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How to be very happy when communicating serial wireless low tech

Updated with Bonus tip! You can "easily" hook up some cheap UHF / FM whatever units to make 2 MCU's talk wireless by serial. But you need to learn some stuff, this is what I learned :)

Since I discovered this:

http://letsmakerobots.com/node/5916 

all has changed! I was blind, but now I can see. And I can program!

On Picaxe, in order to send with these modules, use this code:

testsender:
for b0 = 0 to 255
high 3 pause 3 low 3 pause 1 serout 3,N2400, (85, 85, b0)
pause 200
next b0
goto testsender

and to recieve, use this code:

testreciever:
serin 7, N2400, (85,85), b0
sound 0, (b0,10) low 0
goto testreciever

- Of course adapted to your own setup etc.

The important parts here are:

high 3 pause  3 low 3 pause 1 serout 3,N2400, (85,85...

and

serin 7, N2400, (85,85...

Because with that combination all together, the reciever is left most happy in all states, and the result is 100% rock steady. Like in not a single bit lost in a thousand!

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Bonus tip:

A) Hook up a speaker to your MCU

B) Send sound to it in a loop

C) Take off the speaker, and hook up the sender

D) Power up the reciever, and on the out-pin, hook up the speaker (and other wire to ground on the reciever)

Now do you hear sound from the reciever, punk? If not, you can rest assured that your recieving MCU will not get any signal either :)

Yes, you can start your own little radio station with these ;)

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Cool,

I've been experimenting on serial communication between a computer and an Arduino - so that the code is on the computer - and the wireless is between computers (wifi)

The range is pretty good and apparently tcp/ip is
supposedly robust enough to work after a nuke ...

but i have not tested that part... yet :)

uhm i've purchased a couple of them too (a receiver and a trasmitter). Very cheap, but time wasters and very low performances.

i heartly suggest Xbee modules :)

Time wasting or not; These are EXTREMELY cheap, and I found the challenge of making it work fun. Wasted time? Not to me, fun time :) And now I present you the way that I did it.

If you want to spend money and is more interested in steady communication, yes, I also recomend Xbee or Easy Radio!

However, understand where I came from: I was experimenting with light pulsing and magnetic field pulsing from one robot to another - trust me, that was unstable :D To me, it was / is fun to have this feeling that I now have made this vry low tech radio-link work.

If I get tired of the game, and if it get's unstable and so is obstructing the rest that I am doing, I will just insert a "boring" and expensive serial module!

My God Frits,

this sounds almost, dare I say it? "Techie..."

first BOA goes Arty drawing pictures, now your getting geeky, finding all the details on how to make an under-built radio module work!

Well, more power to you .. I'm curious how it will all pan out...

Who know what's next ... Dogs and Cats living together in harmony?

I am playing with the same "serial over distances" issue however, I am using IR instead of RF. It seems I had the same problem of crap data coming out at the begining of a send. Badda-boom-badda-bing, I included the little "warm-up code" to my sends and damn, all is good! I am using the standard picaxe IR set-up (hardware) into a serin and (off of a 2nd chip) I am sending my info via the PWM output (set to 38,000 hz) and a standard output spitting out serout. All is simply good...     --Data in, Data out.
I am king of this, totally :D
You can give me some advice about video over wireless :p 
You have had experience with easy radio, Would they be enough to carry video? 

I have only tried their serial products (Which now is completely overpriced and there is no need to use them compared to these that only cost a few dollars)

For video, have a look at their webpage: http://www.lprs.co.uk/index.php?cPath=24

This I like:

Because with that combination all together, the reciever is left most happy in all states, and the result is 100% rock steady. Like in not a single bit lost in a thousand!

However, I am a bit confused with the qualifier "85". Is this specific to your new system working? Did you graduate in 1985 and just like the number? And why twice? 

Bottom line: Why are you using 85 as a qualifer and why are you qualifying it twice?