TerraControl V3.0 - ESP8266 + BLYNK


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QUESTION: Would you be interested in new version using Wemos D1 mini and both DS18 sensor (for temperature) and DHT22 (for humidity)? Let me know in the comments. Thanks!


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Hey guys,

after few months of playing with ESP8266 I finally got new version of TerraControl I'm satisfied with and willing to share with you. Some of you might notice I'm skipping version 2.0...that's because that version was using mostly the old code with few additions but it was still messy as hell. Thanks to Blynk I was able to cut over 600 rows of code to 100 rows of much simple code!

What's changed?

  • Little adjustments is the physical connections. Mainly because of the DHT sensor which could not be connected while booting up in the old version. It is all fixed now and no power blackout will mess with your settings.
  • No ESP8266 WebServer. Which is a good thing, trust me on this.
  • Total control via Blynk app. From anywhere in the world, you can control anything you want. I know this might sound as an advertisement, but I really grew to like Blynk.
  • Much more possibilities - whole household connected and controllable/monitored via one app.

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Step 1: What You Need...

  • NodeMCU 1.0 12E board - $3.32
  • Relay board - for example - $5.90
  • Temperature and humidity sensor DHT22(11) - $2.87
  • Given the nature of NodeMCU board (its output is only 3.3v) you will either have to buy 3.3V relay board (in the link above), or modify 5v board, or buy I2C logic converter module - for example - $0.9
  • 5V source (I'm using older usb charger)
  • wires
  • solder
  • case/box
  • Arduino IDE


Connections --> NodeMCU

DHT22/11 data pin --> D6

relayLight --> D1
relayHeat --> D2
relayHeat2 --> D5
relayFan --> D9 (RX pin on NodeMCU)


You need to power the modules according to their specs. If you are using 3.3v relay board, you can power it straight from the NodeMCU, otherwise you need to use external 5V.

I'm using my old parts and case, only needed to switch two wires...

Step 2: Blynk Setup

For those who don't know what Blynk is, it is a Platform with iOS and Android apps to control
Arduino, Raspberry Pi and the likes over the Internet. It's a digital dashboard where you can build a graphic interface for your project by simply dragging and dropping widgets. You might need to purchase some energy in the Blynk app but I think $4-5 is a good price for project like this.

Let's start on Andorid device (iOS version doesn't allow adding widgets or editing Eventor events yet):

  • Download the Blynk app
  • Sign up or login (if you already have an account)
  • Tap "+" to create New Project Give the project a name and select device you are using (in our case it is ESP8266) and tap "Create" You will receive an Authentication token in you mail box, we are going to need it later
  • On the Blynk Project page tap "+" and add:
    • 4 buttons
    • 4 LEDs
    • 2 (labeled) displays
    • Real-Time clock
    • Notification
    • Eventor
    • History Graph (optional)
  • Use the widget settings as seen on the last picture (if you set it up differently you will need to modify the code)
  • In the project settings (nut icon on the top) "Send app connected command" to ON.
  • Close the settings and open Eventor

Step 3: Eventor

Let's continue with creating Eventor events...

First set up the Light control:

  • Add new event
    • When...TIME (select time when you want light to turn ON) set pin...(V10) to 1
  • Add new event
    • When...TIME (select time when you want light to turn OFF) set pin...(V10) to 0

Now the Heat control

  • Add new event
    • When Temperature V8 is lower than 30 set pin...(V11) to 1
  • Add new event
    • When Temperature V8 is higher or equal than 30 set pin...(V11) to 0

When you are done, close the Eventor and hit the play button on you project.

I hope you get the idea. If you start playing with Eventor you will discover more possibilities and options. In the current setup, the Light and Heat is automated and Heat2 and Fan manually controlled, but all four features can be controlled simply via pushing the button and it will override your current settings until the next condition is met.

Step 4: The Code

Connect your board to the computer fire up the Arduino IDE, open the source code and let's have a quick look at it...

Libraries

You need to download three libraries to get the code working:

ESP8266WiFi.h
DHT.h
BlynkSimpleEsp8266.h (from the Blynk library)

Settings (change to your own needs)

const char ssid[] = "YOUR WIFI SSID";
const char pass[] = "YOUR WIFI PASSWORD";
char auth[] = "YOUR BLYNK PROJECT TOKEN"; (you will receive this in the e-mail after creating a project in the Blynk app)

That's it! You can upload the code and check on you phone that it is connected.

For full disclosure I'm still using the opposite states for relay 3 & 4 (Heat2 & Fan) from the first version. See the picture. Heat has states HIGH when the Blynk button is ON, LOW when OFF. The Heat2 has the opposite states.


Step 5: Working...? Great!

You might come up with even better solution of using the Eventor. To clarify the use of LED widgets: When you press a button or the Eventor sends a switch event, the code will at first switch the relay to the desired state and then fire a virtualWrite to turn the corresponding LED ON/OFF. This way you always know whether or not was your action successful (might be cause of connection issues but it did not happened while I was using this app for the last two months).

History graph is not necessary but a nice feature to have, it is using the same data we are sending to the Labeled values and stores them on Blynk server. You can have much more data available to you with the export option, which was not possible with the previous version.

This setup is universal. I believe I managed to clear up the code as much as it was possible with the same functionalities and more. You can use it to control your terrarium, aquarium, garden, aqua-phonic systems, incubators, etc. Just have fun and if you like this project, leave a comment. I'm sorry if I skipped some setup or something is not clear enough. In that case, send me a PM and I will fix it asap. Thank you for reading!

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hargard

6 months ago

Just a Brill project.
Have got the project working OK :)
But I am going to play with the Blynk editor a little to adjust to what I want .
Thank YOU.

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PraetorianCZhargard

Reply 6 months ago

Thank you :) Good luck with that! Share your result when you are done...

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xirixx

8 months ago

I have tried this project with blynk free, adding only v8 a v9 labels and at the the sensor work intermittently, and show levels like 3300 % humidity and 9800 ºC. I will not buy credit for the aplicacation till know than It will work correctly, so can you tell me if this it´s normal with blynk free? The dht22 work correctly and show correct values with other scripts. Thank you in advance.

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PraetorianCZxirixx

Reply 6 months ago

Try to add serial.println to see what the actual values are. The only time I got similar error was wrong setup with DHT11 instead of DHT22...

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kaju666

1 year ago

You should add wifi manager to your script. Its easy and really helpful becouse you can type wifi name and password and blynk token from your phone :)


PS: Ok i looked into the code and in my option is useless to use with live animal. The problem is that all the computing is on blynk side, so when the heater is on and we lost internet connection in house we can cook our snake or other animal :(

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PraetorianCZkaju666

Reply 9 months ago

WifiManager looks good, I might take a look into it in the future. Thanks for the tip!

As for the usage... This suppose that you have optimal elements used in your setup. If you are using heating elements that are constantly being turned on and off and your temperature rising and falling, you might want to use heating element with lower wattage for example. I have been using this setup for 3 years now and I haven't had any problems. But it might also depends on where you live.

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Sajovicd

1 year ago

Hello, greta project!

Can you help me.?

I am building terrarium for chameleon and I will use reading for temperature and humiditiy, timer for light, timer for misting pump. I would like to add also a sensor for tank water level. So if there is not enough water, pump will not start and it will send me notification about water level.

The question is what level sensor to use ,how to connected and how to build a blynk project...

I would be realy happy for any help.

Thanks.

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PraetorianCZSajovicd

Reply 1 year ago

Hi, sorry I noticed your comment only today... Did you figure out how to modify the code? If I understand it correctly you would like to control 3 relays - Heating, Lighting and the misting pump? As for the misting pump and the sensor....Blynk unfortunately doesn't support multiple conditions and therefore the pump control would have to be done on the Nodemcu side instead of the app but it is definitely doable.

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SajovicdPraetorianCZ

Reply 1 year ago

Hello,

Well if I saw your answer only today, I must say you answer me very fast :)

Well however I did manage to get all working perfectly I combine the code something from your code and something from someody alse and something from someone third... and it finally works fine. If you are interested I can send you new code if you would like to see it.

Thanks and best regards

Damjan

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Javierc182

1 year ago

Is it possible that during the day it turns on to catch a temperature and at night another?

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PraetorianCZJavierc182

Reply 1 year ago

Hi, as I stated in the comment above, multiple condition on Blynk are on to-do list so you would have to modify the code and add some conditions that you would not be able modify via Blynk (well, you could do that, but you would need more widgets for that)