Connection Failure

  • Hello,

    two months ago, I tried to start with MySensors, without the tiniest success ๐Ÿ˜ž I tried to get some help here, without any reaction. Quite sad. But now I tried it almost from scratch - still without success, but maybe now someone can help me?

    I bought new NRF24+ modules from itead. The forum somewhere claimed that they would most likely not send faked modules. Did cost a good bit more than the ones from E-Bay... who knows?

    The gateway NRF24 is powered using an LM317. The oscilloscope shows no ripple at all.

    The node has a 22ยตF Capacitor across VCC/Gnd and is configured as a pure Repeater. No additional hardware.

    I updated to MySensors 2.2.0. The gateway is found in FHEM and I start the inclusion (using FHEM). The FHEM log tells me:

    2018.01.28 15:16:52 1: disconnected, waiting to reappear (MySensors.Gateway)
    2018.01.28 15:16:57 1: reappeared (MySensors.Gateway)

    The gateway log Logparser:

    3 TSM:INIT
    4 TSF:WUR:MS=0
    14 TSM:READY:ID=0,PAR=0,DIS=0
    319 GWT:TIN:IP=
    1323 MCO:BGN:STP
    1324 MCO:BGN:INIT OK,TSP=1
    27586 TSF:MSG:READ,255-255-255,s=255,c=3,t=7,pt=0,l=0,sg=0:
    27592 TSF:MSG:BC
    27593 TSF:MSG:FPAR REQ,ID=255
    27596 TSF:PNG:SEND,TO=0
    27598 TSF:CKU:OK
    27600 TSF:MSG:GWL OK
    28616 TSF:MSG:SEND,0-0-255-255,s=255,c=3,t=8,pt=1,l=1,sg=0,ft=0,st=OK:0
    30430 TSF:MSG:READ,255-255-255,s=255,c=3,t=7,pt=0,l=0,sg=0:
    30435 TSF:MSG:BC
    30437 TSF:MSG:FPAR REQ,ID=255
    30439 TSF:CKU:OK,FCTRL
    30442 TSF:MSG:GWL OK
    31226 TSF:MSG:SEND,0-0-255-255,s=255,c=3,t=8,pt=1,l=1,sg=0,ft=0,st=OK:0
    32441 TSF:MSG:READ,255-255-0,s=1,c=3,t=3,pt=0,l=0,sg=0:
    34450 TSF:MSG:READ,255-255-0,s=220,c=3,t=3,pt=0,l=0,sg=0:
    36460 TSF:MSG:READ,255-255-0,s=183,c=3,t=3,pt=0,l=0,sg=0:
    38469 TSF:MSG:READ,255-255-0,s=146,c=3,t=3,pt=0,l=0,sg=0:
    50488 TSF:MSG:READ,255-255-255,s=255,c=3,t=7,pt=0,l=0,sg=0:
    50493 TSF:MSG:BC
    50495 TSF:MSG:FPAR REQ,ID=255
    50498 TSF:PNG:SEND,TO=0
    50500 TSF:CKU:OK
    50501 TSF:MSG:GWL OK
    50867 TSF:MSG:SEND,0-0-255-255,s=255,c=3,t=8,pt=1,l=1,sg=0,ft=0,st=OK:0
    52499 TSF:MSG:READ,255-255-0,s=107,c=3,t=3,pt=0,l=0,sg=0:
    54509 TSF:MSG:READ,255-255-0,s=71,c=3,t=3,pt=0,l=0,sg=0:
    56518 TSF:MSG:READ,255-255-0,s=34,c=3,t=3,pt=0,l=0,sg=0:
    58529 TSF:MSG:READ,255-255-0,s=254,c=3,t=3,pt=0,l=0,sg=0:
    70549 TSF:MSG:READ,255-255-255,s=255,c=3,t=7,pt=0,l=0,sg=0:
    70554 TSF:MSG:BC
    70556 TSF:MSG:FPAR REQ,ID=255
    70558 TSF:PNG:SEND,TO=0
    70560 TSF:CKU:OK
    70562 TSF:MSG:GWL OK
    71532 TSF:MSG:SEND,0-0-255-255,s=255,c=3,t=8,pt=1,l=1,sg=0,ft=0,st=OK:0
    72560 TSF:MSG:READ,255-255-0,s=217,c=3,t=3,pt=0,l=0,sg=0:
    74570 TSF:MSG:READ,255-255-0,s=181,c=3,t=3,pt=0,l=0,sg=0:
    76579 TSF:MSG:READ,255-255-0,s=144,c=3,t=3,pt=0,l=0,sg=0:
    78589 TSF:MSG:READ,255-255-0,s=107,c=3,t=3,pt=0,l=0,sg=0:
    90607 TSF:MSG:READ,255-255-255,s=255,c=3,t=7,pt=0,l=0,sg=0:
    90613 TSF:MSG:BC
    90614 TSF:MSG:FPAR REQ,ID=255
    90617 TSF:PNG:SEND,TO=0
    90619 TSF:CKU:OK
    90621 TSF:MSG:GWL OK
    91171 TSF:MSG:SEND,0-0-255-255,s=255,c=3,t=8,pt=1,l=1,sg=0,ft=0,st=OK:0
    92619 TSF:MSG:READ,255-255-0,s=69,c=3,t=3,pt=0,l=0,sg=0:

    The repeater log logparser:

    26 TSM:INIT
    27 TSF:WUR:MS=0
    35 TSM:FPAR
    37 TSF:MSG:SEND,255-255-255-255,s=255,c=3,t=7,pt=0,l=0,sg=0,ft=0,st=OK:
    801 TSF:MSG:READ,0-0-255,s=255,c=3,t=8,pt=1,l=1,sg=0:0
    806 TSF:MSG:FPAR OK,ID=0,D=1
    2046 TSM:FPAR:OK
    2048 TSM:ID
    2049 TSM:ID:REQ
    2052 TSF:MSG:SEND,255-255-0-0,s=1,c=3,t=3,pt=0,l=0,sg=0,ft=0,st=OK:
    4059 TSM:ID
    4060 TSM:ID:REQ
    4062 TSF:MSG:SEND,255-255-0-0,s=220,c=3,t=3,pt=0,l=0,sg=0,ft=0,st=OK:
    6070 TSM:ID
    6071 TSM:ID:REQ
    6073 TSF:MSG:SEND,255-255-0-0,s=183,c=3,t=3,pt=0,l=0,sg=0,ft=0,st=OK:
    8081 TSM:ID
    8082 TSM:ID:REQ
    8084 TSF:MSG:SEND,255-255-0-0,s=146,c=3,t=3,pt=0,l=0,sg=0,ft=0,st=OK:
    10092 !TSM:ID:FAIL
    10093 TSM:FAIL:CNT=1
    10095 TSM:FAIL:DIS
    10097 TSF:TDI:TSL
    20100 TSM:FAIL:RE-INIT
    20102 TSM:INIT
    20109 TSM:INIT:TSP OK
    20111 TSM:FPAR
    20113 TSF:MSG:SEND,255-255-255-255,s=255,c=3,t=7,pt=0,l=0,sg=0,ft=0,st=OK:
    20458 TSF:MSG:READ,0-0-255,s=255,c=3,t=8,pt=1,l=1,sg=0:0
    20463 TSF:MSG:FPAR OK,ID=0,D=1
    22121 TSM:FPAR:OK
    22122 TSM:ID
    22124 TSM:ID:REQ
    22126 TSF:MSG:SEND,255-255-0-0,s=107,c=3,t=3,pt=0,l=0,sg=0,ft=0,st=OK:
    24134 TSM:ID
    24135 TSM:ID:REQ
    24138 TSF:MSG:SEND,255-255-0-0,s=71,c=3,t=3,pt=0,l=0,sg=0,ft=0,st=OK:
    26145 TSM:ID
    26146 TSM:ID:REQ
    26149 TSF:MSG:SEND,255-255-0-0,s=34,c=3,t=3,pt=0,l=0,sg=0,ft=0,st=OK:
    28157 TSM:ID
    28158 TSM:ID:REQ
    28162 TSF:MSG:SEND,255-255-0-0,s=254,c=3,t=3,pt=0,l=0,sg=0,ft=0,st=OK:
    30169 !TSM:ID:FAIL
    30170 TSM:FAIL:CNT=2
    30172 TSM:FAIL:DIS
    30174 TSF:TDI:TSL
    40177 TSM:FAIL:RE-INIT

    A look at the repeaters log and I'm completely puzzled:
    806 TSF:MSG:FPAR OK,ID=0,D=1 Find parent response from node 0 is valid, distance 1 to GW

    \o/ Party! Finally it works! ... but wait. A few (successful) messages later:

       10092 !TSM:ID:FAIL	
       10093 TSM:FAIL:CNT=1	Transition to Failure state, consecutive failure counter is 1

    I could v*mit, excuse my language. To me it seems that the communication is ok, but there's still some error that I don't understand. Isn't there anybody who could help me? Pretty, pretty please?
    I have a photo of the system attached. In the background, you see the gateway, in the foreground the repeater:

    Any help will be very much appreciated, as you can imagine after two months without success...


  • Mod

    @the-grue sorry for your troubles. Thanks for writing such a detailed question.

    I have no experience with FHEM, but 10092 !TSM:ID:FAIL means that the node did not receive a node ID from the controller. Does FHEM support handing out node ids?

    You can set a static node id in your node, by using MY_NODE_ID. Example:

    #define MY_NODE_ID 42 // Give this node static node id 42

    placed before including MySensors.h.

    As you already guessed, TSM:FPAR:OK means the node is able to communicate with its parent node, so communication seems ok. I see from your picture that the protoboard has a lot of metal close to the nrf antenna on the gateway. This could cause communication problems, so be aware of that if you start seeing messages with ST=fail.

  • Hello mfalkvidd!

    At last, some good news ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the information. I think the FHEM guys will be able to help with the node id question. I'll be back when there's some news. Unfortunately, this could be next weekend.

    Thanks again,

  • Mod

    @the-grue I'd go with static node ID for now at least you would get some tests done until you get a response for fhem

  • Hello,

    thanks for your input! In the FHEM-Forum, it turned out that I erased the arduinos EEPROM using the ClearEEPROMConfig - sketch, which overwrites everything with 0, not with 0xFF. That disabled the automatig setting of the node id...

    I used a sketch that overwrites with 0xFF and all is fine ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mod

    @the-grue do you remember where you found that sketch? The one included in MySensors writes 0xFF. Maybe there is an old version somewhere that we should get rid of.

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