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2019-01-17 at 02:11 #2443Jorge D. BentherGuest
I built the dropControllerBT and I am attempting to connect it via Bluetooth, using Windows 10 Enterprise. But, no success so far.
I searched for the device on “Bluetooth & other devices” in Windows and I was able to find HC-06, then paired it. However, there is no option that I could see to connect it, as per instructed on Guide: “Connecting the dropController to a PC via Bluetooth” – “Connect Bluetooth SerialPort”. It is worth mentioning that I do not have BlueSoleil installed. Is this a requirement?
Anyway, I tried to connect with DropControllerPC V126.96.36.199 on the COM port that is identified for the HC-06, but there was a message “ERROR! Cannot connect to the dropController”, even though the light on the Bluetooth board stopped blinking.
I do not know what else to do. I hope to hear from you soon.
2019-01-17 at 02:58 #2444Jorge D. BentherGuest
Additionally, I have just plugged the USB cable and Windows has recognized it USB-SERIAL CH340 (COM5), but when I try to connect using Windows APP dropControllerPC v188.8.131.52 the ERROR! Cannot connect to the dropController message pops up again, unfortunately.
2019-01-19 at 10:48 #2449MartynKeymaster
Connection is a two stage process:
1 – app connects to the Bluetooth module
2 – the app connects to the dropController sketch.
If you are connecting to the BT module this I suspect the issue is with the connection between the Arduino and the BT module. Double check the connections; RX is pin 14 and TX is pin 15.
SoftwareSerial BTserial(14, 15); // RX, TX
I remember having this listed incorrectly in the past.
2019-01-19 at 10:40 #2445MartynGuest
Make sure you are using version 2 of the sketch and app. These are the ones listed on the download page.
dropControllerBT&PC Arduino Sketch version 184.108.40.206.
DropController Windows app. Version 220.127.116.11
Using a USB connection try the following.
1 – welcome message
2 – handshake message
1 – connect the dropController/Arduino to the PC and determine the COM port
2 – open the Arduino IDE
3 – open the serial monitor and select the dropController COM port
4 – in the serial monitor set the baud rate to 9600 + Both NL +CR
5 – reset the Arduino (or close and reopen the serial monitor)
you should get the welcome message saying the firmware version and the date it was uploaded.
1 – continue from above
2 – in the serial monitor enter <HELLO> and click send.
You should get a H reply.
3 – enter <VERSION> and click send
You should get the firmware version again.
The above will confirm you have a working connection.
If this works try the same using the Bluetooth connection. As you know, once you have paired a Classic BT module you get a COM port. Select this port when trying the above.
For Bluetooth the handshake reply is HELLO not H
Edit: sometimes, it take 2 tries for the Windows app to connect.
2019-01-20 at 23:28 #2456Jorge D. BentherGuest
First of all, thank you for your reply. I am trying the steps you wrote.
I am using Arduino Genuino 1.8.8.
So far, I didnt get the welcome message: “you should get the welcome message saying the firmware version and the date it was uploaded.” after connecting according to your instruction. Nor the commands <HELLO> and <VERSION> are working for USB. But, only <VERSION> is working when I try the BT com port (it shows <V,009c,dropControllerBT_PC_009c.ino,Aug 26 2017>).
I can get the board info with USB (BN: Unknown board/VID:1A86/PID: 7523/SN: Upload any sketch to obtain it). I cant with BT.
I need to add that I am dealing with the older board version with connections for 3 valves and 2 cameras only.
I am not sure, but do you think it can be a problem during PORT COM recognition?
USB-SERIAL CH340 (COM3) for USB properties PORT SETTINGS are: Bits per second: 9600; Data bits: 8; Parity: None; Stop bits: 1; and Flow control: None.
2019-01-23 at 22:49 #2460Jorge D. BentherGuest
Great news! I was able to connect with USB cable, since I downloaded the old version of PC app and sketch from http://www.dropcontroller.com website.
Now, I just need to figure how to fix the Bluetooth connection problem.