@mfalkvidd, I have finally had the opportunity to reply to your question from a week back “Could you list the top 3-5 things that would have helped you the most, and where you would have expected to find that information? That would be great input.”
Ok so I think the big thing is there is not a lot of detail in troubleshooting. Clearly the radios are the most problematic part and not being able to get access to how they actually work makes it very frustrating. The table that peterwill provided is very helpful but this also requires you to have some background information.
I understand that you are trying to limit the amount of detail so as not to scare people away but I personally believe that having optional reference material would be extremely helpful. For example a diagram which explains how all the different liberties link together, this would have helped me to determine how the SPI components are setup.
It would have been extremely helpful if in your initial radio setup guide you had a reference to how the SPI components of the radios work. This would be an optional reference that people could look at if they wanted to. At the moment, the way these radios work is very much black magic, and because I am new to the whole Arduino thing I was unable to determine if you are using the standard SPI features of the Arduino or if you had created your own. An example of a reference might be https://www.arduino.cc/en/reference/SPI however it is also important to explain that Mysensors is using its own SPI library, you could (should) go into more detail about how the SPI library is setup from the Mysensors point of view, because if you have to work it out your self this is very chanalgin because there is no common reference to understand how Arduino default SPI relates to mysensors SPI
And finally, something which would make things oh so much easier, is a sample sketch that will just allow you to test the radios, i.e you type the number 1 into the serial monitor on the gateway and you will see a message on the node if the radios are all working. And vice versa. I am willing to take this on as a project as I am already working on it however I would ideally like it to use all the Mysensors library’s. In other words, it should behave like any other sensor network would. But I really need a lot more information to work out how to do this. In the meantime, once I get my radios back up and running again I will post a very quick and dirty version and let you have a look at it.
I hope this all makes sense. I am a huge fan of the work the my sensors team have done here. I want to do what I can to help make it better.