Home remote data logging and intelligent control with Arduinos and Mango M2M

 

Hardware for remote data logging via Arduino and Mango M2M server

To keep a track of various environmental parameters and use them for intelligent home control, sometime back I set off on this journey to setup a remote data logging system using Arduinos and open source M2M software.

First, the hardware used :-

  1. Arduinos – pretty much any model will do. At a minimum you need two, one for the base receiver and the other for the remote data capture / control unit.
  2. Mango M2M. I got a second hand laptop for Rs.3000/-, converted it into a linux server with Ubuntu Server and installed Mango M2M on it.
  3. Sensors – humidity, temperature, pressure, ultrasound etc etc

Since there is a fair amount of work involved, vs creating a single large post, I am going to break up all the steps for this remote data logging setup into smaller logical section (posts) :-

  1. M2M box setup on Ubuntu server. 
  2. Construction and programming of base unit (arduino receiver), connecting to the M2M box
  3. Construction, programming and connectivity of one or more Remote Arduino Sensors
  4. Construction, programming and connectivity of one or more Remote Arduino Sensor and Control Units
  5. Bringing it all together.

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