Post by DodgeDerek on Jul 15, 2019 19:15:14 GMT -8
Hello all. I purchased the SkyWeather kit from the Kickstarter project and then picked up the WXLink Solar kit as well. I was able to successfully get the base SkyWeather kit up and functioning, but haven't been able to get the WXLink module to be recognized from the base unit. In both the testWXLink.py and when running SkyWeather.py via ssh, I continue to see:
WXLink Not Found
I have tried multiple cables and both WXLink modules connected to the base without success. I have confirmed that it is plugged into the Grove Serial Port on base module.
What are my next troubleshooting measures I should look into?
Can you look at the serial output on the Arduino inside the WXLink? Let's check to see if it is running and transmitting the signals.
Also, move the antennas apart by at least a meter or so. Overmodulation will kill the signal.
BTW, you bought the SkyWeather Solar Link? The standard WXLink needs to be wired differently to work with SkyWeather.
Basically, on SkyWeather, you plug the Serial LoRa board directly into the Serial port on the Pi2Grover board bypassing the RX Arduino. We figured out how to do that recently. More reliable than the I2C read. You can look at the directions for the SkyWeather Solar WXLink here:
Post by DodgeDerek on Jul 16, 2019 13:13:44 GMT -8
I purchased the SkyWeather Solar WXLink Extender Kit and the Serial LoRa board is plugged into the Serial port on the PI2Grover board. It seems like the main board doesn't even recognize that the LoRa board is plugged into it at all. Neither the testWXLink.py script or the main SkyWeather.py program recognize that it is there at all much less attempting to connect to anything. Running the main program sees no difference with the board plugged in or not even though the documentation says it should autodetect and work differently?
Post by DodgeDerek on Jul 16, 2019 13:54:32 GMT -8
I've already swapped the LoRa boards a couple of times and tried it with different cables as well. I'm using an older Raspberry Pi 3, would that have any effect?
You mentioned checking the Arduino output? I'm assuming that would let me see if the LoRa board is functioning from the transmitter side of things. Are there any other instructions available for that troubleshooting step?
I'm not having any success connecting to the Pro Mini board either for some reason to examine serial activity. I've tried a couple of different computers and non of them recognize it at all. It powers up and I've tried multiple USB cords so that effort is still ongoing as well.
Post by DodgeDerek on Jul 18, 2019 20:51:51 GMT -8
Okay, so I picked up a new Raspberry Pi 3 B+ and set it up with the system and of course it picked up the WXLink board right away. I had been using an older 3 so I don't know if that would cause any issues.
I haven't been able to complete testing as I currently have everything set up down in my basement work area and things are probably too close as well as I am in the midst of some 3D printing. Hopefully tomorrow I can get things set up in a quieter place with some space between the parts.
Thanks for your help so far and I'll post once I get the next round of tests done.
Hello, I bought the same kit as DodgeDerek and it seems I am having a similar problem: WXLink Not Found
I just received the two 330mA solar panels and a 3.7 V, 4000mA battery yesterday. Today, after leaving the remote boards connected to the panels and battery in the sun all morning, I turned on the SunAirPlus board but no new LEDs lit up only the red LED that lights when the panels receive sunlight and are charging. The base SkyWeather kit seems to be OK but when I run testWXLink.py I get WXLink Not Found
I tested the battery and it has 3.85 V. When I turn on the switch on top of the SunAirPlus Board, no LEDs come on. I have RPI 3B+ that I bought on September 2018.
Yes, I am aware that the photo had the switch on OFF, but I ran the tests with the switch ON. I just tested the battery terminals on the board with the switch ON and the solar panels in the sunshine and I had 3.85 V.
With the switch ON, the solar panels terminal on the board measured 6.30 V when in sunshine and 0 V in the shade.
I tried to measure the 5 V output at the USB connector but I didn't know where to measure, but in any case, I couldn't find any voltage on the board no matter where I tested besides the solar panels connection and the battery connection.
I am attaching a photo of where the LoRa radio board is plugged into the SkyWeather kit.