Just some minor updates…
If you’re using Blynk server locally for your IOT there is a new update – a fix for crashing with Raspberry Pi 3 and some other fixes by the look of it – link is here. Incidentally I just rename the server file to server.jar and restart Node-Red when they come out with a fix. I should say that mine is running on a pair of Raspberry Pi 2 boards and I’ve not had one error out of it in the last couple of months. I’m using the node-red-contrib-blynk-websockets library which continues (unlike the non-websockets version) to operate flawlessly. Now if only Blynk would get rid of the fixed on/off titles on buttons…
MQTT – TuanPM version – I noted a minor fix in there which explained some issues I’d had with retries on bad connections. About a month old but just in case you missed this – https://github.com/tuanpmt/esp_mqtt
Thanks to David Miles for alerting me to this cheap cat poo sensor – ordered a couple of China as no-one in Europe seems to be selling them on Ebay – http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/272041590945 that should alert me to any cat-accidents – I’m wondering if it will pick up on kitchen smells – I’m thinking for our holiday cottage rental it could be useful to long-term monitor the air.
The code we use for our own IOT which is featured in Home Control 2016 and the Serial Nextion project (don’t forget to vote – item 75 in the ESP8266.com competition) has been updated to handle multiple SSIDs and is something I keep going back to and improving within the limitations of rapidly decreasing .TEXT memory in the ESP (my one gripe about the chip).
Still finding success with Imperihome Android App but the lack of general purpose buttons, sliders and LEDS is beginning to get to me – so many people putting in requests for specialised hardware, it seems to me that providing generalised inputs and outputs seems a more sensible route – I guess they must get a lot of mail as I’ve had no feedback from my requests. Hence I still need Blynk and node-red-contrib-ui to perform certain functions like setting on/off times and heating schedules for my thermostat.
And that’s about all that is new for now.