Buzzer on Gateway

  • Hi. i'm still in progress of change all my home's standalone arduinos to mysensors gateway and respectively sensors...
    Now i would like add a buzzer to my gateway to act as an alarm or as a doorbell.
    I looked round around on forum but couldn't see nothing like that(at least not an gw with speaker/buzzer ) .

    The idea is when my gate opens ,sound an bip ,during 4 seconds in my home(80m distance) . it's how it is right now with a pair of arduino pro minis and maniacbug's library.

    a simple example can work as gate sensor

    #define OPEN 1
    #define CLOSE 0
    //...bla bla...

    but what about gateway code ? Can i "grab" message(OPEN) when it arrive and play a buzzer?or there are any other way?
    what is the sintax similar to the one i have now on maniacbugs library for MySensors library?

    if (strcmp(message, "OPEN")  == 0) 
        tone (6, 2500,4000); //(pin,freq,time)

    NOTE: i'm using this GW code:

  • Nobody knows nothing about it? or its a crazy idea?

  • Contest Winner

    I don't think it's a crazy idea. I just don't have experience with it. I personally like my gateway to be just a gateway. That way I won't loose the buzzer function if I'd ever update the software on the gateway.

  • SO,maybe its better I create a new BUZZER SENSOR? Because i need an indication,or an alarm when main gate is opened. my main problem it i don't know pretty much how to "grab" a state or message...
    maybe; gw process() ? i need an example because i'm very limited on programing.I can change and understand a sketch but when i need create a new's a problem:P

  • Contest Winner

    @Tmaster I've created a Node containing a Piezo buzzer a while ago. I stripped all other things from my Sketch. It compiles, but I haven't tested it. Just try it and see if it works.

     * MySensors RoomSensor with piezo alarm for audio feedback, like weather alarm when there's a huricane alarm.
     * The alarm is just a standard alarm in your Home Automation controller. 
     * Version      1.0
     * Created      25-10-2015
     * release date 25-10-2015
     * Author       by Theo
     * Parts used:
     * - Arduino ProMini 3.3V
     * - 3V Piezo buzzer (is actually surprisingly loud for such a tiny PIEZO), You can greatly improve on the volume by wrapping a paper tube around the piezo
     * Include all needed libraries.
    #include <MySensor.h>   // The core of this Sketch. Enables communication from the radio to the MySensors gateway
    #include <SPI.h>        // Needed by the MySensors Radio, it communicates with the Arduino by SPI
      * Define the child ID's of the supported sensors.
    #define SIRENE_CHILD_ID 0 // The child ID of the sirene as presented to the Domotica Controller
      * Declare constants for the PIN's we use in this sketch.
    #define PIEZO_PIN 5       // The arduino pin to which the piezo buzzer is attached
     * Declare other constants used by the sketch
    #define PIEZO_ON_DURATION  600    // The period the piezo makes a sound when the alarm is on and snooze mode is off.
    #define PIEZO_OFF_DURATION 500    // The silent period when the alarm is on and snooze mode is off
      * Section for MySensors specific variables and declarations.
    #define SN "Sirene"  // The name of the sketch as being presented to the MySensors gateway. B.t.w. current Domoticz version ignores it
    #define SV "1.0"     // The version of the sketch as being presented to the MySensors gateway. B.t.w. current Domoticz version ignores it
    MySensor gw;         // You'll need this object for communication from an to the Gateway. Contains all logic inl the Radio communication
    MyMessage sireneMsg( SIRENE_CHILD_ID, V_LIGHT ); // trying to figure out what type type to use to make it known as a siren..???
                                                     // Message for sending the alarm on/off state to the MySensors gateway
     * Declare variables used by the Sketch
    boolean alarmOn = false;             // alarm state indicator. False meaning off, true meaning we're in business.
    unsigned long nextPiezoEvent = 0;    // The next timestamp the piezo sound has to be turned on or off. We'll use the arduino's internal clock for this
    boolean piezoOn = false;             // indicator whether the sound is on or off during the alarm
     * Initialize everything we need before we can start the Sketch:
     * - setup MySensors communication
     * - present the child id's to the MySensors gateway
     * - declare pin modes and initialize the debouncer
    void setup() {
    #ifdef DEBUG // turn on the Serial monitor if #define DEBUG is uncommented in MyConfig.h (MySensors library)
      Serial.begin( 115200 ); // only debug to serial monitor during development
      // setup a connection to the MySensor's gateway and request an ID if we do not have one yet.
      gw.sendSketchInfo(SN, SV);
    #ifdef DEBUG // Print some debug info
      Serial.println( "Radio is connect right." );
      // present the children to the gateway
      gw.present( SIRENE_CHILD_ID, S_LIGHT, "Sirene" ); // S_LIGHT is not correct
      gw.sendBatteryLevel( 100, false ); // Let the Domotica controller no that we're a 100% powered sensor.
      gw.request( SIRENE_CHILD_ID , V_LIGHT ); // request current state. An alarm might be active.
      // setup the pin's used by this Sketch
      pinMode( PIEZO_PIN, OUTPUT);
     * Piezo event has been triggered, depending on the current sirence state we need to make some nois or turn it off.
     * We'll determine the timestamp of the next piezo event as well
    void handlePiezoEvent() {
      unsigned long curMS = millis();
      if ( piezoOn == true ) { // Piezo is currently on, we need to switch it of
        digitalWrite( PIEZO_PIN, 0 );
        nextPiezoEvent = curMS + PIEZO_OFF_DURATION;
        piezoOn = false;
      else { // Piezo is off, time to make some noise ;-)
        analogWrite( PIEZO_PIN, 255 );
        nextPiezoEvent = curMS + PIEZO_ON_DURATION;
        piezoOn = true;
     * Main loop of the sketch.
    void loop() {
      if ( alarmOn == true ) { // Alarm handling code
        if ( millis() >= nextPiezoEvent ) { // check if the piezo has to be turned on or off.
      gw.wait( 5 ); // Just wait 50s not really necessary but give the arduino some rest. It's working really hard for us and we should be grateful for that.
                    // besides it calls gw.process() which we need for incomming messages.
     * Call back handler, for handling messages send by the MySensors gateway
    void incomingMessage(const MyMessage &message) {
      if ( message.type == V_LIGHT ) { // Check if the Gateway has reported an Alarm_type message (should be an V_ALARM as off the next Domoticz release.
        if ( message.sensor == SIRENE_CHILD_ID ) { // Is the message for our alarm child?
          alarmOn = message.getBool(); // get alarm value sent by Domotica controller
          #ifdef DEBUG // print some debug info
            Serial.println( "Sirene state changed to " + (String)alarmOn );
          if ( alarmOn == false ) { // turn off the alarm as asked by the Domotica controller
            analogWrite( PIEZO_PIN, 0 ); // turn off the noise
          else { // Schedule the next piezo event 
            nextPiezoEvent = 0;
            piezoOn = false;

    I'm not good with Fritzling, I just don't find it very user friendly. That's probably why I don't spend some time on how to use it. But i just realized that you might want to know how to hookup the piezo buzzer to the arduino 😉

    Just connect the radio as described on the build site. I've used a 3.3V piezo, cause I mostly use ProMini's 3.3V for my MySensor nodes. But if you have another Arduino you'd probably need a 5V piezo buzzer.

    Connecting the piezo is really easy. Hook the ground of the buzzer to one of the GND pins of your Arduino. Hook the positive pin of the buzzer to Pin 5 of your Arduino and you're good to go.

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