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  • I should also mention I ran into an issue with the weather shield onboard temp sensor reporting about 6 or 7 degrees higher than it should after the weather shield warms up from the Redboard mounted below it.

    To fix this I've added an Adafruit MCP9808 precision I2C temp sensor. This allows me to put the Redboard, Weather Shield and XBee Shield in a sealed box. The MCP9808 sensor is in a separate solar shield and connects to the Redboard stack through 18 inch wires. I plan to do the same thing with a humidity sensor.

  • I'm in the process of setting up the Weather Shield with a WeatherRack and discovered the bug mentioned below about windspeedmph always showing 0.0. I believe I have a fix for it. In the main loop:

    float currentSpeed = get_wind_speed();

    windspeedmph = currentSpeed; //add this new statement

    I'm using a Sparkfun RedBoard (DEV-13975) and Sparkfun XBee Shield (WRL-12847) with the Weather Shield, which communicates with a 2nd XBee connected to a Raspberry Pi.

    The Pi logs the weather data to its hard drive and also FTP's it to a host web page.

  • The SNAP Reference Manual listed on Sparkfun for download is version K. I does not contain anything about the RF266PC1. Go to Synapse.com and download the latest SNAP Reference Manual ver. L dated 6-21-2012. It does have 3 pages on the RF266PC1 (pgs. 165-167). Synapse still doesn't have any helper/example scripts specifically for the RF266 in their Portal software, but they are planning on releasing a new version soon. Maybe it will have some scripts for the RF266.

  • The SNAP Reference Manual listed above for download is version K. I does not contain anything about the RF266PC1. Go to Synapse.com and download the latest SNAP Reference Manual ver. L dated 6-21-2012. It does have 3 pages on the RF266PC1 (pgs. 165-167). Synapse still doesn't have any helper/example scripts specifically for the RF266 in their Portal software, but they are planning on releasing a new version soon. Maybe it will have some scripts for the RF266.

  • Just received 2 of these from SparkFun. I want to be able to use them with Synapse Portal but have been unable to erase the AT script that comes pre-installed on them as described in SparkFun's tutorial Synapse SNAP-RF Hints. I tried everything suggested in the tutorial to do a reset about a hundred times but nothing works. I even connected a momentary switch between RST and GND. I am using XBee Explorers WRL-09819 and WRL-08687. Over on the Synapse forum there was some discussion that USB to Serial drivers cause problems like this. It sounds like others have successfully used XBee Explorers, though. I'm waiting to hear back from Synapse support. Anyone have any suggestions or ideas?

    UPDATE: I resolved my problem of not being able to reset and erase my new RF266PC1's but thought I would post this followup in case someone else runs into this issue.

    After several frustrating hours trying to get my 64 bit desktop (Intel Core i7-2600 CPU) computer to recognize the RF266's, I finally dug out my old 32 bit notebook and installed Portal. Using the same SparkFun Explorers and cabling, I was immediately able to reset the RF266's and erase the AT Commands script. Both RF266's can now connect to Portal just fine on the 32 bit notebook.

    I should also say both my 64 bit desktop and 32 bit notebook are running fully updated Windows 7 and using the latest FTDI drivers for the SparkFun (USB - Serial) Explorers. Also using the latest Portal ver 2.4.31.

    Then I connected them back up to my 64 bit desktop expecting them to connect now that the AT Commands script had been erased. Nothing - neither would connect - both timeout.

    The issue seems to be that either Portal can't run on a 64 bit machine with my CPU or FTDI's 64 bit drivers don't work. I did go to FTDI's site and re-install their latest 64 bit driver, although it appeared to be the same one already installed. Didn't help.

    So, it looks like I'm going to be running the RF266's on my old notebook for now.

  • Just received 2 of these from SparkFun. I want to be able to use them with Synapse Portal but have been unable to erase the AT script that comes pre-installed on them as described in SparkFun's tutorial Synapse SNAP-RF Hints. I tried everything suggested in the tutorial to do a reset about a hundred times but nothing works. I even connected a momentary switch between RST and GND. I am using XBee Explorers WRL-09819 and WRL-08687. Over on the Synapse forum there was some discussion that USB to Serial drivers cause problems like this. It sounds like others have successfully used XBee Explorers, though. I'm waiting to hear back from Synapse support. Anyone have any suggestions or ideas?

    UPDATE: I resolved my problem of not being able to reset and erase my new RF266PC1’s but thought I would post this followup in case someone else runs into this issue.

    After several frustrating hours trying to get my 64 bit desktop (Intel Core i7-2600 CPU) computer to recognize the RF266’s, I finally dug out my old 32 bit notebook and installed Portal. Using the same SparkFun Explorers and cabling, I was immediately able to reset the RF266’s and erase the AT Commands script. Both RF266’s can now connect to Portal just fine on the 32 bit notebook.

    I should also say both my 64 bit desktop and 32 bit notebook are running fully updated Windows 7 and using the latest FTDI drivers for the SparkFun (USB – Serial) Explorers. Also using the latest Portal ver 2.4.31.

    Then I connected them back up to my 64 bit desktop expecting them to connect now that the AT Commands script had been erased. Nothing – neither would connect – both timeout.

    The issue seems to be that either Portal can’t run on a 64 bit machine with my CPU or FTDI’s 64 bit drivers don’t work. I did go to FTDI’s site and re-install their latest 64 bit driver, although it appeared to be the same one already installed. Didn’t help.

    So, it looks like I’m going to be running the RF266’s on my old notebook for now.

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