Introducing: ayatec sensoraya PCB v1.4 – The User Guide

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1. Introduction While the ESP8266 microcontroller (with or without unicontrol) still remains to be a powerful choice for any IoT automation project, the bare ESP8266 in any of its forms has a critical lack of I/O options without a supporting PCB. With only 9 digital GPIO pins and 1 analog pin it is underequipped for … Read more

Cybersecurity – A Beginner’s Guide to DIY Smart Home

So, you’re transforming your home into a smart one and have created your first device. Before you expand your Internet of Things network further, it’s crucial to consider cybersecurity. A well-secured IoT network can prevent unauthorized access and protect sensitive data. Bear in mind that no network or device can be entirely invulnerable to unauthorized access. Therefore, … Read more

My First Device – A Beginner’s Guide to DIY Smart Home

Starting your smart home transformation can be a daunting task. Even though you might have a clear goal in mind, the path to achieving it, and especially the first steps, often remain too hazy for comfort. To provide clarity, the following guide to DIY smart home lists the initial steps that might help you understand what lies ahead if … Read more

Introducing: The ESP12F-X4 Relay Module

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Numerous third-party modules featuring the ESP8266 microcontroller are readily available in the market. Modules carrying the versions ESP-12E, ESP-12F, or ESP-12S are natively supported by unicontrol as they are equipped with 4MB Flash memory or more. They are typically less convenient when it comes to firmware uploads, compared to development boards like the WeMOS D1 … Read more

Introducing: The Relay Module HW-622

The majority of simple home projects do not require custom-made PCBs like the one demonstrated in the Bath Vent Project. Numerous ready-made modules featuring ESP8266 (or a socket for one) are available, most commonly integrating the ESP-12E or ESP-12F. These modules are natively supported by unicontrol, as they come equipped with 4MB Flash memory or more. Unlike development boards such … Read more

Unicontrol Basics Part 3 – Serial Line Access

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To revive the unicontrol module or to set parameters that are inaccessible due to missing Wi-Fi connection, it is possible to access the ESP8266 in an emergency mode via the integrated serial interface. It can be useful, in case of a forgotten password, entering wrong values by mistake during configuration, Wi-Fi malfunction – etc… Before … Read more

unicontrol – first init – 2nd part

When the hardware intended for our own project is ready, the first thing we need to do is to upload the unicontrol software to the module. The easiest and recommended method is to upload it using the freely available Flasher program as described here. Once the software is successfully uploaded to the module, a reset … Read more

Unicontrol Basics Part 1 – Intro to the System

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The unicontrol software was developed as a small intelligent control system tailored-made for ESP8266 modules and primarily intended for our ESPtronic V1.2 board. It is however, also possible and very effective to use it for a number of ready-made control units from most manufacturers equipped with the ESP8266 module. This includes industrially used components such … Read more

Heating/Cooling regulator

The “Heating/Cooling Temperature Regulator” (HTR) software for our AYAtec_ESPtronic-V1.2 board is used to regulate and monitor temperatures in the required area (home heating, garages, aquarium, terrarium, animal husbandry, swimming pool, whirlpool …). Depending on which version is loaded into the control module or what HW configuration the module has depends on how many independent spaces … Read more