I have my Arduino motor shield set up to run the stepper motor. Now, I want to transmit information wirelessly from the Arduino to the serial monitor on my laptop, because the Arduino+motor shield and my laptop will be in different next-door rooms in the building. How do I get started on this? I’ve read the shields: Xbee, Arduino Wireless Shield (http://arduino.cc/en/Main/ArduinoWirelessShield). I’m not sure which shield to use.
I cannot use a USB cable to transmit the information, because my laptop cannot be in the same room as the Arduino+motor shield, which will be placed in a different room. I’ve never worked with wireless communication with the Arduino before. I know I need to get two Arduinos: one sitting in the far-away room (transmitter Arduino) and another attached to my laptop via USB cable (receiver Arduino), and each Arduino needs a wireless communication shield to act as transmitter + receiver shields. Is that the right idea?
Ultimately, I want 4 different arduinos wirelessly transmititng data to the arduino
connected to my laptop, preferably displaying textual data (ex: "total
arduinos (start or stop the motor) from a far-away distance in a separate room on my laptop in the building.