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by JohnsUPS
Sat Jun 22, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Interfacing (DSI, CSI, I2C, etc.)
Topic: Water proof reliable temperature probe
Replies: 1
Views: 112

Re: Water proof reliable temperature probe

The sensor that you have is probably a knock-off/fake. There are a lot of them out there, especially if ordered from China. I have run into this issue myself. Do yourself a favor and spend a dollar or two more on sensors from a reliable seller, such as Digi-Key or Mouser. These larger companies sour...
by JohnsUPS
Sat Jun 22, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: How to make the GPIO connections more robust
Replies: 10
Views: 619

Re: How to make the GPIO connections more robust

As a general rule when I'm interfacing to the GPIO pins, I follow the pin with some sort of buffer, such as a transistor or inverter. The choice of buffer mainly depends on what is ultimately being driven. The buffer circuitry helps to protect the Pi in the case of an "oops" or line transient and ca...
by JohnsUPS
Fri Jun 21, 2019 2:05 am
Forum: Interfacing (DSI, CSI, I2C, etc.)
Topic: 1-Wire Ds18B20 temperature sensor disappearing when over 60°C
Replies: 4
Views: 172

Re: 1-Wire Ds18B20 temperature sensor disappearing when over 60°C

Are your sensors wired in a star topology (one wire per sensor back to the Pi), or are they all strung out along a single length of cable? If each sensor does have its own cable, try disconnecting two of the sensors (at the Pi - not just removing them from the end) and then see if things fail above ...
by JohnsUPS
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: multiple DS18B20 no longer showing up
Replies: 4
Views: 221

Re: multiple DS18B20 no longer showing up

I have narrowed it down to somewhere during or after the cable run, because it works fine when I use a sensor connected directly to the GPIO pins. Bear in mind that if the sensor is connected directly to the GPIO pins, the connections are much shorter, and therefore cable characteristics (resistanc...
by JohnsUPS
Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: multiple DS18B20 no longer showing up
Replies: 4
Views: 221

Re: multiple DS18B20 no longer showing up

My suspicion is that the data line is seeing reflections due to the longer length of wire now connecting the sensors. Take a look at this post - it may offer assistance in solving the problem: https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=36163 and https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.p...
by JohnsUPS
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: RPI Ethernet Gadget intermediary.
Replies: 4
Views: 253

Re: RPI Ethernet Gadget intermediary.

It may be more practical to insert a PC with dual Ethernet ports running Wireshark in the middle....
by JohnsUPS
Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: How to hookup battery pack to a servo?
Replies: 8
Views: 236

Re: How to hookup battery pack to a servo?

... I just randomly start soldering wires together lol Don't do that. It's the fastest way to destroy your Pi. You need to draw a diagram of the breadboard wiring that works, then transfer that to a stripboard layout (or whatever other system you choose). Do the above...........^^^ You may find tha...
by JohnsUPS
Wed May 22, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: "Blips" in ADS1115 reading used with Raspberry Pi 3B
Replies: 1
Views: 105

Re: "Blips" in ADS1115 reading used with Raspberry Pi 3B

You may want to bump up the ADS1115_CONVERSIONDELAY from 8ms to about 10ms. What may be happening is your code is trying to read the chip prior to the completion of the conversion. This happened to me recently, and going to 10ms solved the problem. Bumping this value may provide more stability in th...
by JohnsUPS
Wed May 22, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Need to operate 12 servos at a range of 1200 yards
Replies: 9
Views: 405

Re: Need to operate 12 servos at a range of 1200 yards

Seems like wireless would be the way to go. I have had good luck with these: https://www.amazon.com/EnGenius-Technologies-EnStation5-AC-Outdoor-Wireless/dp/B073H5KSSJ/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_2?keywords=engenius+access+point+ac867&qid=1558566532&s=gateway&sr=8-2-fkmrnull I have deployed a set (for remote b...
by JohnsUPS
Wed May 15, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: My temp sensor ds18b20 doesn't seems accurate
Replies: 14
Views: 573

Re: My temp sensor ds18b20 doesn't seems accurate

I have had this happen to me also. Where were the sensors purchased? I have about 30 of these sensors. 10 each were purchased from three different vendors. Two of the vendors were of Chinese origin, and the other was Mouser. After the first order of 10, I realized they were not calibrated because th...
by JohnsUPS
Wed May 08, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Will a power supply with a higher amp-age work with the pi?
Replies: 22
Views: 14187

Re: Will a power supply with a higher amp-age work with the pi?

It is like the ampere-hour capacity of a battery and is not applicable to the discussion in this thread. I agree, that is more correct. Reservoir was probably not the best choice of words. Current sourcing capability. I also agree about the water flow analogy being useful, but only to a point. I ge...
by JohnsUPS
Wed May 08, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Will a power supply with a higher amp-age work with the pi?
Replies: 22
Views: 14187

Re: Will a power supply with a higher amp-age work with the pi?

A lot of that is incorrect. The size of the reservoir is not the "amperage capability". The current is not the "actual water" but the rate of flow of the water. I respectfully disagree. Note that I said "as it applies to this discussion". Sure, electrons (or holes, depending on the theory you subsc...
by JohnsUPS
Wed May 08, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Will a power supply with a higher amp-age work with the pi?
Replies: 22
Views: 14187

Re: Will a power supply with a higher amp-age work with the pi?

Another way to look at the electricity and water comparison is this: Voltage is the water pressure produced by a water pump. Amperage capability (as it applies in this discussion) is the size of the reservoir that feeds the water pipe. Currrent is the actual water. Resistance is related to the diame...
by JohnsUPS
Sun May 05, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Zero W.....for a pub
Replies: 6
Views: 364

Re: Raspberry Pi Zero W.....for a pub

If your pub has the need for cold food storage, then the Pi could be used to periodically take temperature readings to satisfy the inspectors. This is more mechanical, but a machine that could tip a bottle and pour a shot would make for interesting conversation. A reaction timer.....light (LED or wh...
by JohnsUPS
Sat May 04, 2019 5:07 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Pressure logging project
Replies: 6
Views: 326

Re: Pressure logging project

If you go with the 625 transducer with the 4 - 20ma output, it is to your advantage that it has a current source output. Current outputs are inherently less noisy and can run fair distances in an electrically noisy environment. This is good, especially if you're connecting it to an ADC. You can easi...
by JohnsUPS
Thu May 02, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: Sensors maximum length
Replies: 6
Views: 368

Re: Sensors maximum length

When it comes to the DS18B20 temperature sensors with regards to wiring length, you may want to check this thread:
viewtopic.php?t=36163
by JohnsUPS
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Seeking the illusive zero write
Replies: 14
Views: 810

Re: Seeking the illusive zero write

Have you considered a different storage medium such as a SSD? Size and/or power consumption may be an issue though...
by JohnsUPS
Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Will Arduino nano and RPI get Damaged on Supplying 5V 3A DC?
Replies: 29
Views: 863

Re: Will Arduino nano and RPI get Damaged on Supplying 5V 3A DC?

As achrn said: I have lots of power supplies that I didn't make. I wouldn't make a power supply now (though I have made linear supplies in the past) because switched mode units are now so plentiful and it makes much more sense just to buy one than build one. ......and this is the case with the 4A po...
by JohnsUPS
Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Will Arduino nano and RPI get Damaged on Supplying 5V 3A DC?
Replies: 29
Views: 863

Re: Will Arduino nano and RPI get Damaged on Supplying 5V 3A DC?

You can use a single power supply for both of them, so long as the voltage is correct (you stated 5.1v) and the current sourcing capability of your power supply is greater than what both boards will be demanding. To me, a 3A supply will probably be OK for both boards, but just for the boards only. I...
by JohnsUPS
Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Voltage Datalogger (please help out a noob)
Replies: 6
Views: 440

Re: Voltage Datalogger (please help out a noob)

Fuzzy, With the previous warnings about working with mains voltages presumably heeded, there is a standard way that overhead mains are typically monitored. The voltages are stepped down using precision ratio transformers (PT's), and precision ratio current transformers (CT's). The scaling of the PTs...
by JohnsUPS
Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Help with analog inputs, 0-5V sensors
Replies: 3
Views: 244

Re: Help with analog inputs, 0-5V sensors

Arch, Because you are interested in a span of the analog output and not just a trip point, then yes, you're going to need some sort of ADC between your sensor and the Pi. The ADC PiZero addon board looks like it would work. It provides eight analog inputs, so you'll have room for expansion if necess...
by JohnsUPS
Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Help with analog inputs, 0-5V sensors
Replies: 3
Views: 244

Re: Help with analog inputs, 0-5V sensors

In the case of the pressure transducer, consider how it is to be used. For example, if you want to have different things happen when the pressure transducer is seeing different pressures (like how much air pressure is in a tank and you want a variable readout of the pressure), then you'd probably wa...
by JohnsUPS
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Powering RPI 3B+ With 24VAC
Replies: 17
Views: 697

Re: Powering RPI 3B+ With 24VAC

You also want to keep in mind that in addition to powering the Pi, this power supply will also be actuating solenoids to control water flow. When a (or multiple) solenoids are actuated, there is the possibility of the supply voltage being dragged down, which may interrupt the Pi. Just be aware that ...
by JohnsUPS
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: CT Sensor not working on home AC Feed
Replies: 5
Views: 246

Re: CT Sensor not working on home AC Feed

Hi all, I've been working on getting a CT sensor to work for a couple of weeks now. I've been doing my testing with a standard 13A kettle lead and have separated the live, neutral and earth - putting the clamp around the live wire. This has worked fine and I've got some accurate, calibrated reading...
by JohnsUPS
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:59 am
Forum: Interfacing (DSI, CSI, I2C, etc.)
Topic: interface with digital calipers
Replies: 52
Views: 9373

Re: interface with digital calipers

I like the look of that. An RPI with a big monitor and some extra functionality like relative positions etc would finish it off .. Oh and maybe a box or tow but then half my stuff never actually makes it in to a proper housing... In the finished Arduino version, there are buttons to set each calipe...

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