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emonTx TH V.14

emonTx TH Setup with internal and external]


Overview

This Page is documentation for the older emonTH V1.4, for the latest version emonTH V1.5 click here

The emonTH is an open-source, battery powered, Temperature and Humidity monitoring wireless node.

It's designed to be an easy to deploy tool for monitoring building / room temperature and humidity.

The data from the emonTH is transmitted via wireless (433/868MHz) to an emonBase web-connected base-station (we recommend a Raspberry Pi with an RFM12Pi) which then posts the data onto an emoncms server (e.g. emoncms.org) for logging, processing and graphing. The room temperature and humidity data can be used to inform a heating control system, feed into a building performance model or simply for general interest.

Features

  • Temperature and Humidity sensing options - DHT22 temperature and humidity sensor, or if humidity data is not required, a DS18B20 temperature sensor. The DHT22 and DS18B20 can be used together as shown above, for internal and external readings.
  • Easy to set-up - the unit comes pre-assembled and pre-loaded with Arduino compatible firmware. If desired, the code is easily changed via the Arduino IDE and a USB to UART cable.
  • Long Battery Life - The emonTH is powered by two AA batteries through a high efficiency DC-DC boost converter circuit. Taking a reading once every 60 seconds, the emonTH batteries should last for 1-3 years. We recommend rechargeable alkaline batteries for best performance and minimal environmental impact (see blog post).
  • Expansion Options - If desired, the emonTH function can easily be expanded: remote DS18B20 temperature sensors can be attached to the terminal block for outdoor temperature monitoring, multiple DS18B20 temperature sensors can be connected to a digital one-wire bus.
    • An optical sensor can be added for interfacing with a pulse-output utility meter, or a relay board could be connected to control an appliance.
    • Update: the emonTH now supports multiple DS18B20 sensors. See blog post
  • Flexible choice of radio - Using the RFu328 and ATmega328 microcontroller as a common platform, emonTH can work with either an RFM12B or Ciseco SRF radio


Technical

  • Microcontroller: ATmega328 on RFu328 board
  • Sensors: DHT22 Temperature & Humidity or DS18B20 temperature only
  • Power: 2 x AA batteries in an on-board holder. LTC3525 3.3V DC-DC boost converter to extend battery life
  • Radio: RFu328/ATmega328 emonTH can work with RFM12B or Ciseco SRF radio
  • Battery life: 1-3 years. See blog post
  • On-board LTC3525-3.3 DC-DC boost converter see emonTH hardware blog post

Port Map

EmonTH V1.4 PortMap.png


emonTx TH Setup with internal and external

Setup

See: Getting started with the emonTH

Accuracy

DHT22 Temperature and Humidity Sensor

  • Power supply: 3.3-6V DC
  • Output signal: digital signal via single-bus
  • Sensing element: Polymer capacitor
  • Operating range: humidity 0-100%RH; temperature -40 to ~80Celsius
  • Accuracy: humidity +-2%RH(Max +-5%RH); temperature <+-0.5Celsius
  • Resolution: humidity 0.1%RH; temperature 0.1Celsius
  • Repeatability: humidity +-1%RH; temperature +-0.2Celsius
  • Humidity hysteresis: +-0.3%RH
  • Long-term Stability: +-0.5%RH/year
  • Sensing period Average: 2s
  • Independent sensor test report

DS18B20 Temperature Sensor

  • Power supply range: 3.0V to 5.5V
  • Accuracy over the range of -10°C to +85°C: ±0.5°C.
  • Storage temperature range:-55°C to +125°C (-67°F to +257°F)

RF Connectivity

RFM12B

The Rfu328 sold through the OpenEnergyMonitor shop is ready for use with the RFM12B. Make sure you solder the RFM12B with the correct orientation if soldering it yourself. The crystal on the RFM12B should be on the same side as the tiny 16Mhz ATmega328 crystal on the RFu328. To use the RFM12B on the RFu328 a modified version of the JeeLib RF12 library has been created. This is called the RFu_JeeLib see the GitHub readme for info regarding changes to the code. When using the RFu_JeeLib, the RFM12B on the RFu328 can be used exactly as before, all code written for the emonTx V2, JeeNode etc should work just fine using using the RFu_JeeLib library.

SRF

A Ciseco SRF module can be used on the emonTx V3. The easiest thing to do is to purchase a complete RFu328 SRF setup from Ciseco. However an SRF module can be used on the RFu328 purchased from the OpenEnergyMonitor shop with one small modification. The RFu328 sold through the OpenEnergyMonitor shop ships set up for use with the RFM12B. To use it with the SRF, you'll need to remove one SMT resistor and rotate another by 90 degress. Follow these instructions from Ciseco IN REVERSE!

Electrical Characteristics

Power Consumption

See blog posts:

http://openenergymonitor.blogspot.com/2013/10/emonth-update-hardware.html

http://openenergymonitor.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/emonth-update-software-power.html

Enclosure Case

By deault, the emonTH is shipped without the SMT USB mini-B connector since the standard case does not allow for use of the USB port to power the emonTH. However, there is a community contributed 3D printable case design that does allow for use of the USB connector. The 3D CAD design for this case is available on Thingiverse:

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:365035

Firmware

Arduino compatible, a UART to USB cable is required to upload code

EmonTH Github repository

Open-Hardware Design Files

All the Design files for the emonTH are hosted on Git based SolderPad, see: http://solderpad.com/git/openenergymon/emonth


emonTx TH Setup with internal and external

License

Proudly open source

The hardware designs (schematics and CAD files) are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The firmware is released under the GNU GPL V3 license

The documentation is subject to GNU Free Documentation License

The hardware designs follow the terms of the OSHW (Open-source hardware) Statement of Principles 1.0.

Environmental & Life Cycle

We are passionate about sustainability and are aware of the embodied energy and use of resources involved in electronic manufacture. We try our best to reduce environmental impact wherever possible:

  • We have recently been inspired by a few projects taking a lead in promoting and making steps towards Ethical and Sustainable Electronics, see our blog post we wrote on the topic .
  • The printed circuit boards are made in the UK by a manufacturer who uses lead free techniques, complies to the highest environmental industry standard and is actively investing in techniques and equipment to reduce waste and minimise environmental impact (e.g water treatment and recycling). Hot-air leveling was chosen instead of immersion gold finish to reduce environmental impact.
  • Assembly is done in the UK. All components are RoHS compliant, and free of conflict materials.
  • Surface freight is used in preference to air shipping when ordering parts in bulk. This consumes 33 times less energy.
  • We have strived to reduce the electrical energy consumption of our hardware to be as low was possible, and recommend the use of green, rechargable batteries, see blog post

Disclaimer

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