Weather uplink

I connected a USB to serial adapter to the NSLU2 and it recognized it right away.
Output from dmesg.
[43129780.760000] usb 3-1: new full speed USB device using ohci_hcd and address 2
[43129780.940000] usb 3-1: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
[43129780.960000] usb 3-1: New USB device found, idVendor=067b, idProduct=2303
[43129780.960000] usb 3-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
[43129780.970000] usb 3-1: Product: USB-Serial Controller
[43129780.980000] usb 3-1: Manufacturer: Prolific Technology Inc.
[43129782.550000] usbcore: registered new interface driver usbserial
[43129782.560000] usbserial: USB Serial support registered for generic
[43129782.570000] usbcore: registered new interface driver usbserial_generic
[43129782.580000] usbserial: USB Serial Driver core
[43129782.650000] usbserial: USB Serial support registered for pl2303
[43129782.660000] pl2303 3-1:1.0: pl2303 converter detected
[43129782.730000] usb 3-1: pl2303 converter now attached to ttyUSB0
[43129782.730000] usbcore: registered new interface driver pl2303
[43129782.740000] pl2303: Prolific PL2303 USB to serial adaptor driver

I then went to the management screen and changed from simulator mode to WS23xx. Everything seemed to work fine and the base even linked to the temperature sensor out in the garage. Its not accurate but it is updating now.
Maybe next weekend I can connect the sensors outside and get things working there.

Weather uplink

I connected a USB to serial adapter to the NSLU2 and it recognized it right away.
Output from dmesg.
[43129780.760000] usb 3-1: new full speed USB device using ohci_hcd and address 2
[43129780.940000] usb 3-1: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
[43129780.960000] usb 3-1: New USB device found, idVendor=067b, idProduct=2303
[43129780.960000] usb 3-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
[43129780.970000] usb 3-1: Product: USB-Serial Controller
[43129780.980000] usb 3-1: Manufacturer: Prolific Technology Inc.
[43129782.550000] usbcore: registered new interface driver usbserial
[43129782.560000] usbserial: USB Serial support registered for generic
[43129782.570000] usbcore: registered new interface driver usbserial_generic
[43129782.580000] usbserial: USB Serial Driver core
[43129782.650000] usbserial: USB Serial support registered for pl2303
[43129782.660000] pl2303 3-1:1.0: pl2303 converter detected
[43129782.730000] usb 3-1: pl2303 converter now attached to ttyUSB0
[43129782.730000] usbcore: registered new interface driver pl2303
[43129782.740000] pl2303: Prolific PL2303 USB to serial adaptor driver

I then went to the management screen and changed from simulator mode to WS23xx. Everything seemed to work fine and the base even linked to the temperature sensor out in the garage. Its not accurate but it is updating now.
Maybe next weekend I can connect the sensors outside and get things working there.

Sick Day

I’m off today with a sprained ankle, keeping it elevated and weight off it. So I figured I could get a few things done around the house.
I called Verizon and made some changes hopefully this will save me about $15.00 a month. The person on the phone was helpful.
Next Direct TV, I called and they were a lot less helpful then Verizon. They did offer me a $5 a month discount for three months because I called (don’t they understand that just made me mad?). Then I canceled their $5.99 a month service plan. I think that was a good thing for mom (Direct TV came out and reattached the dish after snow took it down last year) but it seemed like a waste for me. I don’t think it was worth roughly $72 to put the dish up where it should have been in the first place.
Then on to the hard stuff. We have a Roomba and Mom had a Roomba as well. Both were dead with the left wheel not turning on both of them. I told my Uncle I was thinking of buying a new motor assembly to get at least one of them running. He advised me to look around a little and test to see if it is the motor or something else.
I found a small switch that is used to stop the motors if one wheel goes up in the air, the switch no longer switched. This house is all on one level, so maybe the worst that happens is it gets stuck on a rug or wall and burns out the motor. I tested it on the floor and it now goes ahead and reverse. We’ll see if this works for very long.
The Roomba didn’t even make one lap of the house.
I went to work on the weather station with better success.

Sick Day

I’m off today with a sprained ankle, keeping it elevated and weight off it. So I figured I could get a few things done around the house.
I called Verizon and made some changes hopefully this will save me about $15.00 a month. The person on the phone was helpful.
Next Direct TV, I called and they were a lot less helpful then Verizon. They did offer me a $5 a month discount for three months because I called (don’t they understand that just made me mad?). Then I canceled their $5.99 a month service plan. I think that was a good thing for mom (Direct TV came out and reattached the dish after snow took it down last year) but it seemed like a waste for me. I don’t think it was worth roughly $72 to put the dish up where it should have been in the first place.
Then on to the hard stuff. We have a Roomba and Mom had a Roomba as well. Both were dead with the left wheel not turning on both of them. I told my Uncle I was thinking of buying a new motor assembly to get at least one of them running. He advised me to look around a little and test to see if it is the motor or something else.
I found a small switch that is used to stop the motors if one wheel goes up in the air, the switch no longer switched. This house is all on one level, so maybe the worst that happens is it gets stuck on a rug or wall and burns out the motor. I tested it on the floor and it now goes ahead and reverse. We’ll see if this works for very long.
The Roomba didn’t even make one lap of the house.
I went to work on the weather station with better success.

NSLU2 and WView for weather

Yesterday I got Debian running on the NSLU2 it was slow but thats the only drawback so far.
Today I used wget and got a copy of wview to gather the data from my Lacrosse weather station. Its been running the install script for about two hours now, so its also slow to add programs and then run a compile but it is working. I did my test setup on an Ubuntu server at work that I was running some maintenance on and it took a few minutes. I guess a little CPU and some memory do make a big difference.
Three and a half hours to build the simulator. Its done all I need to do now is setup FTP to the public web server and oh yeah, actually find the weather station and hook it up so there is real data. Right now the data doesn’t match my location but some of the graphics do.

The public weather page.
The internal management page.

NSLU2 and WView for weather

Yesterday I got Debian running on the NSLU2 it was slow but thats the only drawback so far.
Today I used wget and got a copy of wview to gather the data from my Lacrosse weather station. Its been running the install script for about two hours now, so its also slow to add programs and then run a compile but it is working. I did my test setup on an Ubuntu server at work that I was running some maintenance on and it took a few minutes. I guess a little CPU and some memory do make a big difference.
Three and a half hours to build the simulator. Its done all I need to do now is setup FTP to the public web server and oh yeah, actually find the weather station and hook it up so there is real data. Right now the data doesn’t match my location but some of the graphics do.

The public weather page.
The internal management page.

NSLU2

I’ve got Debian Lenny installing on the NSLU2 right now with a four Gig USB flash drive.
Hardware specs:
The device has two USB 2.0 ports for connecting hard disks and uses an ARM-compatible Intel XScale IXP420 CPU. In models manufactured prior to around April 2006, Linksys had underclocked the processor to 133 MHz, though a simple hardware modification to remove this restriction is possible. The device includes 32 MB of SDRAM, and 8 MB of Flash memory. It also has a 100 megabit Ethernet network connection. The NSLU2 is fanless, making it completely silent.
This should make a decent low power server for my weather station and cameras. Its been about two hours and two more to go before it completes.
I used this site for the instructions.

NSLU2

I’ve got Debian Lenny installing on the NSLU2 right now with a four Gig USB flash drive.
Hardware specs:
The device has two USB 2.0 ports for connecting hard disks and uses an ARM-compatible Intel XScale IXP420 CPU. In models manufactured prior to around April 2006, Linksys had underclocked the processor to 133 MHz, though a simple hardware modification to remove this restriction is possible. The device includes 32 MB of SDRAM, and 8 MB of Flash memory. It also has a 100 megabit Ethernet network connection. The NSLU2 is fanless, making it completely silent.
This should make a decent low power server for my weather station and cameras. Its been about two hours and two more to go before it completes.
I used this site for the instructions.

December 31, 2013 and this is pretty much out of service. No fault of the NSLU2 but the weather station I was using has pretty much worn out from being outside in the elements for roughly five years.

I am thinking about using this as part of my monitoring system at the cabin. The tough part there seems to be the uplink and doing that cheaply enough over cellular service. I do have 4G available but I’d like to do this at the cheapest possible recurring cost each month.

The week in review

This week on my way into work I was stopped behind a school bus waiting for the kids to get on. At one house there must have been four or five kids but this one boy just sat on the steps. He was maybe eight years old or so. His sister came back off the bus and tried to get him to go on the bus, but he wouldn’t budge.
After a few minutes the mother came out and she talked to the boy as well, but still he was not going on the bus. No how no way.
Finally the mother takes him under the arms and picks him up. He is kicking and hollering the entire time. As she gets him to the bus door and trues to push him in he makes his escape.
Running down the yard behind the house and out of sight, we didn’t see him again. The mother finally gave up and waved the bus off.
We didn’t see him out front waiting for the bus for the rest of the week.

The week in review

This week on my way into work I was stopped behind a school bus waiting for the kids to get on. At one house there must have been four or five kids but this one boy just sat on the steps. He was maybe eight years old or so. His sister came back off the bus and tried to get him to go on the bus, but he wouldn’t budge.
After a few minutes the mother came out and she talked to the boy as well, but still he was not going on the bus. No how no way.
Finally the mother takes him under the arms and picks him up. He is kicking and hollering the entire time. As she gets him to the bus door and trues to push him in he makes his escape.
Running down the yard behind the house and out of sight, we didn’t see him again. The mother finally gave up and waved the bus off.
We didn’t see him out front waiting for the bus for the rest of the week.