Tag archives for Home Automation

Getting Started with Raspberry Pi

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Raspberry Pi is a small credit card sized computer, It is very cheap compared to the traditional computers, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has arrangements with a few manufacturers from whom you can buy a Pi directly at $25 - $35. The Raspberry Pi unlike the traditional computer, it has the ability to integrate with electronics projects. Raspberry Pi to control devices that a microcontroller can control like LEDs, relays, LCDs etc. A Raspberry Pi is better used where more processing power and connectivity is needed like for exemple when you want to remotely access a temperature sensor via the web to change its settings and download temperature log files and more in general Internet of Things (IoT) and Home Automation applications you should consider using the Raspberry Pi.
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Web-Based Control and Monitoring with PIC Microcontroller – MikroC

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Ethernet is the leading wired standard for networking as it enables to connect a very large number of computers, microcontrollers and other computer-based equipment to one another. In this project we are going to learn how to control any device like an LED, a relay, a light bulb, a motor and so on connected to a PIC Microcontroller from a remote location using just a web browser. An operator can use a computer, tablet or even a cellphone to control a device at a remote location. With the help of a router connected to the internet, this device can be controlled anywhere from the world in real time. Connecting to a Microcontroller using a web browser is the easiest and reliable method of establishing connectivity and above all there is no need to develop a special Graphical User Interface software on the PC or cellphone for that matter as all PCs' operating systems already have a built-in web browser or one can download one of the free other web browsers like Google chrome or Mozilla firefox for example.
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Interfacing a Relay with PIC Microcontroller – XC8

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A relay is an electromagnetic switch which is used to switch High Voltage/Current using Low power circuits. Relays isolate as well low power circuits from high power circuits, this is a good feature especially for safety reasons a section of the circuit with high dangerous voltage/current could be isolated from the user. When a low voltage is applied to the relay (coil wounded on a soft iron core), this coil becomes a magnet which in turns energizes the soft iron core which closes or open the high voltage/current contacts of the relay. A relay can be used to switch higher power devices such as motors, light bulbs solenoids etc. In this article we are going to learn how to interface a relay to a PIC Microcontroller, we will learn as well how to control devices connected to the relay using MPLAB XC8 compiler.

Interfacing a Relay with PIC Microcontroller – MikroC

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A relay is an electromagnetic switch which is used to switch High Voltage/Current using Low power circuits. Relays isolate as well low power circuits from high power circuits, this is a good feature especially for safety reasons a section of the circuit with high dangerous voltage/current could be isolated from the user. When a low voltage is applied to the relay (coil wounded on a soft iron core), this coil becomes a magnet which in turns energizes the soft iron core which closes or open the high voltage/current contacts of the relay. A relay can be used to switch higher power devices such as motors, light bulbs solenoids etc. In this article we are going to learn how to interface a relay to a PIC Microcontroller, we will learn as well how to control devices connected to the relay using MikroC compiler.