Arduino, Ethernet Shield, Node.js and AWS OpsWorks

After going though a lot of the great examples I wanted to dive into connecting the Arduino to the internet and figure out a way to push sensor data to the web for later consumption. Thanks to Remote logging with Arduino and Node.js at FRENKI.NET I was able to get the info I needed to setup a simple data collector application.

[code language=”cpp”]
//Sending one Analog Value to a Node.js server
//Used AWS OpsWorks and created basic Stack to deploy a node.js instance
//Stolen from FRENKI.NET


byte arduinoMac[] = { 0xDE, 0xAD, 0xBE, 0xEF, 0xFE, 0xED };
// desired IP for Arduino
IPAddress arduinoIP(192, 168, 1, 100);
// port of Arduino
unsigned int arduinoPort = 8080;

// IP of node.js server setup to recieve the data
IPAddress receiverIP(00, 00, 00, 00);
// Port on node.js server that is listening to UDP traffic
unsigned int receiverPort = 7777;

EthernetUDP Udp;

int sensorPin = A4; // Choose whatever sensor pin you would like to use
int sensorValue;

void setup() {
Ethernet.begin(arduinoMac,arduinoIP); //Initialize Ethernet UDP and Serial port

void loop() {
sensorValue = analogRead(sensorPin); // Read sensor value and store in sensorValue
byte valueInBytes[2] = {lowByte(sensorValue), highByte(sensorValue)}; //convert it to a byte array for the UDP Transfer
// Debug info for figuring out how byte array works
Serial.print("Low: ");
Serial.print("High: ");

// Send UDP Packet to node.js server
Udp.beginPacket(receiverIP, receiverPort); //start udp packet
Udp.write(valueInBytes, 2); //write sensor data to udp packet
Udp.endPacket(); // end packet
// Repeat every 5 seconds

node code:

Here is a snippet of node.js code used to receive the Arduino data. I used a simple AWS OpsWorks Deployment of an node.js instance. Add the following code to a file…arduindocollect.js and then run #node arduinocollect.js…


var dgram = require("dgram");
var server = dgram.createSocket("udp4");
var fs = require(‘fs’);

var crlf = new Buffer(2);
crlf[0] = 0xD; //CR – Carriage return character
crlf[1] = 0xA; //LF – Line feed character

server.on("message", function (msg, rinfo) { //every time new data arrives do this:
console.log("server got: " + msg.readUInt16LE(0) + " from " + rinfo.address + ":" + rinfo.port); // you can comment this line out
fs.appendFile(‘mydata.txt’, msg.readUInt16LE(0) + crlf, encoding=’utf8′);//write the value to file and add CRLF for line break

server.on("listening", function () {
var address = server.address();
console.log("server listening " + address.address + ":" + address.port);

server.bind(7777); //listen to udp traffic on port 7777


AWS – Make sure you update the Security Group to allow UDP on 7777 or whatever UDP Port you decide to use.

Arduino Uno – Home and Doing Well

Picked up an Arduino Uno R3 recently at my local RadioShack. Also picked up a RadioShack starter pack to get me going. They are amazing! Was able to get started with it in no time at all thanks to the great “Getting Started with Arduino” guide.

I immediately noticed that a solid case and or mount was in order to prevent it from slipping all over the place while working with it. Pretty sure the USB Cable weighs more than the board. Thanks to adafruit I was able to get the Arduino Hole Dimension Drawwing and build a block out of some scrap aluminum I had laying around.

This was a test/challenge of my machine layout skills but was happy that it worked out well enough on the first attempt. I am going to make a few more so that I can have a template for drilling out other bases and such. Making more of these will also help hone my layout skills.








As you will see in this next photo, the mounting hole that is near the AREF Pins is not very useful as there is not space for the head of a screw to sit.


My only regret with the Arduino Uno is that I did not buy one sooner!