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ESP8266 wificonnect

 by Sheepdog ¦  Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:58 pm ¦  Forum: Wireless/RF ¦  Topic: ESP8266 wificonnect ¦  Replies: 0 ¦  Views: 414

I've used the ESP8266 Thing Dev Board a bit as a webserver. I usually set it up with a static IP, in the ESP8266. (I'm not using it as an access point, just an entity on a LAN managed by my ordinary router/ switch/ modem. In the past... very well behaved. (I use something only gently tweaked from th...

Re: How do I write a review for product

 by Sheepdog ¦  Wed May 10, 2017 12:45 pm ¦  Forum: SparkFun Site Questions/Comments ¦  Topic: How do I write a review for product ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 1260

What people above have said makes sense... trouble is, I HAVE bought the product, well before trying to review it, AND was logged in on the account used to buy it. And I have written many complimentary things about their products over the years.... ... fo...

How do I write a review for product

 by Sheepdog ¦  Mon May 01, 2017 5:00 am ¦  Forum: SparkFun Site Questions/Comments ¦  Topic: How do I write a review for product ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 1260

When we browse the Sparkfun products, at the bottom of each's page, there are comments and reviews.

I have no problem leaving a comment, but I haven't figured out how to leave a review. Hints, please?

ESP8266-tutorial/ protoboard

 by Sheepdog ¦  Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:52 am ¦  Forum: Arduino ¦  Topic: ESP8266-tutorial/ protoboard ¦  Replies: 0 ¦  Views: 390

Announcing a tutorial which I hope will help new users of the fabulous little ESP8266 get going... It was written for ESP8266, "Thing: Dev Board", but many elements should also be useful to people with Sparkfun's OTHER ESP8266 "Thing". At ...

Particle Photon w/ Android or XP

 by Sheepdog ¦  Tue Aug 25, 2015 5:35 am ¦  Forum: SparkFun Product Questions ¦  Topic: Particle Photon w/ Android or XP ¦  Replies: 1 ¦  Views: 374

Four hours to "get in" to a new Photon. Some of the gory details below. Finally in, not entirely sure how or why at this stage... but a few pointers to things that were problems for me... If after a failed setup, and a power cycle for your Photon, it is winking green, that's it trying... and failing...

Particle Photon Secret

 by Sheepdog ¦  Sat May 16, 2015 12:47 am ¦  Forum: SparkFun Product Questions ¦  Topic: Particle Photon Secret ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 924

Very frustrated with the promotional material regarding Spark/Particle Photon. Finally managed to understand that "Spark" was the old name for the people behind Photon, and that it isn't out of Sparkfun. Although Sparkfun seem very excited... or want to be seen as excited?... about the Photon. But t...

.lib and .mod files for KiCad... ProMini so far

 by Sheepdog ¦  Wed Feb 11, 2015 5:22 am ¦  Forum: Arduino ¦  Topic: .lib and .mod files for KiCad... ProMini so far ¦  Replies: 0 ¦  Views: 2119

I offer free a .lib and a .mod file for KiCad so that you can put an Arduino Pro Mini as a module (in the broad, not the narrow KiCad, sense) on a PCB you are designing.

HowTo: Input/output across web. Teensy, Wiz820io

 by Sheepdog ¦  Sat Nov 15, 2014 3:52 am ¦  Forum: Arduino ¦  Topic: HowTo: Input/output across web. Teensy, Wiz820io ¦  Replies: 0 ¦  Views: 384

I recently started with the Teensy 3.1, plus a Wiz820io Ethernet module. Full sourcecode available for download. My ArduServer software ported across without great drama. Once it was in the Teensy, I able to do much more than I achieved a while back, with a small Arduino and W5100. From anywhere on ...

Re: Need some ideas for detecting phone vibrations

 by Sheepdog ¦  Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:56 am ¦  Forum: Arduino ¦  Topic: Need some ideas for detecting phone vibrations ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 1006

Three things... Two on avoiding false positives: Have a switch... it could be "automatic" by some mechanical means... that enables the "ring alarm when you see vibration" only when the phone is on the stand. I wonder if the module that causes the phone to vibrate throws out some electro-magnetic wav...

Re: Anyone used KiCad?

 by Sheepdog ¦  Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:41 am ¦  Forum: PCB Design Questions ¦  Topic: Anyone used KiCad? ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 1219

I also recommend creating your own custom library to store parts in.... In another thread someone pointed out that besides the other good reasons for adopting this working practice there is the fact that from time to time, you will probably want to download the latest revisions to KiCad... and when...

Re: a novice in electronics, where to look?(book,website,mag

 by Sheepdog ¦  Tue Nov 01, 2011 2:40 pm ¦  Forum: SparkFun Product Questions ¦  Topic: a novice in electronics, where to look?(book,website,magazi ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 699

It was for people like you that I wrote the pages at my Arduino site... I hope they will get you up and running with minimum early learning curve woe. I like the Arduino because of the great community behind it. There have been other, similar, fun things o...

Re: Reading a thermostat remotely

 by Sheepdog ¦  Tue Nov 01, 2011 2:34 pm ¦  Forum: SparkFun Product Questions ¦  Topic: Reading a thermostat remotely ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 1693

Here's more help on opto-isolators, which may well be very useful to your wants... Be sure to note the bit at the bottom about the opto-isolators for AC use. === You want to read the status of your system from your PC. From outside your home? Across t...

Anyone used KiCad?

 by Sheepdog ¦  Tue Nov 01, 2011 2:16 pm ¦  Forum: PCB Design Questions ¦  Topic: Anyone used KiCad? ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 1219

Anyone used KiCad? (PCB design software) I've been "playing" with it... very impressed... but don't want to spend (more) hours and discover down the road that it has some major deal breaker. Free. Open Source. Versions for Windows (I use it with XP), Linux, Mac. (A while ago, someone didn't like the...

Re: Manufacturing your own PCB

 by Sheepdog ¦  Tue Nov 01, 2011 2:05 pm ¦  Forum: PCB Design Questions ¦  Topic: Manufacturing your own PCB ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 915

Dear Clay, When you say "order the copper layout by itself", were you thinking that the copper is somehow cut out, and THEN "stuck" to the board? Doesn't work like that. For description of a hobbyist way to make PCBs (which will clarify the above for you), see...

ANN: An interactive webserver in an Arduino, with code

 by Sheepdog ¦  Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:52 am ¦  Forum: SparkFun Product Questions ¦  Topic: ANN: An interactive webserver in an Arduino, with code ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 566

I've used one of the "new" Arduino Ethernet Shields (W5100 based, Sparkfun product DEV-09026) plus an Arduino Uno to put a server online. It has buttons to turn an LED on my Arduino on and off across the 'net, and a light sensor "watching" the LED, so you can see whether it reacts. (The light sensor...