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  • Peter Scargill AliExpress Sinilink WIFI USB Controller by Peter Scargill: I’m sure someone is still working on this…if anyone happens to respond privately I’ll ensure the solution ends up in here. May 5, 14:21
  • AliExpress Sinilink WIFI USB Controller by Brian Williams: I don’t know if anyone is still reading this after a year, but anyway… I had the same dim green and blue lights problem. I could connect to set up wifi, but nothing else ever worked. I assumed I had caused a problem soldering, so I orderd another two and made my own programmer with pogo pins, sugru (for positioning), soldered the pins to a SIL header and covered the whole lot with hot glue. I kept the original board to help with hole spacing, but needed to clear solder from one whole. After doing this, I decided to practice with my new tool on the original, which I thought was broken. It sprang into life! Flushed with success, I programmed the next one, but the last turned out to have the dim blue/green light problem again! Has anybody got any idea what this could mean? Thanks! May 5, 14:14
  • Reeferjon Astrolux VC04 Versatile Charger by Reeferjon: just ordered…..I like this May 4, 08:11
  • A Trip Down Memory Lane by Jalen Wanderer: I know I’m asking about things from forty years ago, so it’s understandable if there are no clear answers available, but I figure there’s no harm in asking anyway… I’m planning to start a blog on game creation systems within the next year or so, and am in the process of researching some early systems so I have a bit of a headstart and have some of the groundwork done before I launch the blog. Having just found out about Fantasia, the BASIC adventure system you submitted to Creative Computing, I wanted to find out more about it, and in particular I wanted to find the article in the magazine. All the issues of Creative Computing are, as it turns out, available on archive.org. But I’ve searched through every issue from 1981 (and from 1982 and late 1980 as well, just in case) and can’t find the article anywhere—nor anything else with your byline. (You are mentioned in the June 1980 issue, but only for submitting a correction to code that had appeared in an earlier issue.) Do you by chance know what issue it appeared in? Or do you know for sure it did appear; is it possible that after paying you for it and having you sign the contract Creative Computing for some reason never actually ran the article? Or might they have run it somewhere else than in their flagship magazine? (I did try to look for other publications by the company around that time, but couldn’t find anything relevant. Or perhaps there was a special issue of the magazine during that time that isn’t included in the archive.org collection?) If your article can’t be found in Creative Computing for whatever reason, I don’t suppose you still have a copy of it that you’d be willing to share? Even if the magazine didn’t end up running it (or ran it somewhere I’m now unable to find), I’d still be interested in covering it on my blog. (I know this long after the fact this is a long shot, though.) May 3, 05:27
  • Scott Millken ET8134 4.7-inch Large LCD Screen Smart True RMS Digital Multimeter by Scott Millken: Pete, I was looking at purchasing this multimeter and believe you get some kind of credit for me purchasing thru the link you provided to Banggood, but the ship to country and currency can’t be changed in your link. Is there any way to help you out and still purchase on my normal Banggood site? May 2, 15:58
  • Reeferjon Today’s Postbag – the Xiaomi Mi Band 6 – a WINNER by Reeferjon: Im watching Bangood every day to see when the Glob gets opened up for purchase lol. May 2, 15:36
  • BigTimer by Mat: I only wish to set one timer, how do I do this? There are two timers in the interface and no option to clear the ON / OFF times. So how do I ensure it doesn’t send ON and OFF on the second timer? I can’t help thinking I wouldn’t be the only person to ask this, but having searched this page clearly I am! May 1, 16:49
  • Today’s Postbag – the Xiaomi Mi Band 6 – a WINNER by Felix: I’m still on my Band3. I like to permanently (or every couple of minutes) measure my heart rate. I guess this is still possible with the new one? Do you know if this is also possible with the blood oxygen monitoring? Apr 30, 21:24
  • Julian Knight Seeed WIO Terminal and Battery Pack by Julian Knight: Exactly what I’m currently doing with my M5Stack Basic using ESPHome! It already displays sensor readings from around the house and I’m adding an alert function so that Node-RED (or anything else of course) can send a message via MQTT that will turn on the display and show the alert either requiring a button press to clear or showing for a set time. The display turns the backlight on every 5minutes for 1 minute. Apr 29, 19:59
  • Peter Scargill The Script by Peter Scargill: The script merely installs Node Red, it does not control what Node Red does.Also not tested the script on M2+, indeed in the last year or so I’m only aware of testing on Rpi3 and RPi4. Regards Pete Apr 29, 17:01
  • The Script by Luis: Hi! I have Banana Pi M2+ and i want to use GPIO in node red. its compatible this script? Thnanks! Apr 29, 08:12
  • 18650 Lithium Rechargeable Battery Lengths by Doug: NigelTwo, that was the first thing which went into my head when I saw that but I also own both metal and composite calipers and notice the color indicated composite. Otherwise, the comments Peter posted would have included some interesting language, photos and probably would have been more about battery safety. I also wondered how many might see that and not know you don’t use metal calipers to measure battery length only to later learn for themself the hard way. Apr 29, 03:32
  • Raspberry Pi Pico – would you bother? by Dyfan Davies: One good thing about the Pico is that it has two PIO controllers with 4 machine states. So you can interface with anything! Apr 27, 09:22
  • 18650 Lithium Rechargeable Battery Lengths by NigelTwo: Phew. I can open my eyes again 🙂 Cheers Apr 26, 20:41
  • Peter Scargill Instar IN-9008 Full HD MQTT Wired/WIFI IP Camera by Peter Scargill: I can’t help but agree it isn’t cheap – but if you want the MQTT control there isn’t much in the way of competition. If you are in the UK, I’m guessing that accounts for some extra costs – I’ve seen this in just about everything coming from Europe to the UK in the last 2 or 3 months. Apr 26, 20:19
  • Peter Scargill HK1 RBOX R1 5G WiFi Android 10 TV Box by Peter Scargill: Up to now I’ve just used it as a TV box. Apr 26, 20:16
  • HK1 RBOX R1 5G WiFi Android 10 TV Box by X: Say I want to connect to this box via FileZilla, do I need any extra software on the box or does it have a default username like Root or HK1R and if so whats the default password. Apr 26, 18:56
  • Instar IN-9008 Full HD MQTT Wired/WIFI IP Camera by KanyonKris: For your April 6 update, I suggest you link to the Discord post instead of Twitter (for those who don’t have Twitter accounts). https://discourse.nodered.org/t/mqtt-camera-for-node-red/20441/17 Apr 26, 16:55
  • Instar IN-9008 Full HD MQTT Wired/WIFI IP Camera by Kevin Hawkins: I am not sure what warrants justification of the price of this camera unless MQTT is essential. It has a comparatively low spec to accompany the high price. Video codecs, resolution and performance all very mediocre. Actual performance eg night vision etc I’m unsure of. It does have the extra PIR for motion confirmation but no object recognition. Can anyone convince me it’s worth it at 5x the price aside from MQTT (that I would like)? Reliability is not really established and there are good other products at much lower cost. Apr 26, 16:43
  • Peter Scargill 18650 Lithium Rechargeable Battery Lengths by Peter Scargill: Ok, I can do that Nigel. The calipers are China’s best plastic 🙂 I knew they’d come in handy some day. Apr 26, 09:56
  • 18650 Lithium Rechargeable Battery Lengths by NigelTwo: Pete, Please re-assure me that you were not putting a short circuit on those batteries just as you closed the calipers to make the measurement… Apr 26, 02:51
  • Peter Scargill 18650 Lithium Rechargeable Battery Lengths by Peter Scargill: Hi Philip Sounds like a useful product. Apr 23, 14:33
  • 18650 Lithium Rechargeable Battery Lengths by Philip Grant: I have loads of reclaimed 18650 cells from discarded laptop batteries most work OK but I bought an XTAR VC4S 4 bay charger that charges and grades the battery to give a true capacity of the cell, it works great and I can sort the good batteries from the not so good and not waste my time with those that have little or no real capacity. Apr 23, 08:59
  • Peter Scargill 18650 Lithium Rechargeable Battery Lengths by Peter Scargill: Thanks for the feedback, Barbudor – I’ve incorporated your comment in the blog, thanks. Apr 23, 07:42
  • Barbudor 18650 Lithium Rechargeable Battery Lengths by Barbudor: The longer ones are generally protected ones where the extra length comes from the small round PCB placed at the edge: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005001700666839.html Apr 23, 06:27
  • Peter Scargill 18650 Lithium Rechargeable Battery Lengths by Peter Scargill: You are of course correct Aidas – and you caught me just before giving up for the night – I’ve replaced the photos and updated the measurements. See above and thanks. The calipers are brand new, just purchased yesterday – (obviously) not something I use a lot of. Apr 22, 21:29
  • 18650 Lithium Rechargeable Battery Lengths by Aidas: Dear Peter, Thanks for your overview, just one note – your measurements are incorrect – (please check where 0 mark is on the sliding part of your calliper). From the photos it looks like that pink Samsung is exactly 65mm, brown/white – 67mm, but green one – 68.7mm 😉 (check how to use the bottom scale of the calliper) Apr 22, 20:08
  • Peter Scargill ESCAM QF288 1080p WiFi IP Camera by Peter Scargill: All depends on the camera Nigel – those which can only work from the APP generally have to “call home” or they won’t work. And if you do block them, then yes, a VPN is the perfect way to view them remotely – I used to be terrified of VPNs until I stuck PiVPN on a Raspberry Pi – now all ports are blocked externally except the VPN port. Simplifies things and using the Wireguard option (now default for PiVPN) you don’t get a drastic speed drop either. Apr 22, 13:14
  • Seeed WIO Terminal and Battery Pack by James: Looks interesting. I was thinking about a MQTT listener for the WIO Terminal which shows the messages on screen (MQTT so it it reboots, it gets the latest messages) Apr 22, 08:49
  • ESCAM QF288 1080p WiFi IP Camera by Nigel holland: Hi I keep seeing comments around about blocking cameras from the internet, but I cannot find any video or info how to do it , also if I did manage to do it would I have to use my vpn to see the camera from outside my home. Thanks Apr 22, 08:33
  • Peter Scargill Huawei Band 6 v Xiaomi Mi Band 6 by Peter Scargill: Thanks for the feedback… I am SO excited… I just got out of bed to a notification… mine’s being shipped today 🙂 as soon as I find out prices I’ll respond in here but of course they will vay depending on shipping locstion and destination, such is the way of things right now. Apr 21, 09:40
  • Reeferjon Huawei Band 6 v Xiaomi Mi Band 6 by Reeferjon: Be interesting to see how the band-6 global is priced now……Ive seen some made pricing for pre-ordering… Apr 21, 07:23
  • Argon ONE Case for Raspberry Pi 4 Updated by Peter Cranwell: My Bluetooth is very weak using this case. Apr 19, 22:50
  • DrFragle and MrShark Imou Bullet 2C Camera Motion Detection Camera by DrFragle and MrShark: my imou bullet 2c, right now, it works with rtsp too, locally, at night it’s VERY clear, very good camera, mounted a couple of months ago i get already “human detection”, even though more often it detects as humans “cats and bats”… only weird thing is that to export videos, you have to play them in the app (from sdcard), and press the record button… it will “re-record” the video, which THEN can be exported and shared as you want… same for pictures Apr 19, 17:31
  • Peter Scargill Imou Bullet 2C Camera Motion Detection Camera by Peter Scargill: Goodness I thought I’d marked that private – as I’m still learning – oh, well, you might want to read it later tonight for the third time 🙂 Apr 19, 15:05
  • Imou Bullet 2C Camera Motion Detection Camera by Refael: I had to read it twice. Very nice. Apr 19, 12:13
  • Peter Scargill And Now – The Poco M3 by Peter Scargill: I’m please it works for you – my friend Antonio swears by it. I let a local friend have my M3 only because I have the X3 which has a slightly better camera (and higher price). It really is good for the money. Apr 19, 09:54
  • Peter Scargill And Now – The Poco M3 by Peter Scargill: I’m please it works for you – my friend Antonio swears by it. I let a local friend have my M3 only because I have the X3 which has a slightly better camera (and higher price). It really is good for the money. Apr 19, 09:54
  • And Now – The Poco M3 by Phil: ordered one and it came in about 3 weeks from Banggood – no extra charges and does indeed seem a very nice phone for the price Apr 19, 08:39
  • Rock T20 Universal Multi-function Dual USB Socket by a: A similar device:- www.banggood.com/search/yichen-tr-148.html Apr 17, 11:03
  • CptBlackDot VIGOTEC VG-L7X 20W Laser Engraver for Christmas by CptBlackDot: Nice review Peter Thank You. Apr 17, 10:21
  • Peter Scargill Rock T20 Universal Multi-function Dual USB Socket by Peter Scargill: You’re right Steve, I’ll follow this up – I only got it on Thursday! Apr 17, 09:16
  • Steve Lenehan Rock T20 Universal Multi-function Dual USB Socket by Steve Lenehan: That must be a record – already shows as a discontinued product. Apr 17, 07:46
  • Peter Scargill ESCAM QF288 1080p WiFi IP Camera by Peter Scargill: Sure – 40cm camera to joint, 27cm joint to psu, 20cm psu to mains plug – roughly. Pete Apr 16, 12:08
  • Thierry Bodart ESCAM QF288 1080p WiFi IP Camera by Thierry Bodart: Hello Pete, could you give the length of the connection wire. Thanks Thierry Apr 16, 11:22
  • SQLITE3 Raspberry Pi Problems and Solutions? by KanyonKris: I don’t understand the link between NR and NodeJS either. Perhaps it’s a feature that the two are independent. When I upgraded to NR 1.3.1 I checked the version of NodeJS on a lark. Good thing I did because it was version 8 and about to be unsupported by NR. So I bumped it up to v12 (the newest released version for long term support). Technically v8 was still OK for NR, but it seems NR should tell you during the upgrade that you might want to also upgrade NodeJS. Apr 16, 06:35
  • Ion Ciubotaru ESCAM QF288 1080p WiFi IP Camera by Ion Ciubotaru: Hi Pete, Very good camera and price. Please try to record video stream on a raspberry + USB HDD (as storage) instead the SD card ( https://medium.com/@turhan.oz/raspberrypi-shinobi-as-a-nvr-solution-5e4bcca64c32 ). Please let me know if you succeed. Also try to block on the router all IP packages from camera to internet (for security reasons). If you find another better Onvif recorder please let me know. Also let me know if you can control camera movement from a bash script. Keep up the good work Ion Apr 16, 05:27
  • ESCAM QF260 WiFi Solar Camera by Paul Richardson: Hi Peter, Good review (as usual). Thanks for the name check. I don’t think the three times zoom is worthwhile, so I’m glad I mentioned it to you. Hope you enjoy the pub and hope you don’t get locked down. Regards, Paul Apr 15, 18:43
  • Peter Scargill ESCAM QF260 WiFi Solar Camera by Peter Scargill: Done – enjoy – I’m off to the pub in case we get locked down tomorrow.. Apr 15, 17:00
  • ESCAM QF260 WiFi Solar Camera by Paul Richardson: Hi Peter, Looking forward to it. Paul Apr 15, 16:27
  • Peter Scargill ESCAM QF260 WiFi Solar Camera by Peter Scargill: Hi Expect ESCAM QF288 blog later today – I’ll check that zoom – I would have to say it looks more like x3 zoom to me – I’ll check the spec.. Apr 15, 14:29
  • Peter Scargill Seeed WIO Terminal and Battery Pack by Peter Scargill: Yes I have, Erik, thanks… See this entry and this one too.  And in the process of responding, I got so sick of not being able to respond in HTML, I added the necessary code to fix that 🙂 Regards Pete Apr 15, 11:56
  • Seeed WIO Terminal and Battery Pack by Erik: Hello Pete, Have you ever looked at M5stack?? Has everthing you need and more.. Nice blog BTW. Apr 15, 10:47
  • Peter Scargill Xiaomi Mijia LCD Writing Tablet with Pen by Peter Scargill: Notes – I just use my Android phone camera to grab screens – auto saved wirelessly into my media folder on the PC (Microsoft “Your Phone” on both devices) – then as you see pasted into this reply. JOT? Apr 14, 13:39
  • Xiaomi Mijia LCD Writing Tablet with Pen by Sharon Pollard: Hi. How do you capture your notes.? JOT cuts the top off Apr 14, 13:15
  • AliExpress Sinilink WIFI USB Controller by charley: Hi Would it be possible to use the rx/tx pads to communicate with a connected SBC (connected to pins GND-GPIO14-GPIO15 on a Pi for instance)? So you would have a very rudimentary interaction with console of the PI and if that would have an issue power-cycle the Pi using this stick? Cheers! Apr 14, 12:11
  • Peter Scargill BigTimer by Peter Scargill: Have fun… Apr 13, 17:30
  • BigTimer by Mark: Hi Pete, Thank you for your response and the suggested workaround. I also thought about some additional filtering function but wanted to make sure I didn’t miss a setting. Regards Mark Apr 13, 16:15
  • Peter Scargill BigTimer by Peter Scargill: Hi Mark The timer works by months as that is the most common use-case. One way around this would be to put the output through a function node who’s output only operates if a global variable is true. In that case you could use an INJECT node firing out a timestamp every 5m minutes (for example) into a function node.. if you are greater than or equal to December 25th, the funcion could send the “auto” command to bigtimer.. sfter April 15th it could send the “stop” command to BigTimer…. Just a thought.. Regards Pete Apr 13, 15:45
  • Steve Lenehan Sinilink XY-WFMS ESP8266 Board with MOSFET by Steve Lenehan: Due to the size of the connectors on this device you may find something similar to this device useful https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000926802912.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.59394c4dzV4N14 – 1.27mm pin separation It sits between the FTDI and the sinilink. Apr 13, 12:25
  • BigTimer by Mark: Peter, thank you for Big Timer. This page probably has the longest comment section in all of the Internet. And now I’ll add to it. What is the recommended approach to have a timer that is only active between specific dates? There are months than can be checked but what would I do to have the timer act only between December 25 and April 15? Apr 13, 12:03
  • Peter Scargill Sinilink XY-WFMS ESP8266 Board with MOSFET by Peter Scargill: Ebay – ftdi – hundreds of articles on the web on the subject – just look for ftdi – dirt cheap. Apr 13, 10:46
  • Sinilink XY-WFMS ESP8266 Board with MOSFET by Ronny: Where can I find how to connect this to a programmer so I can flash this? Apr 13, 08:37
  • Peter Scargill The Itead Journey Continues by Peter Scargill: Thanks for that, Andreas.. Apr 12, 08:10
  • The Itead Journey Continues by Andreas: Read on Reddit that a lot of people who bought one is having problems connecting to this new Zigbee 3.0 USB dongle/stick under Linux. To me, it sounds like it has an issue with the USB to Serial converter chip on the adapter or the device driver for that USB to Serial converter chip. It uses a cheap CH340E chip (which depends on Linux kernel drivers and well as pyserial in Python applications) and CH340 is infamously known to have stability problems on both Linux and Mac OS. Anyone that have issues with this in Home Assistant ZHA should really report it to ITead as well: https://support.itead.cc/support/home I know ITead does not have Home Assistant developers but it will not get their attention otherwise. Suggest referring ITead engineers to the existing issue and ask them to help troubleshoot it. https://github.com/home-assistant/core/issues/48592 At the very least ITead’s should be able to work with Home Assistant developers by testing different firmware and faster to provide additional debug logs as they try to fix via firmware. Apr 12, 07:39
  • Peter Scargill Mobile Hotspot thoughts and discussion by Peter Scargill: Hi Not tried outdoor yet, I’m working here in a Cavehome in Southern Spain. But I’m only 2 metres from the outside window – the data aspeed incoming to my 4G router or phone is ok, but I’m finding in both cases the actual speed when routed to be a lot lower than, say, the result of a speedtest.net result on the phone. Before Spain I spent most of my time in the UK where mobile operators are also greedy though it sems voda UK do a decent price for 100GB a month of 4G/5g (if you can get the latter) data… but it is capped when roaming. It looks like using my normal broadband for normal use – also Simyo with data carry-over-for-3-months (for Youtube uploading) here in Spain remains my best bet until we get fibre…. I just need to get that actual data rate nearer to that reported by speedtest.net on the phone – WiFi tethering takes me no-where near, USB is a little better – using the GL-iNET or similar 4G router with Ethernet is not much better. So, right now, 7:30am Monday – my phone (3 metres inside the building) reports on speedtest.net 57M down, 21.3M up…. (outside the front door 58.4M – 25.7M) – I need to work on the way to get as much as possible of that upload speed in particular, into my home network. Interestingly it looks like I use 200MB of my allowance just running speectest.net twice, unless some updates came through while I had mobile turned on (15 minutes) 🙂 Apr 12, 06:01
  • Mobile Hotspot thoughts and discussion by David Oliveira: Hi Peter, any differences outdoor vs indoor speeds? Here um Portugal -algarve in Portimão and Lagos i usually have much better speeds when i Run tests outdoor using a teltonika rut950 router. Most rural areas here are band 20, and and even sometimes i feel se have very limited speeds using 4g connections. Anyway,that pricing for A 4g connection is way better there than here… Our ISP’s just want all our Monet and dont even have a good network distribution nor backbone. Cheers! Apr 11, 20:35
  • 88VF Max Lithium One-Hand Chainsaw by Paul Richardson: Hi Peter, Sorry, I wasn’t directing my complaint at you, just saying that these multi listings are making it very difficult to find a bargain. Regards, Paul Apr 10, 14:04
  • Peter Scargill 88VF Max Lithium One-Hand Chainsaw by Peter Scargill: Hi Paul This doesn’t usually happen here. On my blog entries I usually put an exact listing – but this time I discovered the exact model had suddenly become unavailable – so I quickly dropped a line to Banggood and asked them to send me a link that would cover a suitable alternative. Best they could manage 🙂 I’m guessing we are still living in a state where parts suddenly become unavailable – Covid – whatever… Regards Pete. Apr 9, 16:46
  • 88VF Max Lithium One-Hand Chainsaw by Paul Richardson: Hi Peter, I like the look of your Mini Chainsaw, but I HATE the multi listings that Banggood and eBay allow. You see an item at a good price, but when you get there, the price is only for a replacement chain, or maybe it doesn’t include the battery or charger. It’s rubbish and really annoys me. Paul Apr 9, 16:05
  • Banggood 1.3″ OLED I2C Displays by Garry Keogh: It’s done on my Ender 3 Pro. I use the back of the creality glass build plate for anything smooth. I wash the glass with soap and hot water then buff dry. When it’s set up well for the first layer and zero finger prints it does very nice gloss smooth surface with no peeling on the corners. HTH? Garry Apr 9, 14:56
  • Peter Scargill Sinilink XY-WFMS ESP8266 Board with MOSFET by Peter Scargill: I only now saw Steve’s post and your reply – when I get a moment I’ll dig out the board and have a play…. speed controller – I like that… as for the case – when steve wrote this I had no 3D printer.. I do now – great!! Thanks for this feedback guys… now all I have to do is find the board….. But thinking about it I have already written elsewhere about the cheap H802 units – once Tasmota’d – 5 channels of powerful PWM… in a box… https://tech.scargill.net/h801-led-rgbww-strip-controller-and-banggood-4-relay-board/ Mmm. Apr 9, 12:39
  • Peter Scargill Mobile Hotspot thoughts and discussion by Peter Scargill: James…. And the good thing is most of the companies here in Spain don’t hold ytou to a long contract – SO if Musk DOES decide to do a much reduced price deal, say 25 Euros a month – I personally would have it… #I spoke to our local providers yesterday and they re-inforced that in the coming weeks (theye didn’t say how many) they will be rolling out fibre even to areas with no phone lines (they have my address)….. I’m getting excited now….. waiting for YouTube uploads right now is FAR worse than watching paint dry. And that’s a good point about the jurisdiction? If for any reason you lose service (not paid bills, satellite faults etc) under which country’s rules would that operate – i.e. compensation…… in the UK, on the very rare occasions my Vodafone fast broadband has gone down (thankfully not recently) – after many calls I managed to get replacement models and compensation – would Musk feel any need to give such compensation and if not, could the country of the customer force a change of heart? All food for thought… Regards Pete.. Apr 9, 12:32
  • Sinilink XY-WFMS ESP8266 Board with MOSFET by Ronny: How would you go about to do this? Will you be able to use the relay as well? Apr 9, 12:03
  • Mobile Hotspot thoughts and discussion by James: Hi Peter Well there is a substantial cost outlay for putting enough satellites into. I am sure the costs will come down in future. Its going to pose lots of interesting questions like under who jurisdiction is the connection? The country the customer is in or the country where the main link is or where Starlink are based (if different)? James Apr 9, 10:35
  • Peter Scargill Banggood 1.3″ OLED I2C Displays by Peter Scargill: Yup, love it – glad you don’t that display on constantly… it wouldn’t last long 🙂 I’m going to check that out… what printer are you using for the faceplate? Looks smooth at least in this photo…. Apr 9, 08:14
  • Peter Scargill Mobile Hotspot thoughts and discussion by Peter Scargill: That French pricing sounds good. I expect they will cap roaming amounts as do the UK suppliers to a fraction of that. Modems.. yes gl-inet are looking promising if I can get the actual output speed nearer to the incoming rate. Apr 9, 07:09
  • Peter Scargill Mobile Hotspot thoughts and discussion by Peter Scargill: Hi James I considered Starlink in excruciating detail and was gutted when I saw the pricing details.. he’s WELL out of line with that, making it impractical for the very areas and people that need it the most. Apr 9, 07:05
  • Ozdw Mobile Hotspot thoughts and discussion by Ozdw: Pete, I found mwan3 to be a challenge to understand and configure. There are a few examples on the net that helped. If you go down this route, let me know and I’ll send my config files. I actually have two mwan3 config files– one with 4G as secondary and one as primary. A very simple script then swaps the files and restarts mwan3. There doesn’t seem to be an API or command to programmatically drive mwan3. Anyway, it’s been rock solid after I got over the initial challenge of understanding the config files. My configuration is: Satellite modem into WAN port on Spitz Internal 4G on Spitz provides second WAN interface then Pfsense firewall on Spitz LAN port configured as DMZ host in Spitz then all pc’s, servers, iot, wifi AP, etc. behind the firewall I initially tried to configure pfSense with two WAN interfaces but quickly came to grief. Got it sorted on the Spitz and haven’t dared touch it since. Yes, CGNAT is a pain but zerotier does a good job getting through. dave Apr 9, 06:06
  • Mobile Hotspot thoughts and discussion by James: Hello Have you considered Elon Musk’s Starlink service? https://www.starlink.com/ (its not cheap) James Apr 8, 21:12
  • Barbudor Mobile Hotspot thoughts and discussion by Barbudor: Current price in France is 15€ = 100GB We used to have price battles going down to 8€ for 20-40GB but all operators stopped as they want to limit the drop of revenue. So they started to fight on the GB package which cost nothing to them because most of the customer will not use a tenth of that. Official price is more 20€ for 80-100GB but you have almost continuous sales in the range I gave on top. We even add for 1 month 2 operators offering 200GB for 15€. I almost decided to get one as a backup for my landline but finally didn’t. May be I’ll go for it if it’s back (most bargains comes back every 3 months). There are nice 4G modems with either Wifi or Ethernet or both. So generally no difficulties to set that up as infrastructure. Apr 8, 18:03
  • Garry Keogh Banggood 1.3″ OLED I2C Displays by Garry Keogh: Thanks Pete. This is the route I was going but if you recall a post of mine from ages back in this blog, I wanted a nice easy display solution that would look smart in the house and allow my Mrs. to easily know what my Big Timer managed central heating was doing before and after she prodded around with the remote control buttons (a Sonoff 2-gang light switch. I figured Tasmota display.bin and a nice epaper display to look slick. In the end I went for one of the I2c OLED displays using Tasmota ans a Wemos D1 Mini. I could easily have put a button on a spari GPIO pin of the D1 but opted for a Xiaomi Zigbee button in the end. The button integrated via zigbee2mqtt onto my existing Node-RED outputs four button states by default : Single, Double, Hold, Release. I have this setup to toggle the display status to ON for 10 seconds on a single press. A double press will boost the central heating for 30 mins. Big Timer does all the scheduling and a long press of the button “advances” the schedule; toggles the state until the next Big Timer event. Any button press updates the display message and enables the display for 10 seconds, a single press lifts the current status with a flow.get() node and displays for 10nseconds. Universal acceptance so far, keeps fingers crossed!!! Hope you like it (3D printed faceplate)? G Apr 8, 17:23
  • Peter Scargill Mobile Hotspot thoughts and discussion by Peter Scargill: Hi – I can see why you thought I was spending half-ish) of my time in Spain – because that was the plan and something we kept up for some years and planned for many more – but Brexit put pay to all of that – we now had a choice – be based in the UK and take trips (up to 3 months) to Spain – or the other way around – we chose the latter. For some reason I only see special offer 100GB £15.50 after cash-back… not £7… also money is paid back after 99 days… and it’s a promo – so not long term… it isnt clear if those limits are the same in a 4G area… shame there’s a 25G cap for Europe – maybe the plan changed already…. as 100GB in Spain would definitely do it… I cant find anything anywhere above Simyo’s 35GB a month – no catches. Apr 8, 10:56
  • Mobile Hotspot thoughts and discussion by Phil: Sorry – I thought you were in UK and spending half(ish) of your time in Spain. The only fair use catch I see is I can only use 25Gb of my 100Gb whilst roaming. Feel free to edit, but this is where you can see the deal I’m recently moved to: https://www.affordablemobiles.co.uk Click “SIMs” at the top, then “Vodafone SIM only deals”, and the first option I see is 100Gb for £7/m after cashbacks. Apr 8, 09:41
  • Peter Scargill Mobile Hotspot thoughts and discussion by Peter Scargill: Hi I use various VPN methods to access my current fixed IP address here. If I take the mobile route I’ll have to consider that to ensure my VPN access continues to work…. Thanks for that feedback Paul. Apr 8, 09:12
  • Peter Scargill Mobile Hotspot thoughts and discussion by Peter Scargill: Hi Phil – I’m not a UK resident – I’m in Spain – and my SIM has roaming, yes, but it’s a Spanish SIM with SIMYO who sit on Orange. I could use HITS who sit on Vodaphone but Simyo seems to offer the best data package here, mainly because of the rollover for up to 3 months. I can if I wish have 35GB a month for €15.50 with no contract .. but 35GB is the top limit – and after thinking about it, that’s too low. One movie yesterday used up nearly 2GB. The rate you have from Voda in the UK seems unusually cheap, is there a “fair use” catch? Is that your total cost £7 a month for 100GB in the UK?? Apr 8, 09:02
  • Mobile Hotspot thoughts and discussion by Phil: Is Simyo/Orange your only choice? As you’re a UK resident, having a UK SIM and roaming may give you a choice of data provider whilst in Spain? If you’re happy to jump over the cashback hurdles (send in bills at months 6, 8, 10 ,12 etc) there are plenty deals to be had. I have 100Gb from Vodafone which I believe allows 25Gb roaming per month across Europe for £7/m. That includes uncapped speeds on 5G when available. Apr 8, 08:44
  • Peter Scargill Mobile Hotspot thoughts and discussion by Peter Scargill: Hi there My WiFi isn’t satellite bit it IS wireless and like yours it is not 100%. Now you mention it, the incoming dish/modem drives my Tp-Link router to feed my office.Via a 16-way switch I feed various gadgets in the office including my PC (hardwired) and a shedload of ESP8266 and similar devices. Finally one output from that switch drives the Spitz across the building which has both G and 5G outputs, the latter powers our TV smartbox – and replaces all manner of other routers I used to us – the Spitz has proven 100% reliable. My second thoughs after yesterdays mixed results indeed include allowing the Spitz to also handle a SIM – I’d not thought this through and the Spitz is currently secondary to the TP-Link (i.e NOT generating addresses – just a slave to the TP-link – but now you trigger me off it might be worth progressing this route… feel free to come back to me on this – I’ve not yet delved into the package manager and mwan3 yet… Erm, quick update it looks like I’ve already installed mwan3 – just not done anything with it… and this conversation has triggered me to upgrade the Spritz to the latest firmware… Regards Pete Apr 8, 08:20
  • Paul Smith Mobile Hotspot thoughts and discussion by Paul Smith: One problem you will probably run into is Carrier Grade NAT. You won’t have a real ip4 address. I came across this in the Philippines recently. Where internet in the villages is all provided by 4g. I won’t go into the details here, but I was able to get around it by having a linux host in the cloud and then using ssh tunnels to provide a secure link from my server to the cloud. I would then point node red at that cloud server and would then be accessing the node red install on the home server. This was tested, but i have used it in anger yet as i’m not there yet. Apr 8, 07:15
  • Ozdw Mobile Hotspot thoughts and discussion by Ozdw: Pete, At our rural property, we rely on both satellite and mobile broadband. I have a GL.iNet Spitz (which I think you have reviewed) with the ethernet WAN port connected to the satellite ‘modem’ and the internal 4G sim serving as the second WAN connection. The default mode is satellite is primary and the Spitz will failover to 4G automatically, when required. This capability requires the ‘mwan3’ package, which is easily installed using the Spitz’s openwrt package manager. The benefit of this setup is that every device is switched and I don’t have to futz around with a hotspot. Occasionally, performance on satellite is very bad, so I’ll cause a manual switch to 4G. Performance is excellent, with 50Mbps up and down from wifi-connected devices. If you still have the Spitz, you might consider using this type of setup. Apr 7, 23:01
  • Peter Scargill Tasmota upgrade inconsistencies ? by Peter Scargill: Good point – that’s worth pursuing.. I guess better yet, enable two normally OFF options?n options to automatically stay on the strongest signal. SO56, SO57? https://tasmota.github.io/docs/Commands/#setoption57 I just tried, made no difference – 2 boards with weak signals needed “upgrade by file load” option…. one board with green signal (in tdm) worked with normal OTA. Oh, well. Apr 6, 11:46
  • DrFragle and MrShark Tasmota upgrade inconsistencies ? by DrFragle and MrShark: i usually get long update times when my devices are connected to the wrong wifi signal (i’ve 3 ap but tasmota only uses 2)… so 1st thing i do, via tdm, is be sure they’re connected to the nearer, stronger signal… Apr 6, 10:01
  • Peter Scargill Solar HD1080P IP67 Camera by Peter Scargill: Hi Benj I’ve just updated my blog entry as it seems the version that Banggood sell (see link at top) may now have a SIM slot as well as the SD slot – mine only has the latter. Well, one photo in the AD HAS a SIM slot, another photo in the same AD looks identical to my shots. Mine hasn’t failed once since I sorted my loose battery out last year.. as you are in California you likely get lots of sun as I do here in Spain – we have had several days in a row this winter with no sun and still NO issues with the camera. That chart in your link on renewables showing China vs the USA by 2019 is interesting. Apr 6, 09:13
  • Solar HD1080P IP67 Camera by Benj Arriola: I actually never read your reply until now. Because the seller on Amazon replied to me and said to charge the batteries first for 24 hours via USB before using. And both cameras still work today. And I even bought 2 more the following year. There was one time though when my backyard one died. And this was during the winter seasons where days were shorter, and my camera was also getting a lot of shade from the wall of my house. And my solution was to raise it higher so the shadow of the house does not block the panels from getting enough sunlight. I used an antenna pole mount I got from Amazon too. Set up photo here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CI1PP2Onl7b/ So I did not return them, I got them to work. I got 2 that are 2 years old, and 2 more that are 1 year old. Hopefully, they keep working. Apr 6, 07:28
  • Peter Scargill Banggood 1.3″ OLED I2C Displays by Peter Scargill: If I’m using displays I use tasmota-display – but then if using something like a Wemos – ie any “proper” esp8266 board with 4MB of Flash as against the minimal hardware they put in lamps, why not go the whole hog and use the tasmota-platinum.bin.gz file – serial the first time but you can OTA after that…. Apr 5, 14:38
  • Peter Scargill Tasmota upgrade inconsistencies ? by Peter Scargill: Well, I got there in the end but I can’t help thinking that as I’ve seen nothing in the release notes about change to OTA, it would be reasonable to expect consistently reliable OTA unless there is something wrong – maybe signal strength dependent or other issue that only affects some installations.. the first two boards (costco-1 and costco-2) both show green signal in TDM, the cabinet board is in another room and shows orange.. but then as far as the board is concerned, signal strength is the same if doing OTA or local file – timings will of course be different.. oh well, at least it didn’t involve ripping boards down from cabinets/shelves etc. Apr 5, 14:20
  • Steve Lenehan Tasmota upgrade inconsistencies ? by Steve Lenehan: I usually stick with the release version (currently 9.3.1) from http://ota.tasmota.com/tasmota/release/tasmota.bin.gz rather than the development version – perhaps there is a glitch in the development version because I have have not seen any of these issues. Apr 5, 13:50
  • Peter Scargill Tasmota upgrade inconsistencies ? by Peter Scargill: MMM… so I just updated http://air-conditioning.broadband – 9.2.0.4 – and my OTA page on that device is set to use http://ota.tasmota.com/tasmota/tasmota.bin.gz “Start upgrade – device will restart in a few seconds” – several seconds later – “Minimal firmware – please upgrade – 9.3.1.2” – I came back 10 minutes later and the PC was still showing the “Minimal firmware – please upgrade – 9.3.1.2” page. But a quick “refresh” switched to the proper upgraded page – no idea why it didn’t ultimately refresh the page itself – and it is using the .gz suffix. My “cabinet.broadband” board on 9.2.0.7 …. I hit the “update firmware” after checking that it again was using the GZ version… when I hit “upgrade firmware”, after several seconds I got “site cannot be reached” from Chrome”. That updated itself after several more seconds to the same thing…. “site cannot be reached”. Then maybe a minute later I got the full page back showing the original version 9.2.0.7 – no intermediate page this time, just the old one. I left it untouched and maybe 3 minutes later I hit “refresh” and again the 9.2.0.7 page appeared…. I hit “upgrade” again… “this site cannot be reached…. I waited 5 minutes…and took a look in TDM – all looked ok (but not upgraded), but no change in the browser – I hit browser refresh – the 9.2.0.7 page came up no problem. The OTA link in the 3 boards is identical… I copied and pasted to ensure there were no typos or spaces etc… This time – cabinet – the 9.2.0.7 page came back almost immediately…. After a minute – I hit REFRESH – and got the “This site cannot be reached” page. Sfter 3 minutes – the 9.2.0.7 page came back all on it’s own, surviving a refresh. In other words no way was this board going to update by OTA… SO I went to the same OTA site link and grabbed both tasmota and tasmota-minimal – gz versions for local use. and selected the local update option… minimal gave “success” – then “this site cannot be reached”. TDM showed a red cross for cabinet for minutes…. after maybe 5 minutes, tdm showed cabinet as minimal 9.3.1.2 – the web page still showed “cannot be reached” so I hit refresh on the web page…suer enough – minimal – I went to the OTA upgrade option…. site cannot be reached (twice) … 5 minutes later I hit refresh again – minimal – please upgrade… so I went to try the ota upgrade – “site cannot be reached”. TDM said no (red cross”). Coffee.. minimal was again showing… update by local .gz file “upload started” – “upload succesful” – seconds later the full 9.3.1.2 appeared in the web browser and survived refresh. Something very wrong here. I should have made a video of the whole process I guess.. 🙂 Apr 5, 12:00