Ok, time to try out some real code, after yesterday’s proposal for a simple node / sketch / packet format announcement system.
I’m going to use two tricks:
First of all, there’s no need for the node itself to actually send out these packets. I’ve written a little “announcer” sketch which masquerades as the real nodes and sends out packets on their behalf. So… fake info to try things out, without even having to update any nodes! This is a transitional state, until all nodes have been updated.
And second, I don’t really care about sending these packets out until the receiving end actually knows how to handle this info, so in debug mode, I’ll just report it over serial.
Note that packets get sent to “node 0″, which cannot exist – so sending this out is in fact harmless: today’s RF12 listeners will ignore such packets. Except node 31, which sees these new packets come in with header byte 64 (i.e. 0x40). No RF12 driver change needed!
Here’s the essence of the test sketch:
With apologies for the size of this screenshot – full code is on GitHub.
Note that this is just for testing. For the actual code, I’d pay far more attention to RAM usage and place the actual descriptive data in flash memory, for example.
And here’s some test output from it on the serial port:
Yeah, that looks about right. Next step will be to pick this up and do something with it. Please give me a few days for that, as the “HouseMon” server-side code isn’t yet up to it.
To be continued soon…
PS. Another very useful item type would be the maximum expected time between packets. It allows a server to automatically generate a warning when that time is grossly exceeded. Also a nice example of how self-announcement can help improve the entire system.