[span.] el faro - [engl.] beacon - [ger.] der Leuchtturm
What is it?
Radiofaro comes in an Arduino Uno form factor and replaces the ATmega328P by an ATmega128RFA1 which adds wireless IEEE 8021.5.4 functionality to your Arduino setup.
- AVR 8-bit Micrcontroller with integrated IEEE 802.15.4 wireless transceiver...
- ...mounted on a module with on-board chip antenna
- certified acc. to ETSI and FCC regulations
- Selectable battery power for standalone operation
Radiofaro was developed to support developement of the Open-Source transceiver library uracoli and therefore the software support was a part of it from the very beginning. http://www.nongnu.org/uracoli
Yes, we already built prototypes and use them extensively for our
Schematic + Layout Radiofaro 1.5
Can i use the Arduino IDE?
One steps to get there:
- Unpack the support package uracoli-arduino-[version].zip into Arduino installation directory
A detailed description can be found here: http://www.nongnu.org/uracoli/radiofaro.html
After that, the board can be selected within the IDE and sketches compile for ATmega128RFA1.
Thanks to the support package uracoli-arduino-[version].zip, a Class for radio functions is registered: Radio. It is similar to the Serial class, in fact it derives from the same base class. This way the same stream utility functions can be used, e.g.
Radio.println("The quick brown fox")
The following snippets demonstrates how to extend sketches to interface to wireless radio:
Lets do something useful: Temperature logger
Thanks to the internal temperature sensor of ATmega128RFA1 and battery operation of the Radiofaro you do not need any additional components to realize an autonomous temperature sensor. One or more Radiofaro board (Remote node) is located outdoor, or wherever you need to measure temperature - the other Radiofaro (Gateway node) is equipped with an Ethernet Shield to push sensor data to xively. Multiple remote sensors can be set up.
Let us know
THE Open-Source library for Atmel IEEE 802.15.4 transceivers
And the subpage dedicated to technical details of Radiofaro
Success stories and ideas using uracoli
The radio modules we used, built by the company who knows how to
handle Atmel Transceivers