Author Archives: austinlightguy

Wine Cooler Power Supply

I’m just going to blog about this one briefly, in case their are any other enterprising Wine Cooler owners out there who find that, two years into owning their cheapo wine cooler, the power supply craps out. I didn’t take … Continue reading

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Lightsuit V2.0 (part 2)

In a previous post, I provided an overview of the “next generation” of my Christmas Light Suit (and various ‘peripherals’ 🙂  Really…it’s more like “generation 5 or 6” since the Light Suit has been through very many iterations, starting with … Continue reading

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Using ADC with the ESP8266

The ESP8266 family of boards still amaze me with their size and cost-effectiveness, but I will confess; the dearth of official information for some of the more esoteric features can be annoying. For my remote garage-door sensor, I wanted to … Continue reading

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Remote ESP8266-based Garage Door sensor

I’ve got a bunch of z-wave light switches and plugs in my house and I use OpenHab as my centralized home automation system. I have a detached garage and neighbors have experienced occasional break-ins in similar garages where people stole tools and … Continue reading

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NodeMCU Custom Builds for ESP8266

OK, just a quick blurb in case anyone else runs into this incredibly frustrating experience: I’m playing with some sensors where I’m interested in really low power consumption. Basically, I want to go into deep sleep, which only draws <100uA, … Continue reading

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LightSuit V2.0

Well, it’s well past Christmas and things have finally settled down for me a bit, so I figure it’s high time I blog in a bit of detail about my main Christmas technology focus – Version 2 of the AustinLightGuy Light … Continue reading

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Building another (better) PiCam security camera

I blogged briefly about building a security camera back in a previous post. It worked so well I decided to build another, but with a few improvements based on past experience… I used this WiFi adapter (from Aazon): TRENDnet Wireless N 150 … Continue reading

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Easy, Cheap Connector for ESP-01

One thing that’s been pretty annoying playing with the ESp-01 variant of the ESP8266 modules is the pinout form factor. The 2×4 pin configuration does not plug into a prototyping breadboard conveniently, and also doesn’t lend itself to connectors you … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned with ESP-201

I recently ordered several more ESP8266 modules, and of that set, I decided to get a couple of ESP-201’s. These were appealing because they’re still fairly bare-bones (and therefore extremely cheap – about $4US each), lacking an on-bard regulator or … Continue reading

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Can’t upload new LUA files once ESP8266 init.lua starts

I’ve been having this frustrating problem with my NodeMCU projects on the cheaper ESP8266 devices: Once you get into a loop in your code, or worse yet, if you have an error that causes a reboot loop, there’s no way … Continue reading

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