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#21
I can be used for reading the P1 Port of the dutch Smart Meters. pilight does not have support for it yet.
 
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#22
IIRC, it's for the P1 meter, which is a smart meter to measure power usage.
 
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#23
Many thanks for the info!

Tomtom
 
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#24
Hey. Thanks for this project. I already had a lot of fun with pilight and was amazed how fast and comfortable everything was to set up. I had some cheap sender/receiver modul, which are known to have issues, but they worked fine for the moment.

Maybe I overestimated my skills, when I ordered a PCB full from the pilight shop. I have very little soldering skills, but it didn't look so hard to do and after a while the soldered PCB looked pretty good. (But after all I don't know that much about electronics and hardware)

My problem is, that the mounted PCB won't work with my RPI (Model B). I did not have these problems with the cheap modules mounted on a breadboard w/o any filter or voltage regulator - but also not a very good range.

I guess it would be really great, if you have a hint for me how to trouble shoot from here.

I attached to pictures of the soldered PCB.

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#25
Do you have a measuring equipment or even LED's around? And does nothing work? Sending, receiving, IR?
 
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#26
I'm not sure what happened, because I clearly remember registering on this forum. However, neither my post, nor my account are there (had to register again)...

Anyway, my question was regarding the antenna slot on the pre-soldered PCB.
Is it connected to the sender, to the receiver, or to both?
I can't find this info anywhere.

Thanks in advance for your reply.
With best regards,
Oleksii Serdiuk
 
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#27
If you happened to register on the 17th of February, your account may have gotten eaten by the forum harddrive crash. IIRC, the antenna is used by both the sender and the receiver, since pilight never sends and receives at the same time. That's also why only one antenna is required on the PCB.
 
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#28
(03-07-2017, 06:43 PM)pilino1234 Wrote: IIRC, the antenna is used by both the sender and the receiver, since pilight never sends and receives at the same time. That's also why only one antenna is required on the PCB.

That's great news! I wanted to improve the reception, and bought this external antenna. What I was going to do is to cut the connector, expose the wire and stick it instead of the spiral antenna the comes with the kit.

Should work, right?

(03-07-2017, 06:43 PM)pilino1234 Wrote: If you happened to register on the 17th of February, your account may have gotten eaten by the forum harddrive crash.

Based on the registration message from the forum, it was 12th of February.
With best regards,
Oleksii Serdiuk
 
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#29
(03-07-2017, 07:58 PM)leppa Wrote: That's great news! I wanted to improve the reception, and bought this external antenna. What I was going to do is to cut the connector, expose the wire and stick it instead of the spiral antenna the comes with the kit.

Should work, right?
The ebay description says it has a SMA Plug connector, so a coax cable - but the PCB only has one antenna connector. I ain't no electrical engineer, but maybe just try plugging the central lead of the coax into the PCB Big Grin

(03-07-2017, 07:58 PM)leppa Wrote: Based on the registration message from the forum, it was 12th of February.
Dunno how often backups are made, @curlymo would know. But now you have a new account, so all is well Smile
 
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#30
(03-07-2017, 08:11 PM)pilino1234 Wrote:
(03-07-2017, 07:58 PM)leppa Wrote: That's great news! I wanted to improve the reception, and bought this external antenna. What I was going to do is to cut the connector, expose the wire and stick it instead of the spiral antenna the comes with the kit.

Should work, right?
The ebay description says it has a SMA Plug connector, so a coax cable - but the PCB only has one antenna connector. I ain't no electrical engineer, but maybe just try plugging the central lead of the coax into the PCB Big Grin
I'm not an electrical engineer either, but the way I understand is that the antenna itself is single wire. So it should be connected to the central pin, and outside layer acts as shielding/ground. Cutting off the connector, removing a bit of shielding, and sticking central lead into the antenna slot should do, methinks.

(03-07-2017, 08:11 PM)pilino1234 Wrote:
(03-07-2017, 07:58 PM)leppa Wrote: Based on the registration message from the forum, it was 12th of February.
Dunno how often backups are made, @curlymo would know. But now you have a new account, so all is well Smile
Yup :-)
With best regards,
Oleksii Serdiuk
 
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