Progress

imageI thought I’d pen a general line as I’ve been quiet the past few days. Depressing news about France! We’re back in the UK after our summer in the sun – and nothing works – we’ve replaced the fridge, the microwave, you name it. I have managed to get some tech running, my test Raspberry Pi with Nextion display is up and running and checking the temperature downstairs – which is markedly different to what the room thermostat says – a difference I can only put down to the thermostat being on the same wall as the heating system.

As I left Spain, the WIFI issues were pretty much a thing of the past and one tiny issue I had with my Draytek router, inability to setup local DNS, was resolved this week by a kind technician at Draytek who kindly remoted into the router and brought it bang up to date – well beyond the updates I could find on the website and had I known this would be successful I would have bought another 2830 router from them for the UK. Rather handy to be able to access ESP devices by name internally. All of this is moot as the power went off over there yesterday and I’ve someone looking in on Monday to reset the fuse (some folk have all the luck, don’t they).

Time I would have normally spent on development has been spent getting TVs etc to work. Still some way to go but I want to fairly quickly get internal and external ESP temperature and humidity sensing up and running so that at least I can start graphing heat loss in the place. We use electric heat here so making the best use of heating is a priority for the winter.

No new news on Orange PI – no new versions of Debian for it that I’m aware of. No new news on Espressif’s latest product, I hope to have something new.  I’ve a PHOTON on the way to play with, Kamil Baczkowicz has confirmed that there’s a minor issue between the current Java and MQTT-SPY – older Java versions work fine and a new one will be out in January. I have MQTT.fx working but right now it has a long way to go to compete with MQTT-SPY – worth a look though.

Guy Molinari has sent me a sample of his ESP-12 LCD board which uses that little 160*240 colour LCD display I referred to in an earlier post. I’ll write something up when I actually have a desk with a soldering iron on it (workshop has yet to be built in our new home and it needs a concrete base first – all of which will take time).

Finally an “ESPresso Lite” is on it’s way to me to have a play with – more on that in a couple of weeks or so.

Update 26/11/2015: Kamil has just confirmed a workaround fixing this minor issue in the otherwise excellent MQTT-SPY – 0.1.3 beta build 24 works a TREAT. Still my favourite MQTT client test tool. https://github.com/kamilfb/mqtt-spy/wiki/Downloads – and I finally updated my last PC to Windows 10. Ahhhhh….

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2 thoughts on “Progress

  1. Hi Peter,
    Glad you are getting settled in. I didn't solder the headers because I wasn't sure how you wanted to connect it to the Nextion display. On the far left side of the board (component side up) you will see RX/TX lines. These are to connect to the Nextion. Ignore the ones on the right side. These are the serial lines for the ESP8266 UART debug and are available via USB as well. Just to the right of the ESP8266 there is a spot for a 2 pin header. This is +/-5V for the Nextion and is provided by the USB jack.

    The 2 pin jumper with the resistor plugs into the header just to the NE of the USB. This is to flash the board. The next version of the board will handle this automatically via the DTR/CTS lines just like a NodeMCU board.

    1. Hi Guy

      I'll pick this up with you shortly. A little hectic here, just back from Spain - new house move - and tomorrow I'm dropping the wife off at the airport so she can spend thanksgiving with her parents in America - in the middle of her 2 week trip I'm going there for a week. Right now I can't even find a set of pliers... so I'll be running a little slower than usual but I have your board and when they build my workshop (a quick job but for the 10 days to lay the concrete slab and get that hardened) I'll be looking at various boards. I want to make good use of the Nextion display and have bought a second - I'll likely put it on your board, right now I have the one board on test - and I have to say working perfectly. I do with the designers would get their finger out with the Windows editor which still leaves a lot to be desired, here's hoping they give us transparent PNG files and some other essentials over the Christmas. I'll be back to you just before I turn the power onto your board 🙂

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