It has been a busy week here in the cave and as well as reviewing the likes of the new Sonoff TH16 units I’ve been doing various improvements – not to mention getting to grips with the VT100 terminal commands, squeezing the best from the somewhat dwindling Spanish heatwave and getting annoyed because the tracking notice says that my highly anticipated STM32 board was delivered weeks ago – which it wasn’t!
So – to the HC2016 home control software, for example, I’ve added a new toggle function for the Sonoffs – and a general toggle function to any of the outputs. I’ve also made the button toggle for Sonoff permanent (i.e. if you toggle a light on – lose power, reconnect – the light will come back on).
On top of that I’ve been working with Aidan on the little NanoPi Neos which are a fantastically cheap little board but FriendlyArm don’t supply Debian for it – thankfully the fellows at Armbian do and we’ve been updating the script to take into account Armbian for the Neo – as of last night (as well as sorting an issue with Webmin that needed updating anyway in the script and adding in some other stuff) the updated script can produce a working NEO (from Armbian (Debian) Jessie base) complete with all the usual tools including Webmin, Node-Red with lots of nodes including my own BigTimer and others, SQLITE3, NPM, MQTT with websockets and a ton of other stuff – see the updated script on Bitbucket. (27/09/2016 both script and blog updated. I now have two working NEOs (by name – nanopineo and nanopineo2 – so I don’t have to worry about IP numbers).
I’ve also been resurrecting IOT Manager – now that the Russian author has eliminated the need for websockets – this Android app has promise and I’ll be blogging about it shortly – for now there’s a refresh problem and I spoke to the author about it at the weekend – he’s aware and has made some fixes to the BETA but it still has a couple of minor items that need fixing before it is ready for big time. It would help if I spoke Russian. Just back from a short break to Seville. For now, hopefully there are enough links in here to keep anyone new to the blog busy for a while.
I need to get my hands on an ESP-32 dev board – the limits of .TEXT RAM on the ESP8266 are getting on my nerves.
Have a nice weekend!