Agri IoT :: Prototype 1 : Gateway

This article is a part of a series that I’m doing based on building a agriculture IoT system.

Objectives ::

Gateway should,

  • Be mobile and compact ( not too many wires )
  • Capable enough to connect to sensor and controller ( RF and Wifi )
  • Have enough mem to expand the code. ( for future needs if any )

Based on the above  NodeMuc was selected which has ESP8266 a wifi chip and a capable microcontroller . Please check out mysensors docuemtation here for other gateway types.

Components ::

  • NodeMuc ESP8266
  • NRF24L01+
  • Micro usb cable.



Connect NodeMuc and NRF24L01+ as described here.

NodeMCU Radio

Completed setup would look like below. I’m using micro USB cable to power the gateway.


Install esp8266 board support on your Arduino IDE . Tools >> Board >> Board Manager is where you can install it. Once installed select NodeMuc board with Tools >> Board

The example mysensor GatewayESP8266MQTTClient code  ( You can find the same also on Examples >> Mysensor >> GatewayESP8266MQTTClient ) can be used with minor changes to program Gateway. Please change the below parts in the code according to your environment.

// Set WIFI SSID and password
#define MY_ESP8266_SSID "MySSID"
#define MY_ESP8266_PASSWORD "MyVerySecretPassword"

// Enable MY_IP_ADDRESS here if you want a static ip address (no DHCP)
#define MY_IP_ADDRESS 192,168,178,87

// If using static ip you need to define Gateway and Subnet address as well
#define MY_IP_GATEWAY_ADDRESS 192,168,178,1
#define MY_IP_SUBNET_ADDRESS 255,255,255,0
// MQTT broker ip address.
#define MY_CONTROLLER_IP_ADDRESS 192, 168, 178, 68

Testing & Troubleshooting::

Use Arduino IDE serial monitor and set the baud rate to 9600 . You can find gateway related debug output there, you’ll find sensor radio messages also if you have followed the sensor setup part.

Agri IoT :: Prototype 1 : Controller

This article is a part of a series that I’m doing based on building a agriculture IoT system. With prototype 1 intention is to build a minimal system with basic components.

Prototype 1 is covered in below articles,

  1. Agri IoT :: Prototype 1 : Overview
  2. Agri IoT :: Prototype 1 : Sensor
  3. Agri IoT :: Prototype 1 : Gateway
  4. Agri IoT :: Prototype 1 : Controller

Objectives ::

Controller should,

  • Be manageable with web/gui interface.
  • Open in nature ( for custom modifications )
  • Compatible to multiple Hardware gw/sensors ( no vendor lock in )
  • Cost effective
  • Should work without internet

Based on these OpenHab2 was selected.


  • PC running Debian Jessie


OpenHab2:  is a vendor neutral opensource solution  that can be used as a intranet of things controller


  • Java

Check and make sure java version installed is 1.8 or greater.

# sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
# sudo add-apt-repository "deb xenial main"
# apt-get update
# install oracle-java8-installer
# java -version
  • Openhab
 # wget -qO - '' | sudo apt-key add -
 # echo 'deb stable main' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/openhab2.list
 # apt-get update
 # apt-get install openhab2
  • Install mqtt binding

Access http://<controller_ip>:8080/ and select Standard which is the recommended setup
After installation access http://<controller_ip>:8080/paperui/index.html#/extensions under Bindings >> MQTT Binding >> Intall

Make sure the installation got completed by loging to Apache karaf

ssh openhab@localhost -p 8101
Default pass : habopen
openhab> log:tail

Mosquitto : Light weight MQTT broker ideal for IoT setups

# wget
# apt-key add mosquitto-repo.gpg.key
# cd /etc/apt/sources.list.d/
# wget
# apt-get update
# apt-get install mosquitto mosquitto-clients


Edit /etc/openhab2/services/mqtt.cfg and add below lines to it to allow openhab2 connect to the mqtt broker mosquitto


Edit /etc/openhab2/sitemaps/agri.sitemap and add below lines to it

sitemap demo label="Main Menu"
Frame label="MQTT" {
Text item=Agri_moisture

Edit /etc/openhab2/items/agri.items and add below lines to it

Group All
Number Agri_moisture "Moisture [%.1f ]" <moisture> {mqtt="<[broker:mygateway1-out/1/1/1/0/37:state:default]"}


View the sensor output on http://<controller_ip>:8080/basicui/app?sitemap=agri

Testing & Troubleshooting::

Find the logs for openhab2 and mosquito  in the below locations,