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I want to send an email to myself when a mousetrap goes off. Would I need an Ethernet shield or can I program it and send a serial code through something like Processing which then in turn would hook up with the internet ?
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Would I need an Ethernet shield or can I program it and send a serial code through something like Processing which then in turn would hook up with the internet ?
Either one would work. The ethernet shield would not require that a PC be running all the time, with a specific application running. The PC approach would be cheaper, unless you need to buy the PC. It might also be easier of it is already configured to send mail.
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I'm sorry to keep coming back, but... I'm not quite sure how to do that. Could anyone give me a quick how-to?
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The first thing you need to find is a web service that can send e-mails for you. Then, you determine what the GET request looks like to invoke the service. Then, you make the GET request, either from the Arduino with ethernet shield, as a client, or from the PC application.

If you elect the PC route, then you need to send data to the serial port to define what the e-mail message, destination, etc. is.
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