In previous post we learned how to install MicroPython to ESP8266. In this we go trough the process with ESP32. So lets install Micropython to ESP32.
You probably know what ESP8266 is and also have heard about Python high level programming language. But did you know there is a special lean and efficient implementation of Python3 that runs on freaking microcontrollers. I know right this is amazing. Now its not full fledged Python3 with all the bells and whistles but its enough to comfortably use Python on MCU-s. Now MicroPython runs within 256k of code space and 16k of RAM. And in this tutorial I will show you how to setup your ESP8266 to run MicroPython.
Every cool project needs display. So today we going to look how to set up 2.4 TFT LCD display on arduino. Full sketch and library downloads included.
Super simple Arduino TFT SD Card reader tutorial plus alternative to Arduinos default library…
ADXL345 will give your projects ability to sense the static acceleration of gravity in tilt-sensing applications plus dynamic acceleration resulting from motion or shock. High resolution of 4mg/LSB gives ability yo measure inclination changes less than 1.0 degrees. Lets look the main Features:
Arduino has ADC ( Analog digital converter) and PWM (Pulse with modulation) but if you need true Analog out, you are out of luck. But all is not lost. We can add the analog capability to Arduino with MCP4725 12-Bit Digital to Analog converter. This nifty chip has also on board EEPROM so you can save your last value in case of power failure. This chip has also 3.4Mbps Fast Mode I2C (Unfortunately Arduino does not support that speed), with Arduino you can update the output at around 200KHz. So lets jump in…
Sonoff is cool little smart switch for not only home automation but for makers and hackers also, why? It’s based on ESP8266 plus it has tx/rx pins accessible and the hardware is well documented (schematics at the end of the post).
Now concerning the Sonoff original software I got it working after around 15 minutes of messing around. For some reason the app also needed my location information, sound recording, access to SD card and so on ….. so yeah not fishy at all. After successful pairing of the switch with app everything worked fine (around 5 minutes) until the app recommended the firmware update….. aaaand its broken. After the update the device was basically just push switch. After the update no matter what I did I could not reconnect the switch to the app.
Luckily I bought it to hack it. So here we go ….
Security, security,,,, privacy, privacy, ipv6 leaks, big brother yada yada yada … Lets build VPN.
So why Nginx and MariaDB ?
Nginx will replace our Apache server. But why ? Short answer is performance. Bit longer answer is that Nginx is Asynchronous server which means it can perform several actions at the same time, without waiting previous to end. Nginx responds faster and consumes less RAM then Apache and this is my main reason for switching to Nginx. There are of course differences. Nginx doesn’t support .htaccess files and sometimes the are differences how Nginx handles PHP.
And MariaDB is drop in replacement to MySQL. MySQL was brought by oracle some time ago and since then the MySQL has problems with including community in development process and distrust from community for having competing products, open source MySQL and proprietary OracleDB. So the original developer of MySQL created a new projects MariaDB and it is fully open source, has strong community and is being actively developed.
Syncthing is amazing alternative to things like Dropbox or Google Drive plus you control your data. Now it works little differently than usual cloud storage solutions. Instead of one central server Syncthing uses peer to peer sharing. Also Syncthing is quite flexible for sharing files between your different devices or between people. I will not go into details of Syncthing features and options because probably if you are already here you want to know how to install it so here goes …