Building Wireless Sensor Networks Using Arduino

Leverage the powerful Arduino and XBee platforms to monitor and control your surroundings

Building Wireless Sensor Networks Using Arduino

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Matthijs Kooijman

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Leverage the powerful Arduino and XBee platforms to monitor and control your surroundings
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Book Details

ISBN 139781784395582
Paperback192 pages

Book Description

Arduino has been established as the de facto standard microcontroller programming platform, being used for one-off do-it-yourself projects as well as prototypes for actual products. By providing a myriad of libraries, the Arduino community has made it very easy to interact with pretty much any piece of hardware out there. XBee offers a great range of low-power wireless solutions that are easy to work with, by taking all of the complexity of wireless (mesh) networking out of your hands and letting you focus on what to send without worrying about the how. Building wireless sensor networks is cost-effective as well as efficient as it will be done with Arduino support.

The book starts with a brief introduction to various wireless protocols, concepts, and the XBee hardware that enables their use. Then the book expands to explain the Arduino boards to you, letting them read and send sensor data, collect that data centrally, and then even control your home from the Internet. Moving further more advanced topics such as interacting through the standard Zigbee Home Automation protocol, or making your application power-efficient are covered. By the end of the book, you will have all the tools needed to build complete, real-world solutions.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A World without Wires
XBee radio hardware
Your first transmission
Getting and running XCTU
Receiving data
Switching to API mode
Starting and joining a network
Making your network secure
Other XBee families
Summary
Chapter 2: Collecting Sensor Data
Hardware setup
Software setup
Sending and receiving data
Collecting sensor data
Troubleshooting
Summary
Chapter 3: Storing and Visualizing Your Data
Storing your data in the cloud
Keeping your data locally
Summary
Chapter 4: Controlling the World
Controlling your heating and/or cooling system
Control systems
Adding setpoint control
Controlling a relay
Controlling off-the-shelf ZigBee devices
Summary
Chapter 5: Standalone XBee Operation
Creating a window sensor
Creating a standalone relay
Summary
Chapter 6: Battery Power and Sleeping
Battery power
Saving power
XBee power-saving
Arduino power-saving
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Interact with XBee boards using the XCTU program on Windows, OS X, or Linux
  • Make your Arduino boards communicate wirelessly, using XBee modules in the advanced API mode
  • Centrally collect and store measured sensor data, in the cloud or your own database
  • Connect the coordinator Arduino to the Internet and send data to web services
  • Control your environment automatically, based on sensor input from your network
  • Interact with off-the-shelf ZigBee Home Automation devices
  • Make your devices battery-powered and let them sleep to get months or even years of battery life

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A World without Wires
XBee radio hardware
Your first transmission
Getting and running XCTU
Receiving data
Switching to API mode
Starting and joining a network
Making your network secure
Other XBee families
Summary
Chapter 2: Collecting Sensor Data
Hardware setup
Software setup
Sending and receiving data
Collecting sensor data
Troubleshooting
Summary
Chapter 3: Storing and Visualizing Your Data
Storing your data in the cloud
Keeping your data locally
Summary
Chapter 4: Controlling the World
Controlling your heating and/or cooling system
Control systems
Adding setpoint control
Controlling a relay
Controlling off-the-shelf ZigBee devices
Summary
Chapter 5: Standalone XBee Operation
Creating a window sensor
Creating a standalone relay
Summary
Chapter 6: Battery Power and Sleeping
Battery power
Saving power
XBee power-saving
Arduino power-saving
Summary

Book Details

ISBN 139781784395582
Paperback192 pages
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