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EasyIoT Simplified

So this Lazy Old Geek (L.O.G.) wanted to make a webserver to display various sensors. After some research I decided to try out EasyIoT since I already had a Raspberry PI, ESP8266s and some nrfl24L01s.

My thanks to the creator of EasyIoT. He did an excellent job. It is well documented here:

http://iot-playground.com/

and here’s some instructions on how to install the software to a Raspberry PI.

http://iot-playground.com/2-uncategorised/3-easyiot-server-installation

PROBLEM: Well, I tried to do what it says but I couldn’t figure it out when it got to step 4 Install EasyIoT server.

FYI: While I’m pretty familiar with Windows and Arduinos, I don’t know much about Linux, Raspberry PI and web servers.

SOLUTION: With some research and lots of trial and error, here’s what I did:

Requirements:

Personal computer

Home network with wireless access point

Raspberry PI or PI 2

ESP-01(ESP8266) for my first sensor

Personal computer:

Go to the download page:

http://iot-playground.com/download

Go to the bottom of the page and click on the latest

Mine was EasyIoT server v0.8

Click on it and download it to your PC

Unzip it. (An image file will be created (*.img)) (Remember where you put it)

So how do you get this on to an SD card that the Raspberry PI can use?

Next go to:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/

Download Win32DiskImager

Put an SD card into your PC. 16gB is better (some 8gB cards weren’t big enough). Note the drive#. Mine was G:

Open Win32DiskImager (see picture)

Click on the little blue icon (file?) and browse to and select Image file

Under “Device”, select correct drive for SD card

IMPORTANT: Make sure it’s the correct drive. It will be overwritten

Click on “Write”

The next picture shows it in progress.

Wait and wait

Finally it will finish

Raspberry PI:

Connect an Ethernet cable to your home network and to the Raspberry PI

Connect USB keyboard/mouse adapter

Connect monitor to HDMI connector

Put SD card in

Power up

Watch it load

NOTE: I had a 32gB SD card that would not load. What I did was reformat it to ‘FAT’ (not exfat), then reloaded image. It worked.

Wait a long time until you get a prompt

Near the bottom, the screen should show:

My IP address is ???.???.???.???

Write it down, this is the address of your EasyIoT server

When asked for login: pi

Password: raspberry

Step 1: More

Now from:

http://iot-playground.com/2-uncategorised/3-easyiot-server-installation

Raspberry PI:

1. Enable SPI. (Only needed if you have nrfl24l01 connected to Raspberry)

Type: sudo raspi-config

NOTE: Mouse is not enabled, use the cursor keys (Arrows) and ENTER key

Select 1EXPAND FILESYSTEM

Then go to 8 - Advanced options

A6 SPI, Yes

SPI interface enabled: Yes

SPI kernel to be loaded: Yes

The scroll down and select Finish

NOTE: you may want to set timezone while you are here:

Select 4 Internationalisation Options

Choose your timezone.

Reboot: Yes

2. Get updates/upgrades

sudo apt_get update

sudo apt_get upgrade

Do you want to continue (Y/n) Y

I did not install SSL Certification. I guess this provides secure access to the EasyIOT server from web browsers

Apparently, the EasyIoT server should now be running in the background.

Personal computer:

Open a Web browser (I use Chrome)

Put your cursor to the top of window where it probably says http:… or https:…:

Delete whatever is there and enter your webserver address, something like this:

192.168.0.105

It should ask you for Username:

Username: admin

Password: test

Select Login

Hopefully, you will get a window like the picture. Yeah, your webserver is up.

Step 2: Temperature Sensor

So apparently my EasyIoT is running/working but I don’t really know unless I get it to do something. Well, the following looked pretty easy:

https://www.instructables.com/id/ESP8266-WiFi-DB18B...

http://iot-playground.com/2-uncategorised/41-esp82...

So this EasyIoT creator is an expert on so many things. But I’m OLD and can’t always understand lots of details. I pretty much followed his Instructions but here are some tips.

NOTE: When I refer to the sketch, I’m talking about the program loaded into the Arduino Environment but loaded to the ESP-01 module.

Step 2: Add node to EasyIoT server

Personal computer:

Open a Web browser to your EasyIoT server

The “Configure” button is at the left bottom of the screen, see picture.

Drivers

Virtual Driver

NOTE: I thought this would be under ESP8266 but it’s under Virtual Driver. Maybe because of the way the sketch is written.

Add Node

Write down the node address. It’s needed in the Sketch.

Step 4: Program

So programming the ESP-01(ESP8266) with Arduino environment is pretty tricky. I wrote my own Instructable on how I did it:

https://www.instructables.com/id/ESP8266-as-Arduino...

You also need the following EasyIoT library:

This is the Arduino-master library that has ESP8266 stuff and nrf24L01 stuff

https://github.com/iot-playground/Arduino

Here is the sketch for the ESP8266:

https://www.instructables.com/id/ESP8266-as-Arduino...

NOTE: The AP_SSID and AP_PASSWORD refer to your home network wireless access point. It’s the information you use to connect to your home network.Put these into the sketch.

PROBLEM: So I tried to compile this sketch but got an error with the base64_encode() command. Well, the sketch comments said to use this external library:

https://github.com/adamvr/arduino-base64

So I added it but it still wouldn’t compile.

SOLUTION: Well, EasyIoT has a website: http://iot-playground.com/

And I found this in the community forum and used this library base64.zip library. See attached.

http://iot-playground.com/forum/esp8266-arduino-id...

TIP: Remove the Arduino-base64-master library

Well, it finally works. See picture

Step 3: Customization

Here’s a picture of my sensor hardware. Instead of using 2 AA batteries, I used a Lithium Ion battery (the huge square underneath the protoboard. So I used an L4931 voltage regulator to bring it down to 3.3Vdc.

I wanted Fahrenheit instead of Centigrade so I changed this line in the sketch:

temp = DS18B20.getTempCByIndex(0);

to this:

temp = DS18B20.getTempFByIndex(0);

So I also wanted to see the data log, like in the Instructable:

So I opened up the EasyIoT web server, Went into “Configure”, Groups, Virtual.

To the far right of my sensor ‘DS18B20’ there is a configure icon, click on it. See picture. I added unit as Fahrenheit.

The window has a scroll bar on the right so scroll down. See Picture.

Check Log to Database

Click on ‘Save’

Go back to the main page, under Virtual, to the far right of my sensor (DS18B20) there is an arrow labeled Chart. Click on it and get the chart. See picture.

Note: The reason why they look like stairsteps is because the sample interval is 60 seconds (in the sketch).

Yeah! The server works!

Well, it’s a start.

<p>Is it possible to use Raspberry 3 in this project?</p>
<p>Should be possible.</p><p>LOG</p>
<p>My raspberry stays a long time on a color screen, and the prompt does not appear.</p><p>Is it normal to take this?</p><p>I get the impression that it will stay on this color screen forever!</p><p>I'm almost giving up the installation.</p><p>Thanks for the answer!</p>
<p>Sorry, I don't use my Raspberry very much. But I know it takes a lot longer than a PC. I would say if nothing happens after five minutes than something is wrong.</p><p>LOG</p>

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