The controller in question is an STM32F030K6T6, which has an ARM® 32-bit Cortex® -M0 low power core, 32 kB Flash memory and 4 kB SRAM. It interfaces an SIM808 for Internet connectivity. The resources ...
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How can I push data from car-mounted microcontrollers to a remote server?

Firstly, I'm a newbie in the IoT field. Hardware parts are quite new to me. I want to make a small project. That is creating a box attached into a car that can keep track its location and temperature....
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Calculate velocity and direction on microcontroller or on remote server?

Assume that I have a device attached on a car which includes an MCU, and a SIM908 module. The SIM908's function is to receive GPS data from satellites and then send them to the remote server through ...
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How to Make Custom-Length Jumper Wires [closed]

I am prototyping a Wi-Fi thermometer with an ESP8266 and an HT11, it works on the breadboard (!) and now I am designing a 3D printable cabinet. I would like the final thing to be completely dis-...
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Power reduction for Raspberry Pi GPS/GSM tracker

I've recently built a fully functional IoT GPS/GSM tracker with a Pi Zero for a college project and now that it's finished and done with, I would like to minimize the current draw of the entire system ...
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What right hardware to use for Home Automation using MQTT?

I have been working on a home automation project lately. It is complete to the extent of switch control and getting the readings of temperature, humidity. I am using a Raspberry Pi 3 as MQTT broker. ...
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Website on a microcontroller

I want to create a simple web server on a SAM4E. I have found a example but I would like to change the website. Now it's just plain html code: if(( NULL != pcRxString) && ( !strncmp( ...
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I2C transfer to Thunderboard Sense microcontroller never completes [closed]

I am using a Thunderboard Sense microcontroller, plugged into my desktop (Windows) with a USB, and the Simplicity IDE with the coding language C. I am trying to write to a register using the ...