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  • dbradford
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    Can you send command / messages to the sign thru MQTT, or does it require some other software? I see it works with homeseer, but sadly I do not use that, I have something else, but still would love to use this method, even if from a linux command line script. Any help pointing me in the right direction would be appreciated.

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  • Moskus
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    OK, thanks for the input. I got RJ12 to DB9 connectors, so I guess I'll be able to just swap the RX and TX. But I'll get some max3232 logic converts as well to just follow your guide.

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  • spud
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    Originally posted by Moskus View Post
    spud , would you think that this also would work?
    I first tested with one of these, the problem is that this thing is a female DB9 and if you had your betabrite connected to a PC, you usually used a female DB9 connector at the end of the Betabrite cable. So I remember I bought a DB9 male to male adapter, but then the TX/RX connections were reversed. In the end I don't remember if I finally got it to work this way (but in theory, it's possible), and since I wanted to go WiFi only on my betabrite, I didn't need the DB9 connection at all so I bought the max3232 logic level converter without any connector and soldered cables on it (which was a real pain because the converter is really tiny)

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  • Moskus
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    spud , would you think that this also would work?

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  • mk1 black limited
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    Hi, I built this today but I can't get any response from the sign I see in the debug console that BLLAN is sending data, but I can't quite figure out if there's a way I can see what's being sent out to the sign through the RX/TX pins on the NodeMCU. I might have switched TX/RX somewhere along the way, but I really don't think so. Any pointers?

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  • spud
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    Here is a follow up article that explains how to make Homeseer check an email account and display the content of messages on your Betabrite:
    http://www.domogeek.ca/blog/maison-a-t-adresse-email/

    Note: the email functions used in the C# script have been recently fixed in version 3.0.0.312. So, older version of HS3 will not work.

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  • spud
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    Originally posted by joewilly1 View Post
    It looks like there's one more component that you're mounting the other components on. What's the name of this?
    it's an adafruit Perma-Proto Breadboard PCB (https://www.adafruit.com/product/571), but you can use any kind of prototype PCB board.

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  • joewilly1
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    One last question

    It looks like there's one more component that you're mounting the other components on. What's the name of this?
    Attached Files

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  • spud
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    here is the exact items I used:

    ESP8266 (NodeMCU DevKit)
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1pcs...608.0.0.RtLmXb

    Logic level converter:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/MCU-...608.0.0.O2HbPE

    for the logic level converter, you could use one of these instead:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/RS23...608.0.0.Fdx3aX
    which is basically the same thing with a DB9 connector

    It's basically all you need, assuming you already have a functioning Betabrite. I can help you with the connections, but I'm not sure I want to commit myself to provide built boards.

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  • joewilly1
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    I agree

    I'm in favor of built boards. I like the idea of kits even better. I'm a CPA who sits behind a desk all day looking at numbers. But I feel I have an inner geek that's screaming to get out. I often times miss out on things people talk about doing with HA because it can be over my head...even the dumbed down version. I really would like to understand how to do this. I'd pay for someone's expertise if they'd put together a kit and/or youtube video or whatever.

    I work for a major telecommunications company (rhymes with Schmerizon)...seems IOT is going to be huge in the future. This could be the start of something!

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  • jgary
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    Maybe someone with a little more experience would be willing to build a few boards for us. --Or --- buy the parts and ship as a kit, with a small plastic box to mount the unit, with instructions. Instead of installing the board inside the Betabrite (where it is a bit more complicated for many of us), plug the wireless adapter into the serial adapter cord instead. This would require a power supply but that would be OK. This would make it much easier for most of us.

    Cheers,
    Gary

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  • joewilly1
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    This looks cool

    I'm wondering if someone would be willing to go into a little more detail of how to make this work...for someone without a lot of electronics experience. Specifically regarding the electronic assembly and power.

    I bought the grocery list of items as indicated in the post but think I may have bought the wrong devkit. I bought NodeMcu Lua CH340G ESP8266 Wireless WIFI Internet Development Board Module TE391 which is ~$13 vs ~$4. Maybe it will work.

    From the pictures it seems I'm missing another piece. There's a little board that the NodeMCU device is mounted on.

    Anyway...I bought a bunch of the Betabrites but never have messed with them because of the connection issue. I would like to give this a try.

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  • macrho
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    Thank you! Ticker of scores is a great feature! Will work on it tomorrow.
    Happy Friday

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  • spud
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    Originally posted by macrho View Post
    Interesting! Time to pull my BetaBrite out of storage.
    Where are you getting the game scores from?
    game scores are from espn website, I use sparkman script that you can find here: https://forums.homeseer.com/showthre...47#post1128547

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  • macrho
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    Interesting! Time to pull my BetaBrite out of storage.
    Where are you getting the game scores from?

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