ECE497 Project: XBee
Embedded Linux Class by Mark A. Yoder
I'm using the following template to grade. Each slot is 10 points. 0 = Missing, 5=OK, 10=Wow!
00 Executive Summary 05 Installation Instructions 01 User Instructions 00 Highlights 00 Theory of Operation 00 Work Breakdown 00 Future Work 00 Conclusions 00 Demo 00 Late Comments: I'm looking forward to seeing this. Score: 06/100
The XBee project involves taking two series-one XBee modules and interfacing them with the various sensors that have been documented in our ECE497 group. Our goal is to create wiki pages which expand on the sensors to include sample wireless communication documentation and source code.
Right now the various sensors have been documented and are working. We've received the XBee modules and soldered them as required. So far we've been able to send and receive messages from an XBee connected to a Windows PC to one connected to a Bone, and vice versa. We've started development on C code which is used to send and receive commands on the Bone. When finished, we'll have a library of methods for communication.
Our next step is to move to Bone-to-Bone communication and to be able to control our sensors wirelessly from one Bone to the other.
In conclusion, we're using XBee modules to communicate from one Bone to another. A protocol is in development and will be used for controlling sensors wirelessly.
The very first step is to solder your XBee module, see the instructions here. Once the module is assembled, you may wire-up the XBee module to the BeagleBone's serial ports. The table below describes how to hook up the module to UART2 on the Bone:
|GND||Ground, port 1|
|3V||3.3V, port 3|
|TX||RX, port 22 (Which header?)|
|RX||TX, port 21|
The image below shows the configuration:
Our git repo for this project is available here: github.com/duganje/ECE497_XBEE (Use 'Git Read-Only' address). To begin, download the
serial.c (XBee.c? Give some more comments in your code. It looks like you are setting the pin MUX.) file which houses our communication methods. You are now able to send data wirelessly using the
ReceiveIntXbee() functions. Repeat this procedure on a separate BeagleBone and use the same functions to receive and reply data.
(You need two sets of instructions, one for how to use your code for a given sensor. The other for adapting your code to another sensor.)
TO DO: How to use the send and receive functions. Include screenshots.
After cloning our repository to your favorite location, include the necessary header file,
XBee.h (not created yet). In your
main.c file or your program, first run:
which sets the pins we will need to communicate to the XBee. Then in your main.c call:
with chars as a string characters you choose. On your 2nd BeagleBone, call:
which will return the integers which were sent through
sendIntXbee(int yourInt) on the 1st board.
TBD: Showcase an example of a sensor controlling something wireless.
Theory of Operation
The main theory of operation is based on Linux's use of files. With an XBee connected to the Bone's UART, sent and received messages are written to the ttyO2 file.(Should be /dev/ttyO2. How do you change serial ports?) Our code uses this and reads the file to receive a message and writes to the file to send a message. Any XBee's on the same network wil receive the message and we can do anything we want with it.
- Monday, 10/29 - XBee hardware received. (done)
- Thursday, 11/1 - XBee Bones are connected and commands can be sent. (done)
- Monday, 11/5 - Initial sensor implementation.
- Thursday, 11/8 - Package language implemented between Bones.
- Sunday, 11/11 - YouTube demo uploaded.
- Monday, 11/12 - All documentation complete.
- Tuesday, 11/13 - Presentation day; PowerPoint complete.
(It doesn't look like you've done much so far. I'm looking forward to seeing the final project.)
- Soldering XBee's - Matt Moravec
- Initial communication methods - Stephen Shinn
- Expanded communication methods - Josh Dugan
- Sensor implementation: starting with the sensors that we interfaced earlier in the class
- Wiki pages
Embedded Linux Class by Mark A. Yoder