Breaduino (Atmega328p) as Mysensors Node (NRF24L01+) - will it work?

  • Hi everyone,
    nearly two years I build small nodes for my Domoticz system with my sensors. It is AWESOME!
    I need to build few nodes, which will be really very little power hungry running on 3 AA batteries. I first tried to use the Pro MINI Arduino, but whenever I cut the LEDs on th board, the Arduino died.

    So I decided to build a really minimalistic Arduino only using the Atmega328P chip, 16hz crystal, capacitors and restores as described here: (just removed the pin 13 led as I need pin 13 for radio). I power it with 3.3V now on the breadboard.

    I was able to run such "breaduino" with all basic scripts like blink etc., but as soon as I load any MySensors sketch, it basically does nothing.
    I do not doubt it is my mistake, but I can not figure out, what is wrong.

    Does anyone has such minimalistic device running? Is there any specific code which needs to be changed? I am on 2.2.0 version of the library.

    I will appreciate any experience or hint.
    Thanks for your answers.

  • @petr-nosek said in Breaduino (Atmega328p) as Mysensors Node (NRF24L01+) - will it work?:

    It must work on breadboard.
    And you cannot damage Arduino Pro Mini by removing LED only.

    16MHz and 3.3 V is out of specification.
    Therefore Arduino for 3.3v uses 8MHz.Ⓜmu7vfkUp6EGgxFbtG1p2IDQ

  • Thanks Kimot. I did use 3,3V voltage as the radio NRF24L01+ is supposed to run on 3,3V only. I did not realise that it affect the crystal frequency. When I now tested with 5V it works perfectly! I will purchase an 8Mhz crystal instead and try it all on 3,3V with a step up booster 1,5 -3,3 to 3,3 V with AA batteries.

    Regarding the "broken" pro mini - I must have broken something else too, as after removing the connection in front of the sms led it unfortunately stopped responding to communicate. So I must have destroyed more than just the LED.

    Anyway, I am happy I was able to built my own "arduino node" with only the chip, crystal and few capacitors and resistors. It is great to see it working!

    Thanks for your help.

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