Please help with 1st arduino project
I love this site, and have been totally inspired by many of the projects I see on here, thank you to everyone who takes the time to post their work here.
I'm trying to get into my first arduino project and am just looking for some help getting started. Like many other people, my wife/kids (never me) tend to leave the garage door open, and I was looking for an inexpensive way to build a monitor, using an arduino board.
Joe's garage monitor seems really great (https://www.instructables.com/id/Garage-Monitor-3001/#step1), but the post is a little old, and some of the parts listed do not look like they are available anymore.
And it may be too much, I can connect this sensor to my home network (since my garage is next to my home's boiler room where all my networking is wired to).
So basically I am thinking of the magentic sensors (http://www.dinodirect.com/Plastic-Door-Magnetic-Sensor-Alarm-Security-System-MC-31.html) on the grage door to indicate open/closed, which are only a few dollars, and then somehow connecting that to an arduino board, and then patch the board to my home network where I can log the status to a database.
any help with suggestions for an inexpensive board to get started, is greatly appreciated, thanks!