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SimpleIOThings

Simple Do-It-Yourself Internet-of-Things Projects

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Getting Started (1): Beginner’s Guide to Building IoT Devices

Welcome to SimpleIOThings! This site was built to help average people build cheap and simple Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices. No coding knowledge or electronics soldering is required to build smart home devices that make life safer and easier. Until Now, IoT Devices Were Either Expensive or Hard to Make As a technology enthusiast, I was excited about a…

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What is the Internet of Things?

You might be wondering, what exactly is this Internet-of-Things you keep hearing about? Recent advances in technology mean that small devices like watches, clocks, alarms, TVs, light switches, electrical plugs, (i.e. “things”) can all connect to the internet. Adding connectivity to these Internet of Things (commonly abbreviated as IoT) devices means they can send data continuously to the cloud…

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The Real Netflix & Chill Button

This tutorial will teach you how to build a Wifi Enabled Netflix & Chill Smart Button that sends your viewing partner a text message. It costs about $10 dollars to build, you won’t have to code anything, and you won’t have to solder or buy expensive electronics equipment. Any services you are asked to use will…

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$10 DIY Wifi Door Sensor

This tutorial will teach you how to build a Wifi Door Sensor for about $10 dollars. You won’t have to code anything, and you won’t have to solder or buy expensive electronics equipment. Any services you are asked to use will be 100% free. Its that easy. Lets get started! Some doors are meant to stay closed….

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Getting Started (5): Modding Your Enclosure

One of the final parts of any device building project is modding an enclosure to house your dev board and sensor. Actually, the enclosure is nice to have, but not 100% necessary. You could put this project inside of a soap case or a pencil box, or other common household objects. Just make sure the…

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Getting Started (4): Loading Device Software Via LuaLoader

If you’ve finished the Getting Started: Setup ESP8266 Dev Board tutorial, then your dev board now speaks Lua and its ready to start communicating with the world. Now it just needs specific instructions or programs to be useful for your specific device use case. Lucky for you, I’ve already written the software necessary to get your sensor up…

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$10 DIY Wifi Smoke Alarm Notifier (Roost & Nest Alternative) (Full Tutorial)

This tutorial will teach you how to build a Wifi Smoke Alarm Notifier for about $10 dollars. You won’t have to code anything, and you won’t have to solder or buy expensive electronics equipment. Any services you are asked to use will be 100% free. Its that easy. Lets get started! There’s an old saying, If…

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Getting Started (3): Setup ESP8266 Dev Board

For all projects on SimpleIOThings, you’ll need to setup ESP8266 Dev Boards. The dev board is the most important piece of hardware in our projects because they execute computer programs that power our sensors and connect to the internet. In this “Getting Started” tutorial,  we’re going to teach the dev board to understand a programming…

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Getting Started (2): Setup IFTTT

All of the projects on SimpleIOThings use an internet service called If This Then That (IFTTT). IFTTT executes an action, like sending an SMS or posting a Tweet, when an event takes place. Combinations of events and actions are called recipes, and you can do a lot of cool stuff with IFTTT recipes. For example, I…

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$10 DIY Wifi Smart Button

This tutorial will teach you how to build a Wifi Smart Button for about $10 dollars. You won’t have to code anything, and you won’t have to solder or buy expensive electronics equipment. Any services you are asked to use will be 100% free. Its that easy. Lets get started! Sometimes you just need to…

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