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#70 Virtual Wiring 1.7.1 Released

Posted by kimba on 19 February 2015 - 11:01 PM

We've just released the latest version of Virtual Wiring.  It's essentially the 1.7.0 release, but it's been tweaked to work well with the Raspbian Epiphany browser (as well as all the other popular browsers).  You'll find that Epiphany running on a Raspberry Pi 2 is a pretty nice experience.  And Virtual Wiring runs well, too.

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#69 Website Has New Look

Posted by kimba on 16 February 2015 - 01:02 AM

We've taken your feedback and improved the look and feel of the catalinacomputing.com website.  You'll find the menu picks are more interactive, a new search bar, and a better layout.  All this while preserving the website content.

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#11 New Z-Wave Software Release with Documentation

Posted by kimba on 12 January 2014 - 06:38 PM

We've just released new software: release v1.2.  It has our latest Z-Wave Devices.  It also

has many small improvements, so we recommend using this software for all applications.


The catalinacomputing.com website has new Z-Wave documentation in the Devices area documenting

the new Z-Wave Devices.


Happy wiring!

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#27 Projects and How Tos Pages

Posted by kimba on 04 June 2014 - 05:20 PM

We've added a Projects page (http://www.catalinac...ojects/Projects) and a How Tos page (http://www.catalinacomputing.com/docs/HowTos/HowTos).  We'll be adding some interesting real projects to the Projects page.  There's already a low cost alarm system project there now.


If you are installing Virtual Wiring on a Raspberry Pi, we've now got a How To for doing that.


Happy wiring.

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#55 1.6.0 Software Release - New Devices and a Bot Project

Posted by kimba on 15 October 2014 - 02:59 PM

We've just released the next version of Virtual Wiring.  We've added new devices - temperature/humidity sensors, barometer/height sensors, and motor control shields (for Arduinos).


We've also added a new project using Omniwheels (see http://www.catalinac...wheelBotProject).  It's a bot that can go forward, backward, sideways, or any other direction - without turning.


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#68 1.7.0 Software Release - INSTEON Device Support

Posted by kimba on 07 January 2015 - 02:46 AM

In this next version of Virtual Wiring software, we've added support for INSTEON devices.


INSTEON is similar to X10, because it can send messages over power wiring.  But's faster, it's bidirectional, and it also sends messages wirelessly.  In this release, we support INSTEON power switches, dimmers, open/close sensors, lightbulbs, and keypad controllers.


We've also added support for HomeSeer's HSM200, a Z-Wave sensor which plugs into an outlet and senses light, motion, and temperature.  It's also got a controllable multi-color LED.

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#19 1.4.0 Software Release - New Devices

Posted by kimba on 10 April 2014 - 07:19 PM

We've added a timer which knows when the sun rises and sets (TimerSunInterval).  We've added a new a set of USB devices (IOR4, IO8, TempG) made by DLP Design (dlpdesign.com) for doing general purpose I/O.  We've made lots of small enhancements to make your job easier.


Happy Wiring!

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#97 New Store Monitoring Project

Posted by kimba on 08 June 2015 - 12:36 PM

We've just added a new project to our Projects area.  It uses a Raspberry Pi computer and a DLP-IO8 to monitor up to 5 freezer temperatures, possible basement wetness, and whether there's a power failure. And there's room for adding additional sensors as well.


It has the standard Virtual Wiring web interface, and it also sends and receives text and email messages.  See http://www.catalinac...nitoringProject.

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#7 Welcome

Posted by kimba on 03 December 2013 - 04:26 PM

Welcome to Catalina Computing's Virtual Wiring forum.  If you've got a Virtual Wiring project in mind, this forum may help you along.  Look around for ideas, learn, ask questions, and tell us what you are up to.


Hope you have many fun and successful projects,

Catalina Computing


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#65 Virtual Wiring App

Posted by brett on 22 December 2014 - 01:22 AM

I'm looking into creating my own app for talking to my Virtual Wiring system.  I'd like to be able to change values in the system (like I do using the Device Explorer page), and perhaps read values from the system to update buttons or status in the app.  What's the best way to go about this?

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#60 Accumulation Timer

Posted by brett on 08 December 2014 - 02:03 AM

I'm interested in monitoring the run time of my furnace.  I can easily bring in a signal which goes on and off with the furnace.  I'd like to have a way of accumulating the run time of the furnace.


I could set up an Oscillator, And its output with an oscillator, and run the output to an Event Counter.  The count output of the Event Counter could represent the accumulated on time.  This seems a bit crude.  Is there a better way?

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#58 Sun Interval Timer Running Strangely

Posted by rtveg on 03 December 2014 - 02:07 PM

I've got a Raspberry Pi based system and I'm creating a sun interval timer.  I've run the TimerSunInterval script and when I go to the device explorer page, I see the device.  I can see the output turn on and off, but the times aren't correct.


Here is the command line version for how I'm building the timer (I've changed the longitude and latitude to 0 for privacy reasons):


run_script("Scripts/Device/Virtual/TimerSunInterval", days:"", id:"sun_timer", intervals:"5:00 to sunrise + 10*60, sunset + 10*60 to 23:00", latitude:0, longitude:0, weekdays:"")


Why isn't the timer working properly?

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#106 Virtual Wiring 1.9.0 Released

Posted by kimba on 05 January 2016 - 10:51 PM

We've added support for INSTEON motion detectors (good for alarm systems) and Rugged Mega Arduinos (great for really big home automation controllers).  Enjoy!

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#39 Arduino's via USB hub

Posted by neilstreet6036 on 22 August 2014 - 03:47 PM



I have 4 arduino mega's running through a usb hub. When i try and add them through the add arduino script, it returns a 'cannot communicate with device' error.


If i plug only one arduino into the hub at any time i can communicate with each.


Each has its own tty device assinged on the raspberry. pi


Any ideas please?





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#12 New Software Release with Enhanced State Machines

Posted by kimba on 17 January 2014 - 03:17 AM

With this release, you can now write your State Machines in the popular YAML (YAML Ain't Markup) Language.  We've also updated the website with YAML examples.


Happy wiring.

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#110 Virtual Wiring 1.10.0 Release - Smartphone App Support

Posted by kimba on 23 December 2016 - 01:58 PM

We've updated our website with the 1.10.0 release and documentation.  Take a look at our Blynk Devices documentation to see how to use the Blynk smartphone application to control and monitor your Virtual Wiring system.

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#101 Virtual Wiring 1.8.1 Released

Posted by kimba on 07 August 2015 - 05:21 PM

We've added additional memory management for those of you who are using Virtual Wiring on small systems (e.g. Arduino YĂșns).  This version will keep Virtual Wiring's memory footprint smaller, freeing up more of your host system's memory.

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#99 Virtual Wiring 1.8.0 Released

Posted by kimba on 14 July 2015 - 11:47 PM

We've released the next version of Virtual Wiring.  It supports an RTD shield for RT100 temperature measurement and an RGB (red-green-blue) backlighted LCD display from Seeed.

We've also make some improvements useful when creating and deleting Scripts.

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#28 New Home Automation Project

Posted by kimba on 20 June 2014 - 05:37 PM

We've added a new project about home automation.  It documents a working system, and there's a feature article about it in the July/August 2014 edition of "Raspberry Pi Geek" magazine (available electronically and at Barnes and Noble bookstores).  The project has documentation, photographs, complete schematics, and all the Scripts.  It's available here:





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#108 Virtual Wiring Graphing Application Released

Posted by kimba on 14 March 2016 - 04:58 PM

Now you can graph your Virtual Wiring systems.  Run this application on an *nix server, and you get a web server of Virtual Wiring graphs.  You can graph values from any Virtual Wring application accessible from your graphing server's network, and you also can graph values from different Virtual Wiring Applications simultaneously!


For details see:



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