Has anyone else put this together for RadioRa (version 1) yet? Inspired by this post
I’m about to start and am completely new at any of this. I have to start with the hardware pieces.
I ordered the RS232 shield and it came with two sets of pins, the single sided pins and the double sided kind with pins on the bottom, connection points on the top.
The picture when I ordered looked like this
So I figured I’d have to solder them in. Somewhat troubling as I never really soldered a lot and it has been well over a decade since the last time but you know… why not work it out. OK. So, order that and Aduino Mega 2560 and the Smartthings shield. So far so good. Then when the RS232 shield came, one set of pins was already attached. Of course it was the ones I don’t need and now I have to desolder which I have no practice in.
But thanks to the internets, there are plenty of places to watch someone do that. So back to giant internet retailer name here and order solder-sucker. Since I was browsing around I figured, I should get some decent solder, and man, that holder looks cool, and I don’t know if my soldering tip is worth a damn so that tinning mixture might be nice to have and some pre-fab jumper connections will make life easier and… and… and…
So stuff on its way. I have the Mega2560 the RS232 shield, and the Smartthings shield. I’ll start the desolder and solder in correct pins process next weekend.
I understand I’ll have to load a local IDE for the Arduino code stuff. (I understand that is referred to as a sketch I think) and then I think I have to load something onto the Arduino board using their IDE, make some device types in the Smartthings IDE and then load the Gateway app in the SmartApp section of the IDE. Some jumpers get jumped and then… well… i don’t know. .
This is all a set up for me trying to figure out how to do this with the Pentair pool controller.
I figure this might be entertaining for you guys so I’ll post updates here unless someone thinks I should move this somewhere else.
Anyone have any tips or tricks, I’d be happy to hear them.