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Worlds first affordable plug & play, secure, long range wireless for Arduino
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    1. Sebastian Wasser
      Superbacker
      on

      Ok, for everyone wondering how to find the documentation (if anyone), see here:
      https://web.archive.org/web/20160404023338/http://docs.ciseco.co.uk/R017%20-%20SRF%20Shield%20v1.pdf

    2. Sebastian Wasser
      Superbacker
      on

      Hey, does anyone still have the documentation on the shield and stick?

      I can't find it anymore and wanted to start another project with it.

    3. Mark Caswell-Daniels on

      Hiya, I kind of neglected ks for a while and have been having email issues, could I still get my board please? I'd forgotten bidding on it!

    4. Arend-Jan van Hilten on

      PS: the code on http://docs.ciseco.co.uk/R017%20-%20SRF%20Shield%20v1.pdf page 2 the right side the code is not correct, there is a missing ")" in the 7th line of code.

      Arend-Jan

    5. Arend-Jan van Hilten on

      Hi Ciseco,

      One question: Is there a method to not use the serial pins, because they are also used as the pins to the pc. I thought about cutting of the 2 pins and using 2 other pins, but which pins are the right pins?

      I want to create something like this:
      pc -- arduino -- srf shield -- raspberry pi
      and then the arduino does something with the signal coming from the pc and then sends it to the srf shield.

      Groetjes,

      Arend-Jan

    6. Ciseco 3-time creator on

      Hi Andy, just posted update #25 to the list of AT commands that the radios can be configured with

      Cheers, Miles

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      Andy McDade on

      The PDF file on your site doesn't seem very comprehensive. It states the heartbeat led is "software selectable" but I see no instructions on how to do this. Do you think you could tell me how please?

    8. Ciseco 3-time creator on

      Ian, many thanks for sharing your opinions.

      Try this......plug the SRF stick into your PC, use your favourite terminal software or our free to download XCM. Open the serial monitor. On your arduino run a sketch that turn pin 8 high. Then on the shield connect pins 01 & 02 together (creates a serial loopback). Go back to your PC, what ever you type (don't touch AT mode, just type some random stuff on the keyboard) you should receive back everything you type.

      I tested every single device personally but there's a chance your kit has developed a fault so if you get nowhere, please send it back and I'll test it. You can then decide if you want a refund or not.

    9. Ian Jeffray on

      @Sven on a Leonardo you need to use "Serial1" instead of "Serial" since "Serial" is the built in USB serial.

      @Ciseco I'm flabbergasted that you are "struggling with my tone" -- I'm "struggling" with your miserable non-documentation and random bits of video. This stuff just doesn't work and your snide responses are no way to deal with customers. I've basically given up with this rubbish now. I expected more. It's not even vaguely close to "spectacularly fantastic" when it does not work at all.

    10. Sven Haiges
      Superbacker
      on

      OK, on Leonardo the heartbeat led on the shield is flashing now. I guess that is better.

      I just still cannot get any data transferred.

    11. Sven Haiges
      Superbacker
      on

      I am trying to figure out a basic example with the SRF stick and shield on my mac. I wrote the program that comes printed on the shield, transferred it, then added the SRF stick and tried to connect via Serial like this:

      screen /dev/tty.usbmodem000001 115200

      Nothing really happens. The shield shows a constant red heartbeat, it flashes the built in LED on D13, the terminal window on my mac (FTDI drivers installed) is just black.

      The SRF stick blinks red every 0.5 seconds or so...

      Is there a getting started on Mac OS?

    12. Ciseco 3-time creator on

      Ian,

      Weird? Not in my mind, because it's nice and basic so I can figure where you are. So far all the info you have provided suggest everything is working.

      I wrote "An LED flashing on both items means they are running firmware properly", was that explanation unclear?

      You only get "OK" when you are in command mode, you don't want to be in this to send serial data.

      Try this......plug the SRF stick into your PC, use your favorite terminal software or our free to download XCM. Open the serial monitor. On your arduino run a sketch that turn pin 8 hight. Then on the shield connect pins 01 & 02 together (creates a serial loopback). Go back to your PC, what ever you type (don't touch AT mode, just type some random stuff on the keyboard) you should receive back everything you type.

      I tested every single device personally but there's a chance your kit has developed a fault so if you get nowhere, please send it back and I'll test it. You can then decide if you want a refund or not.

      I'm struggling with your tone Ian, for £20 it's spectacularly fantastic kit, if you don't think so then just return it and go buy something less capable for more money.

      Miles

    13. Ciseco 3-time creator on

      If you want to save the setting permanently add ATWR. Be careful, it's easy to forget you did it and everytime any serial program wiggles DTR it'll reset your micro :)

      Miles

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      Eric Harrison on

      Just curious...when using the Srf Stick, do you follow the instructions every time you use it of "+++", then "ATRP1", then "ATDN", then proceed?

    15. Ian Jeffray on

      So, back to trying to get this to do something. You ask what the sketch does - that's a weird thing to ask, because the sketch is the one you specify we should use. The instructions I've followed are the only bits and pieces I've still yet been able to find on updates here or digging about on your website. The LED on the USB stick and the LED on the shield are both flashing. But you've not explained why, when I follow your instructions, I get random "OK" or nothing back from the USB stick. I think it's broken. Or the vague bits of instructions are wrong. I've registered for the forum, and await approval to be able to post questions. But you've got 336 backers here and I think we deserve (require) more information than what's been provided.

    16. Arend-Jan van Hilten on

      There is a bug in the code on http://docs.ciseco.co.uk/R017%20-%20SRF%20Shield%20v1.pdf , the receiving code:
      There should be an extra ) after if "(Serial.available()" so the code should be
      void setup() {
      pinMode(8, OUTPUT);
      pinMode(13, OUTPUT);
      digitalWrite(8, HIGH);
      Serial.begin(115200);
      }
      void loop() {
      if (Serial.available()) {
      char c = Serial.read();
      if (c == '0'){
      digitalWrite(13, LOW);
      } else if (c == '1') {
      digitalWrite(13, HIGH);
      }
      }
      }

    17. Ciseco 3-time creator on

      Hi Arend,

      It is yes :)

      Cheers

      Miles

    18. Arend-Jan van Hilten on

      Is the SFR Shield 3V3 compatible, so I can use it with a PIC/ChipKIT?

    19. Ciseco 3-time creator on

      Ian,

      I'm waiting for you to reply. There's our forum also. An LED flashing on both items means they are running firmware properly, you say you have communicated with the SRF Stick. What does the sketch do?

      If you don't want to try any more, then pop them back in the post, when they arrive I'll give you a refund.

      Regards

      Miles

    20. Ian Jeffray on

      I'm fairly convinced my SRF shield or stick is broken. There's just no communication. Things don't "just work". How do I get a refund, if there's no way to get support?

    21. Simon Amor on

      @Miles - I'd already checked it and thought I'd managed to send +++, ATRP1 and ATDN but apparently not. I used minicom and got the OK responses to each and then it worked perfectly when I tried to upload the sketch again. Thanks!

    22. Rob Bezouwen
      Superbacker
      on

      Package received today (The Netherlands)
      Thanks.

    23. Ciseco 3-time creator on

      Hi Simon,

      Check out the programming video, it shows how to turn on over the air programming

      Cheers

      Miles

    24. Simon Amor on

      Got mine the other day but only just got around to plugging everything in. Uploaded sample hello world code via usb to Uno as normal, disconnected Uno from mac and then opened the serial monitor and connected to usb stick instead. On powering up or resetting the Uno, "Hello, World" appeared in the serial monitor so that part works. However, when trying to program the uno via the usb stick it pauses for a little while and then says:
      avrdude: ser_recv(): programmer is not responding
      avrdude: stk500_recv(): programmer is not responding
      Any thoughts?

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      Massimiliano D'Ambrosio // iv3unm on

      Package received today (Italy)
      Thanks.

    26. Ciseco 3-time creator on

      Have you changed any settings you know of? You don't need to go setting anything with AT commands to get things working, they give you a serial connection out the box.

      The video you refer to shows how to configure over the air programming, I'd suggest leaving that till you are more familiar with things

      Have you tried the sketch?

    27. Ian Jeffray on

      Also, ATRP3 *always* returns "ERR", or no response at all. Never "OK". Update #16 suggested this should work on units we received. :-S

    28. Ian Jeffray on

      Yes, LEDs flashing away on shield and USB stick.

    29. Ian Jeffray on

      Yep, sure, but there's a whoooole world of difference between "should" and "do". :-) Either I'm doing something badly wrong, or something's broken. It does not "just work" as described / shown in the brief videos. For example, the video shows entering +++, seeing OK, then entering ATRP1, enter, and getting OK. As stated, "OK" only appears occasionally. Nothing else ever appears in the serial monitor window. Throw us a bone?

    30. Ciseco 3-time creator on

      Hi Ian,

      Off the back of your question, I just received this email "USB stick installs automatically on Win7 Pro as well, took less than five minutes to get the stick installed copy the sketch into Arduino and get the stick talking to the Arduino card, very very impressive. We have already made plans for a product based on the SRF unit and placed order for some units for prototypes."

      Quick question: Do you have a flashing LED on both Sick and Shield (indicates the firmware is running)

      Miles

    31. Ciseco 3-time creator on

      Hi Ian,

      You should be able to get these running in less than 2 minutes. If you are getting an OK you have left normal serial operation and are in the settings.

      If you cut and paste the code from the datasheet onto your arduino and open XCM and the SRF stick port at 115,200, when you power cycle the arduino you should get "hello world"

      Miles

    32. Ian Jeffray on

      Ta for the update, but I think the point is greater than what you've responded -- the USB driver installed fine (Win7 here) and I can *sometimes* get the XCM app to talk to the stick. Sometimes I get no "OK" after any command. Never managed to get it to transmit any data as far as I can tell. I think you really should look at producing a full step by step guide to using the stick and the shield because after several hours of playing here, I've got absolutely nothing to work. :(

    33. Ian Jeffray on

      And, Update #11 said "we are going to include a wire whip antenna with every device that supports one" -- I definitely didn't get one, but did find the loose SMA connector in the bag. Do we guess we need one or the other or ... what?

    34. Ian Jeffray on

      Do you plan to create proper instructions for this, or is it all guesswork and gleaning bits from the random videos? Haven't managed to even make the USB stick work as described yet. :(

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      Ingmar Guillaume on

      @Creator, Eric,

      OK. That was my question. So no email notification of shipping. No problem.

    36. Ciseco 3-time creator on

      You are right Eric, the overhead of emailing each person individually is too great, there's only myself and Will doing all the testing, packing and shipping. This is to minimise errors by having more people involved in a one time process. Why? Because the K/S system gives you nothing like a packing list/invoice etc for each person unlike our shop system.

      Putting a positive spin on things.....the whole transactional side of K/S has lot's of scope for improvement :)

      Miles

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      Eric Harrison on

      Ingmar, I don't believe we get a shopping notification for our rewards. The only reason that I know mine has shipped is because my related order from their website has shipped.

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      David Penney on

      Package received thank you.
      Exactly as expected, a fine piece of work and a great kickstarter campaign.
      Nicely done.

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      Ingmar Guillaume on

      @Creator,

      thx. However, mine is (to my knowledge), just a plain shield and stick. Nothing special. As Spants. I have not received a shipping notification (yet). That was the reason for my question: do we GET a shipping notification?

      I am patient, no worries, lol.

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      spants on

      yay, the postie just delivered it...

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      Nick Reynolds on

      Got my shields thanks, now to play with them!

    42. Missing avatar

      spants on

      Miles, thanks for the update. Hopefully it will arrive soon. I haven't had any shipping update unless my spam filter ate it... rgds Tony

    43. Ciseco 3-time creator on

      Hi Spants,

      To my knowledge all the Shield & Stick rewards have already been shipped.

      Miles

    44. Ciseco 3-time creator on

      Hi Ingmar,

      The day before last we sent out 6 hours worth of reward levels. I'd estimate we are at 80-85% of all sent out now. Today I'll be spending the afternoon doing a load more and anticipate having no more than a dozen or so more complex ones to send out. Your patience in all this has been great appreciated.

      All the best

      Miles

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      spants on

      Mine (with a USB stick) has not been sent yet. I'm in no rush but hoping that I haven't been forgotten!. Is there a status say 567/900 orders shipped?

    46. Missing avatar

      Ingmar Guillaume on

      @Creator,

      how do you actually send these out? A few at a time? You started shipping on the 24th (per update of the 23th), but I see people receiving them every day since. It can't take 15 days within Europe.

      Not worried, but very much wondering.

      Is there a shipment notification or is it just "on the go"?

    47. James Caldow on

      Mine arrived safely yesterday. Many thanks.

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      maverickprowls on

      Mine has also arrived. Thanks for the warning about the connector in the separate bag, I nearly missed it!

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      Jorge García on

      I received mine today, as SRF shield and a Slice of Radio. Thank you.

    50. Missing avatar

      Eric Harrison on

      Woohoo, mine has shipped!

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