It's kind of a hassle wasting 5 minutes, 2 - 3 times per day waiting on the gate to open, and the LONG wait for it to close just to make sure nobody sneaked in...
Looking at fitting a cantilevered sliding gate here so it traverses the -20 ice and snow (no bottom rail), but will be opening and closing it manually as it's way faster..
Plenty of manufacturers of gates depending on your locale, most of the kit here seems to be rebranded turkish, italian or chinese origin, but as sliding gates are usually driven by a fixed motor on a castellated rail they are slower than the hinged manual gates I already have.
And no remotes to fumble for...
I agree, the amount of time required to learn how to do the things is quite high and after a lot of research you will find that other people have had the same issue... so in the end you have just reinvented the wheel!
In any case I think that MySensors is a very good project and probably underrated respect to how good and useful it is for a maker that wants to build its own domotic sensor and actuators.
For the reasons above (and others), some times ago I have started the d-diot project:
The hub (Raspberry Pi + d-diot board) implements, among the other things, two MySensors gateway (RFM69 868 Mhz + NRF24L01). All the software configuration steps are well documented in the dedicated section of the wiki.
In general the software part is easy because all is preconfigured in the d-diot image. Just burn the iso image to an SD card and you will have Home Assistant and MySensors working and ready to go.
3d printable sensors and actuators and the relative PCBs and firmware are part of the project. All parts (hardware, firmware, 3d printable case) are open source
In the wiki you will find the detailed build instructions (with pictures) for each device, so @mhkid and @Psilin maybe here you can find some useful information or a at least a good starting point for your nodes. In particular the Mini-BT-Pcb-328P is a general purpose and flexible board that could be useful for a lot of small (battery or USB powered) RFM69 or NRF24L01 nodes.
Now I'm in contact with PCBway, a PCB manufacturer that offers also soldering service, so If there are enough people interested, I think that it is possible to start thinking about the possibility to start a small production of some boards, maybe already assembled. In my opinion this will be helpful for other people.
Let me know... maybe we can start something
Thanks for taking a look Mikeal,.
Here's my update:
I added a 47uF cap to the 3.3V input to the RA-01 Lora radios on both Node and Gateway, now the SF 12 long payload messages pass!
I tested various SF and BW and coding rates, I decided on the following for the "long-range mode". Typical use will be point-point mode, or gateway to 2 or 3 nodes max, no repeaters. Horizontal polarised yagi antennas.
MY_RFM95_FREQUENCY 433237500ul (its 1MHz away from my co-located standard mode gateway frequency and other local ISM users).
RFM95_MODEM_CONFIGRUATION RFM95_BW62_5CR45SF4096 (Typical time-on-air is around 4000ms.
MY_RFM95_ATC_MODE_DISABLED (to reduce traffic).
Passive mode = off.
MY_REPEATER_FEATURE = off.
CAD = Default settings.
Encrypton = Off
Signing = Off
Sleep = Off.
Further test planned:
866 MHz setup.
TXCO setup narrow band modes to 7.6KHz
Chain network topology with repeaters.
Higher RF power (Ham radio license).
@NeverDie Actually no. Because this is an EPA list denoting the effectiveness of listed products, it's much too complicated to find out concentrations of the active ingredient, and I would guess that the kill times have a Factor of Safety built in.
Saw nothing on what surfaces are referred as the Virus is known to survive on different surfaces for different durations, again I suspect a high FoS.
Sorted on "Follow the directions..." and looked for Human Coronavirus, ethanol and isopropol both pop up at 30 seconds contact (normal terminology for disinfection) time.
Hypochlorite is a few minutes but varies according to brand name, so not really helpful if you don't know concentrations.
My point remains that alcohol is readily available, and as an additional precaution post washing surfaces probably more than sufficient in a domestic environment.
If 70% is adequate for handwash on skin where it evaporates in a few seconds, no reason why on a cold non-porous surface it would be no less effective