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Node-RED Guidance TinkerForge Bricklets

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Hi,

 

is there guidance available on how to use the TinkerForge Javascript Bindings in Node-RED.

 

Have tried to define a simple call to an ambilight bricklet in a Node-RED function, but received error 31=timeout.

//var Tinkerforge = require('/usr/lib/node_modules/tinkerforge');
var Tinkerforge = context.global.tinkerforge;
var HOST = '192.168.0.88';
var PORT = 4223;
var UID = 'mdh';
var ipcon = new Tinkerforge.IPConnection();
var al = new Tinkerforge.BrickletAmbientLight(UID, ipcon);
ipcon.connect(HOST, PORT,
    function (error) {
        node.warn('Connect Error: ' + error);
    }
);
ipcon.on(Tinkerforge.IPConnection.CALLBACK_CONNECTED,
    function (connectReason) {
        al.getIlluminance(
            function (illuminance) {
                msg.payload = "{\"Illuminance\":" + illuminance/10.0 + "}";
                node.warn('Illuminance: ' + illuminance/10.0 + ' Lux');
            },
            function (error) {
                msg.payload = "{\"lluminance\":" + error + "}";
                node.warn('Get Error: ' + error);
            }
        );
    }
);
ipcon.disconnect();
return msg;

Note: defined in node-red settings, after installing tinkerforge via npm:

    functionGlobalContext: {
    		tinkerforge:require('/usr/lib/node_modules/tinkerforge')

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Solved by using the MQTT proxy as broker on localhost:1883.

Defined a simple test flow with:

  • Input Node "MQTT In" subscribing to topic "tinkerforge/bricklet/ambient_light/mdh/illuminance"
  • Function Node JSON to convert MQTT string to javascript object
  • Function Node Function to log the payload properties illuminance and _timestamp
  • Debug Node to log the MQTT payload (which is a JSON string)

 

Looks promising to explore further integration of TinkerForge in Node-RED.

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Great and Thanks a lot.

 

Could you pls advice how to install in Node-RED?

Tried npm install node-red-contrib-tinkerforge, but npm can not find the package.

 

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UPDATE

Installed:

$sudo npm install -g tinkerforge

Added to NODE_PATH:

$export NODE_PATH=$NODE_PATH:/usr/local/lib/node_modules

Installed:

$npm install body-parser in the .node-red folder under node_modules

Created folder:

/home/pi/.node-red/node_modules/node-red-contrib-tinkerforge

Copied the lib folder and other files to node-red-contrib-tinkerforge

Started node-red

TinkerForge nodes available

 

COOL

 

Added the ambientlight (v1) sensor by amending lib/bricklets.js, tinkerforge.js & tinkerforge.html.

 

Again Thanks a Lot = Job Well Done

 

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It's not been packaged for npm just yet

 

but you can npm install direct from github with the following:

 

npm install hardillb/node-red-contrib-tinkerforge

 

If you run this in /home/pi/.node-red it will end up in the right place

 

I have only done a Ambient light v2.0 node as that's the only hardware I have available to test. But it should be pretty simple do v1.0 node if somebody can let me know the deviceIdentifier.

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Thanks for the link to the device identifiers.

 

Rather than posting zips of code changes here, a pull request on github would be great so we can track the changes.

 

Thanks

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I have brickd running on a Pi with a Master Brick and Analogue Out v2 connect on port D connected by USB. I am trying to control from Node Red and have installed node-red-contrib-tinkerforge. Brickviewer on the Pi can detect the master and analogue bricklet and can adjust the output correctly, so brickd seems to be working. Node red Analogue out node detects the Analogue node id correctly but does not change the output. The config is localhost:4223 which is the same as Brickviewer on the Pi. Any suggestions would be appreciated

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Hi...i am a new user here. I think you can npm install direct from github with the following:npm install hardillb/node-red-contrib-tinkerforge

If you run this in /home/pi/.node-red it will end up in the right place.I have only done a Ambient light v2.0 node as that's the only hardware I have available to test. But it should be pretty simple do v1.0 node if somebody can let me know the device Identifier.

 

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