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WiNet Kit

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John asked me about putting together a remote weather station in the bedroom, so he wouldn’t have to trek all the way downstairs to check the computer before getting dressed in the morning. Dominik mentioned a portable “shopping list” device that he could place right by the fridge. This way, he could click a button on the screen whenever he was out of milk or eggs, which would upload to a computer wirelessly. On the next trip to the grocery store, he can click “send list” on the screen, and the list gets sent to his phone as an email or text.

The list goes on, and personally, I think wireless, like blinking lights, just makes everything a litte more fun. So Mike and I put together a kit for wireless network kit, or the “WiNet Kit”. The WiNet kit comes with an Arduino and Xbee shield for the base station that’s connected to your computer, and a TouchShield Slide, DoubleTall ExtenderShield, MeCap Backpack , Arduino and Xbee for the remote station.

The WiNet Kit talks to the PC from up to 200 feet through walls and much further outdoors. It’s great for wireless sensor logging or remote user input.

Getting the Xbees to talk to each other can be tricky sometimes, but there’s no digging through datasheets and programming APIs to set this one up. Mike pre-programs each WiNet Kit so the two zigbee devices are already paired with each other. Simply Serial.print() all the wireless data you want!



Assembly Instructions

1.) Parts

2.) Place one Xbee Shield on the an Arduino

3.) The PC module is ready to go

4.) Setup the Backpack with screws and dowels

5.) Attach the Backpack to the DoubleTall ExtenderShield

6.) Insert the DoubleTall ExtenderShield into the Arduino

7.) Connect the stripped wires to the Backpack

8.) Red is +5V and the Black is for Ground

9.) Rest the TouchShield Slide onto the ExtenderShield

10.) Connect the Xbee Power Wires to the ExtenderShield

11.) Attach the other end of the stripped wires to the Xbee

12.) Place the Xbee Shield on top of the Extendershield

13.) Connect the Backpack wires to the TouchShield Slide

14.) Red is +5V and the Black is for Ground

15.) The final step is reattaching the Slide





WiNet Kit Test Code ( WiNet1.gdt ) – Example code for the Antipasto Arduino IDE with all the serial setup to talk.


Kit Contents




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