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1  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Powering Externally While Reading Serial on: April 18, 2014, 12:36:53 pm
I checked my circuit and it was just a diode in series from the output of the regulator into the raw input of the pro mini . This isolated the upstream circuit from the USB fed 5 vdc to to pro mini.
I would think ( I am not an engineer ) that if you did the same in line diode from your regulator out to the Vin / Raw in to the board you should be protecting the USB for you computer .
I would appreciate any thoughts on this from more experienced members , I do appreciate their insight and advice.
BobD 
2  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Powering Externally While Reading Serial on: April 18, 2014, 10:57:55 am
I have run into this a few times with the OSEPP pro mini where I have external 12 vdc connected to a 6 vdc regulator then to the raw input of the pro mini. I was using the serial as well for loading and serial monitor . I noticed the regulator was getting hot ( I always do the finger scan over the board to see if anything is getting warm ) . I will go look at the schematic to see what I did to correct this as I have made a few other projects as well since where I corrected this and was able to monitor the circuit while it was live with external wall wort.
BobD
3  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Re: Web controlled relays malfunction when carrying load on: April 14, 2014, 08:23:38 pm
Have you metered the current from the Arduino output to the relay board input ? Also , if you monitor the DC voltage to the input on the relay board to see how stable it remains as relays are switched on and off .
The other thing is the wall wort that you are using , is it rated at 1 amp ? If 500 mA or less it could be insufficient current to drive the relays reliably.
Bob D
4  Using Arduino / Networking, Protocols, and Devices / Re: Insteon Library / Interface for Arduino on: April 10, 2014, 07:00:05 pm
Insteon is a nice platform to work with . Alan's Insteon shield works well with the Insteon serial modem . Lots to learn , but getting there !
Thumbs up GoodRobot !
Bob
5  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Re: Lounge LED Controller is now working again on: February 23, 2014, 05:11:18 pm
Marque,
I downloaded and re-installed the app file again and all is working as before . Are you doing anything more with this app in the future ?
I like using it fo my hall lighting control . My friends think it is neat as well !
BobbyD
6  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Re: Lounge LED Controller expired on: February 23, 2014, 05:02:57 pm
Hello Marque,
I went to open the Lounge LED Controller app on my Google phone and it says " Test version expired " .
is there a new version available for download?
Thanks for the help,
BobbyD
7  Using Arduino / Networking, Protocols, and Devices / Re: Arduino Ethernet with Insteon SmartLinc [Solved] on: February 23, 2014, 02:37:51 pm
I too am looking into using Insteon with Arduino and would like to see the working code if possible. I have Insteon product on order +  I have received an insteon shield from GoodRobot.
BobbyD   
8  Using Arduino / Networking, Protocols, and Devices / Re: Insteon Library / Interface for Arduino on: February 20, 2014, 09:46:12 pm
Thanks again for the assistance with ordering the Insteon Shield Alan , it looks good ! I placed an order for the Modem , two dimmers and a wall receptacle today. I will try to study the Inteon manual until they arrive . Then it will be time to tackle the Arduino side of things .
I will keep you posted with any progress!
BobbyD 
 
9  Using Arduino / Networking, Protocols, and Devices / Re: Insteon Library / Interface for Arduino on: February 10, 2014, 09:34:38 pm
I am very interrested in this Insteon control with Arduino .
From what I am reading here , I would need :
An Insteon shield + a  PowerLinc Modem (2413S).
Dual band Insteon dimmers + switches to control as required.

I have read so much on Insteon lately that I am confused ...will this be all that is required to set up control of the Insteon devices using commands from the Arduino ?

I will spend more time reading your wiki page to see if there are answers there that I may have overlooked.
BobbyD
10  Using Arduino / Programming Questions / Re: Usage of IRremote Lib on: December 23, 2013, 08:58:42 pm
Be patient ...I had many failed attempts before getting a working IR device going. Then I spent time decoding and writing down the hex codes for most of the remotes I had in my house. It helped to see the differences between IR codes +  it made it easy when I wanted to add device control around the house . Keep in mind that you will ultimately find a few remotes that just don't seem to be recognised without putting extra effort looking at the number of bits . I had a remote that had to be set at 31 instead of 32 , and then it decoded properly.
As suggested , spend time reading Ken's information as it will help a great deal. Best of luck and enjoy the rewards!
BobbyD
11  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Re: Bedroom automation help on: December 21, 2013, 09:35:50 am
If you are not an electrician who knows the electrical code do not modify house wiring . You will be liable for any damage or harm that may result. The suggestion for the wireless remote with the screw in base in a good suggestion for a safe control system . I would work with that instead of making changes you may regret. Do not ever conceal any electronics in a walls .You do not want to be the cause of a house fire because of a design that you thought would work , but didn't  . I hope you don't take this the wrong way , but safety standards are for our protection and making any changed to a device voids the safety standard.
BobbyD       
12  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Re: LED Lounge Controller program buttons on: December 16, 2013, 10:32:20 pm
Marque,
You are correct , it is the " program " buttons I was referring to and all is working properly . I have tried all the functions you mention in the description you wrote and all work as you stated.

My next questions have to do with the arduino code that contains the RTC function . Were you looking to use this for scheduled lighting functions?
Do you plan on adding more RGB LED's so multiple patterns can be set up ?

Thanks again,
Bob

13  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Re: Lounge LED Controller Favorites working again on: December 08, 2013, 09:13:18 am
LED Lounge Controller working with Favorites:
Solved the issue with the missing buttons by selecting a color and saving it to " Favorites 1" . All six buttons returned and played properly. This is a very nice App for mood / seasonal lighting .
Thanks Marque !
BobbyD
14  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Re: Lounge LED Controller update and questions on: December 07, 2013, 11:02:01 am
Marque,
-I was testing the functions of the Lounge LED Controller and I pushed and held the "Favorites 1" button and the Favorites bar disappeared ?
-I tried making a new profile and it looked like "Favorites" was there but went away and I am not sure how to get it back ?
-if you have any thoughts about what to do let me know and I will try it.
-I am also wondering about thr RTC and what your plan is for using it with the lighting controller ?
Many Thanks,
BobbyD 
15  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Re: Lounge LED Controller App confirmed Working on: November 30, 2013, 09:01:28 pm
The Lounge LED Controller App is confirmed working on Samsung Galaxy Nexus Google phone.
-I purchased a used phone and loaded the app
-it worked 1st shot and I like what I see !
Marque , it appears that the loading problem was with my Linsay Android tablet ...not an issue with your app .
I set a few transitions and am very impressed with the possibilities.
BobbyD

 
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