Receiving Serial Data

Hello All:

I've been searching for a programming method to get the following functionality:

User sends a serial command, this could either be true false (to turn something on or off) or it could be a numerical input (to change the value of something). For instance, If the user sends turnled12on or turnled12off it would turn LED 12 (for example) on or off. I was planning on achieving this functionality using switch statements. Where I run into issues is with the numerical inputs. I would like to allow user to send a command for instance to change the gain of an ADC or set the value of a pot. they would need an identifier as well as a number that indicates what to change to. How would you achieve this? I was thinking maybe an array input and then using 2 digits as an identifier and the other two digits as the numerical input, but I'm not sure how to go about programming this.

I'm fairly new to C++ and MC's in general so any help/direction would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance!

How does “turnled12on” convey more information than <12, 1>? The latter is far easier to parse.

The below is for controlling servos, but it does things you seem to want to do.

//zoomkat 11-22-12 simple delimited ',' string parse 
//from serial port input (via serial monitor)
//and print result out serial port
//multi servos added 
// Powering a servo from the arduino usually *DOES NOT WORK*.

String readString;
#include <Servo.h> 
Servo myservoa, myservob, myservoc, myservod;  // create servo object to control a servo 

void setup() {

  //myservoa.writeMicroseconds(1500); //set initial servo position if desired

  myservoa.attach(6);  //the pin for the servoa control
  myservob.attach(7);  //the pin for the servob control
  myservoc.attach(8);  //the pin for the servoc control
  myservod.attach(9);  //the pin for the servod control 
  Serial.println("multi-servo-delimit-test-dual-input-11-22-12"); // so I can keep track of what is loaded

void loop() {

  //expect single strings like 700a, or 1500c, or 2000d,
  //or like 30c, or 90a, or 180d,
  //or combined like 30c,180b,70a,120d,

  if (Serial.available())  {
    char c =;  //gets one byte from serial buffer
    if (c == ',') {
      if (readString.length() >1) {
        Serial.println(readString); //prints string to serial port out

        int n = readString.toInt();  //convert readString into a number

        // auto select appropriate value, copied from someone elses code.
        if(n >= 500)
          Serial.print("writing Microseconds: ");
          if(readString.indexOf('a') >0) myservoa.writeMicroseconds(n);
          if(readString.indexOf('b') >0) myservob.writeMicroseconds(n);
          if(readString.indexOf('c') >0) myservoc.writeMicroseconds(n);
          if(readString.indexOf('d') >0) myservod.writeMicroseconds(n);
          Serial.print("writing Angle: ");
          if(readString.indexOf('a') >0) myservoa.write(n);
          if(readString.indexOf('b') >0) myservob.write(n);
          if(readString.indexOf('c') >0) myservoc.write(n);
          if(readString.indexOf('d') >0) myservod.write(n);
         readString=""; //clears variable for new input
    else {     
      readString += c; //makes the string readString

Look at the Thread serial input basics. It should cover what you want.