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  • thymer
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    Originally posted by Michael McSharry View Post
    The ESP family is WiFi so if you want wired then the Arduino microcontrollers is likely what you want. I have just touched the surface with a Uno so cannot provide that much guidance. VSCode and PlatformIO are still better than the Arduino IDE. The third party firmware such as Tasmota are based on ESP8266 so you will be building from scratch but still able to use libraries to interface the hardware.

    RPi is a bigger beast with a Linux OS. Likely more than you want for simple IO interfacing.
    Thanks again sir. Think I'll start with a mega and Ethernet shield with a couple relays and see where it goes.

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  • Michael McSharry
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    The ESP family is WiFi so if you want wired then the Arduino microcontrollers is likely what you want. I have just touched the surface with a Uno so cannot provide that much guidance. VSCode and PlatformIO are still better than the Arduino IDE. The third party firmware such as Tasmota are based on ESP8266 so you will be building from scratch but still able to use libraries to interface the hardware.

    RPi is a bigger beast with a Linux OS. Likely more than you want for simple IO interfacing.

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  • thymer
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    Originally posted by Michael McSharry View Post
    I have found the Espressif family of products ESP8266 and ESP32 to be the most flexible and well-supported with open source software. The Wemos D1 Mini is very easy for development. For $13 on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/IZOKEE-NodeMc...s%2C789&sr=1-4 can get a set of 3 or even cheaper from China. There are many-many products that use these microcontrollers such as most of the wifi smartplugs. Sonoff is a brand that has a good variety of items when you need relay control. For $5 you get a power supply, relay and case.

    One can use the Arduino IDE, but I have found VSCode and PlatformIO to be a much better development environment. https://platformio.org/install

    I use the open source Tasmota as a starting point. It likely can do what you want directly without even opening the source code. If you want to customize then the source is well structured and continues to be in active development. https://github.com/arendst/Sonoff-Tasmota/wiki

    If you decide to go this path then I am more than help
    Thanks for all the info. Did a bunch of googling and learning lol.

    Sorry for the dumb questions that may follow... The ESP8266 etc, are they arduino controllers themselfs? I've seen the duo and mega and the various sheilds you can get for them (POE a big one for me, trying to avoid WIFI) but not sure about the devices you are referencing. Are they just smaller versions with similar functionality?

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  • Michael McSharry
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    I have found the Espressif family of products ESP8266 and ESP32 to be the most flexible and well-supported with open source software. The Wemos D1 Mini is very easy for development. For $13 on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/IZOKEE-NodeMc...s%2C789&sr=1-4 can get a set of 3 or even cheaper from China. There are many-many products that use these microcontrollers such as most of the wifi smartplugs. Sonoff is a brand that has a good variety of items when you need relay control. For $5 you get a power supply, relay and case.

    One can use the Arduino IDE, but I have found VSCode and PlatformIO to be a much better development environment. https://platformio.org/install

    I use the open source Tasmota as a starting point. It likely can do what you want directly without even opening the source code. If you want to customize then the source is well structured and continues to be in active development. https://github.com/arendst/Sonoff-Tasmota/wiki

    If you decide to go this path then I am more than help

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  • thymer
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    Getting my feet wet, which platform to interface a pet door

    Hi folks,

    Just ordered a SOLO pet door for the house, three large dogs and I want them to be able to enter/exit on their own but also be able to show status on the door and control whether it's enabled or not. I was thinking of using a micro controller to provide a couple inputs for micro switches or prox sensors and a couple outputs to relay control 120V loads. With that said I've never messed with arduino or Raspberry Pi and was hoping someone could provide a recommendation for which is simpler to use. At some point I want to replace my ADIO100 as well and thinking this may be a good solution for that too.

    thanks in advance!
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