Questions tagged [wifi]

For questions concerning Wi-Fi connected IoT devices and protocols for Wi-Fi communication. Use the [wireless] tag for any other wireless protocol - this tag is specifically for Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11.x).

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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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When to use Wi-Fi over Bluetooth or vice versa in an IoT system?

Basically when it comes to IoT, the two main communication methods which come to my mind are either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. I know that there are others as well like ZigBee, Z-Wave but I would like to ...
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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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Is it possible to commercially sell a Wi-Fi IoT product that DOESN'T use cloud?

If I wanted to use my phone to control a simple Wi-Fi connected device that just turns the light on or off, or a simple temperature gauge, why don't I just communicate directly with the device instead ...
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What is a good way for an IoT device to receive its network settings?

I'm in the process of building an IoT device using ESP8266. The device will eventually contain a couple of motors, and I would like to control these motors using MQTT. I would like to make the device ...
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How to implement Wi-Fi for a headless IoT device?

Recently I purchased a TP-Link HS100 smart plug which I configured using an app and all is working well. Now I am trying to understand the underlying software and hardware architecture for such an ...
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Do all Internet connected Things use the same “Application - TCP - IP - Hardware” stack to communicate?

I am not particularly internet savvy, and IoT technologies are especially confusing for me. I was reading this Stanford white paper on internet structure. In Diagram 2, it shows a representation of ...
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How can I easily configure Wi-Fi on a smart device without a screen?

I'm making an IoT device that will serve a web app over WiFi which can be accessed to control it. I would like to make it easy to set up. For example, the easiest way I can imagine is as follows; all ...
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How can a device get the SSID and Password of my Network without WPS?

I'm studying ways to make an IoT device access an user´s wifi network. I know about the WPS way, where the device 'broadcast' a signal and the router, after being commanded to listen, 'receive' it and ...
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Is there a way to control my lights from my Linux desktop?

I have just started investigating smart lights. I am interested in using some Wi-Fi sockets in some lamps in my office to automate the lights. I am curious if there is a way to turn my lights on ...
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ESP8266 fast HTTP GET response rate

While starting programming my ESP8266 to get continuously changing data (car position) from a server, I encountered a problem: I can't get the ESP8266 to receive the data from the server more than 3 ...
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Is Bluetooth a good enough protocol for “lost my keys” beacons?

Bluetooth beacons for localizing lost objects are beginning to spread. You can locate them using an app on your smartphone (yes, and create an account, share on facebook your objects, ...) with a ...
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Connect to device at home network remotely

I am trying to figure out if it is possible in any way for me to remotely connect to a device on my home network, but remotely. Scenario: My entertainment system is connected to the home network, ...
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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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Standards for non-Internet-connected WiFi devices?

I'm planning to do a lot of home automation. For that I will host a private isolated WiFi network to which all my devices will be connected to. The devices will be simple lights, RGB LED strips (...
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Is MQTT scalable with 1000+ clients?

Scenario IoT device (currently IPv4 device) that sends via TCP socket a payload to a server once per day. The server has a public IP address, the device is behind a router/NAT. I'm going to use a ...
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~200 Devices on Single AP

I have a project where I would like to connect ~200 devices to a single AP. Each of these devices will be offset in their communication so that there will only be approximately 10 devices relaying ...
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802.11 action frames send and receive in software

Is it possible to gain access to 802.11 action frames TX/RX from software? There's a proprietary protocol based on vendor-specific action frames called ESP-NOW for ESP8266 and ESP32 chips, and I'd ...
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Wi-Fi Line Voltage Thermostat for Baseboard Heaters

Background A house has a handful of line voltage electric baseboard heaters (240V, 3600W). Problem Control the schedule and current temperature without connecting beyond a local area network. Hard ...
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Need Suggestion HD Camera to be integrated with Wifi module

I am working on one of my IoT project which needs to wide angle HD camera modules to integrated with Wifi Modules (open to Raspberry Pi, NodeMCU or anything else). I have checked various options but ...
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Sensors Communicating With the Pi, BLE / Wifi

I want to place a Pi 3 somewhere in my house and battery powered sensors. The Pi will read the inputs from e.g. the same level, one level above and the garden. So 1-2 regular brick walls in between ...
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Android things create Wi-Fi access point to configure device

I need to send Wi-Fi credentials to my Android Things headless device via a mobile app. As it is right now, the device advertises on Bluetooth, the mobile app connects to device and sends Wi-Fi ...
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Class of Wi-Fi connected home automation devices

I would like to know the term for the class of home automation devices that are Wi-Fi connected directly to an access point (not through a bridge like Z-Wave etc.). If I understood this class, then I ...
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ESP8266 Without Web Page

Can I send data to an ESP8266 without creating a web server? I am accessing the GPIO pins of ESP8266 through a web server. Now I want to make an Android app for that. So I want to send data to the ...
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Can One-way SSL secure an IoT device?

I am considering an IoT device connected to my local network (default settings, no VPN, no NAT, no DMZ) with or without Internet access. My device will run as a HTTP server offering a RPC mechanism ...
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Does CoAP depend on IEEE 802.15.4?

In the CoAP specification, it is implied that IEEE 802.15.4 can be used in conjunction with CoAP. Is this a requirement or can CoAP also be used with other OSI layer 1, 2 protocols such as IEEE 802.11,...
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Is there any way to access local server from outside without port forwarding? [duplicate]

Situation I need to access an ESP8266's Wi-Fi local server from outside. Like Xiaomi Yeelight (YeeLight Introduction Web Site Link) or LOHAS LED (LOHAS LED Web Site), I have to control it from ...
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Is this architecture feasible and flexible?

I'm having a but of trouble making sure my project really is feasible. What I want to archive: Control my Senseo coffee machine via internet. It boils down to simply controlling 2 buttons. First ...
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Optimal Wireless Technology for High Data Rate & Low Latency IoT Application

I am planning to use the BNO055 Absolute Orientation Sensor for collecting the accelerometer, magnetometer and gyroscopic measurements for an application. As of now I want the data to be sent at a ...
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MSP430F5529 + CC3100 IOT test device only responds to some test websites

Recently I have been working on an IoT project using a MSP430F5529 microcontroller and CC3100 network processor both from Texas Instrument. For evaluation I am using the MSP430F5529 launch pad and ...
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Set up home Wi-Fi access for a device without a screen

I'm building a connected device without a screen that needs to be connected to home Wi-Fi. WPS is not an option. The device will have a Bluetooth module in addition to Wi-Fi hardware. QR codes can be ...
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Commercial Arduino Reprogrammable Smart Plug

Has anyone reprogrammed a commercially available smart plug, such as the Etekcity Voltson? Are there plugs available with open source Wi-Fi chips in them that perform better than an ESP8266? I’m ...
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Connect to Chevrolet Cruze Hot-Spot Wi-Fi

The Chevrolet Cruze (2016) is supposed to have a Wi-Fi hot-spot. I do see it showing up in my available network connections, but how do I find the password? From my memory, the dealer didn't say ...
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How to issue commands to IoT devices within WiFi Network

I have an IoT device that is connected to a WiFi network. Currently, the IoT device runs a small HTTP server, and send RF signals when it receives POST requests via the internet from HTTP clients. ...
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How can I design a simple Internet-connected controller for a sensor/heater?

I am in the process of creating a simple and cheap Wi-Fi PCB design that can send and receive messages to an app (through a cloud of course). I intend to attach this PCB to a fish tank temperature ...
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IoT device's soft access point module dropping out at trade show

I have been developing a Wi-Fi remote access IoT device for an electrical control to display at an engineering trade show coming up. Unfortunately I was unable to attend this trade show due to health ...
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Is there a way to create WiFi with one Access Point, which should cover a big building?

I need to create a WiFi network(or other types e.g. LoRa) for IoT devices, inside a building. The Building has three floors, each about 250 square meters. The main constraint is that I can't use any ...
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Controlling IoT device through a captive portal/web app over Wi-Fi & 4G/LTE simultaneously

Yeah - mostly some mad scientist stuff here. I have an IoT project I'm working on where each device must be independently connected to each users phone and not connected to any central WiFi network. ...
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Synchronized data between Hardware's storage and Server's database

I saw in China's bus system, that there are devices inside the bus which can handle e-payments. The process is something like this: Passengers come in the bus. Passengers use a QR-code in their ...
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How to register an IoT device to a user account

I'm designing on an IoT device that connects to a web server and publishes/subscribes to the MQTT service. Users download an iOS app to setup/register/use their device. Question: What's the ...
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Could not ping ESP8266 Wifi module connected to an Arduino

I have been working with a water flow counter which sends data over wifi. I'm using an ESP8266 wifi module. Everything is correctly connected and I've gotten to the point where it's correctly ...
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Wi-Fi Plug uses IPDC (Internet Protocol Device Control) for controlling via App?

I'm struggling at the moment with reversing the commands between a Wi-Fi Plug ( Amazon-Link for Wi-Fi Plug) and the associated phone app. It looks like the app controls the plug via a IPDC (IP device ...
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How can I make hostnames accessible?

I am using the Sonoff-Tasmota firmware to configure ESP-8266 devices for my home automation system. These devices log onto the WiFi network and obtain IP addresses via DHCP. The problem is that ...
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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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What is the working voltage range of a Sonoff Touch?

I would like to replace normal (mechanical) switches at home with Sonoff Touch ones, which I will be able to manage. Today I have this: and by adding the Sonoff Touch I will have that (P1 is the ...
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Connect NodeMCU 0.9 to WPA2 Enterprise

Is there a way to connect to a NodeMCU 0.9 to WPA2 Enterprise like Eduroam? Now I'm using the Arduino IDE 1.8.5 with the library: ESP8266WiFi.h In this way I simply connect to a personal WPA2 with ...
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Can I use my Raspberry Pi with 802.11 ah HaLow yet?

What I’m looking for is some type of USB adaptor or similar thing that I can use with a few Raspberry Pi’s to create a 802.11 ah network, but Googling hasn’t helped at all. Does anyone know how I ...
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Scanning for Device

What kind of technology does the Google Home and Amazon Echo/Dot use when you set up the device for the first time and their respective apps "scan for device" before they're connected to Wifi? I'm ...
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When network provisioning happens through a hotspot (for a headless device), how can I notify the user of a failure when switching to station mode?

When a user connects to the hotspot of a headless device for configuring Wi-Fi credentials for device provisioning and if it fails to connect to Wi-Fi once Wi-Fi credentials are saved, the user doesn'...
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Using Wi-Fi hardware for ZigBee

Is it possible to use Wi-Fi adapters for communicating with ZigBee devices? Wi-Fi and ZigBee both use the 2.4 GHz range, so the radio hardware should be identical, right? Since I can not find ...