I have been searching for some time on an easy means of collecting data and sending it to a central location. I have 3 devices I would like to log events to a location I can see from my PC.
Every wifi solution seems to involve programming on multiple platforms. I purchased a ESP8266 but it fails to connect to my network or the hotspot from my cell phone. I figured I'd eventually build on my knowledge and find a solution, but I've hit a wall right out of the gate.
From my perspective, the best solution would be the ability to simply read the data being collected from a network drive. Is there an easy way to make an arduino share an sd card through a wired or wireless connection. If so, does it make more sense to send data via xbee to a single collection point and write data to the SD card?
Without buying a $100 wifi shield (lets keep the price reasonable) is there a set of librairies that simply allow you to enter your network information and send data to a google doc. I'd like to be able to manipulate the data in a spreadsheet, not just examine some silly graph. All the internet of things videos I've seen (not a lot) seem so useless.
I'll give an example of one project, so you can understand my basic goal. We fill 5 gallon buckets from a 55 gallon drum about once a week. This takes time so sometime the operator walks away and will be left with a spill. I've created a device that controls a valve to shut off the flow when the bucket is full. I'd like to report to a spreadsheet every time a bucket is filled so that I have a tally of how many gallons have been drained from the drum. Hence the need to manipulate the data.
So, if someone can point me to the best gear for my projects, a tutorial that doesn't require I learn 3 more programming languages, or just tell me it's totally hopeless and arduino isn't there yet, I would greatly appreciate it.