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ESP8266 Home Automation Projects

By : Catalin Batrinu, Constantin Tambrea
Book Image

ESP8266 Home Automation Projects

By: Catalin Batrinu, Constantin Tambrea

Overview of this book

The ESP8266 is a low-cost yet powerful Wi-Fi chip that is becoming more popular at an alarming rate, and people have adopted it to create interesting projects. With this book, you will learn to create and program home automation projects using the ESP8266 Wi-Fi chip. You will learn how to build a thermostat to measure and adjust the temperature accordingly and how to build a security system using the ESP8266. Furthermore, you will design a complete home automation system from sensor to your own cloud. You will touch base on data monitoring, controlling appliances, and security aspects. By the end of the book, you will understand how to completely control and monitor your home from the cloud and from a mobile application. You will be familiar with the capabilities of the ESP8266 and will have successfully designed a complete ready-to-sell home automated system.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback
Building a Home Thermostat with the ESP8266
Using ESP8266 to Build a Security System

Installing Docker and using containers

A container image is a lightweight, standalone, executable package of a piece of software that includes everything needed to run it: code, runtime, system tools, system libraries, and settings. In this way you don't need to install lots of libraries and software, you can use an existing image and start a container from it.

We will use a container with Ionic and Android SDK that will allow you to develop and test a mobile application. At the end, you will have an APK file that needs to be signed using Google Play Console and after that you can roll it out to millions of people.

In the same Ubuntu 16.04 in the Virtual Box used before, we will install and configure Docker:

  1. Install the GPG key in your system:
curl -fsSL | sudo apt-key
    add -
  1. Add a Docker repository to APT sources:
sudo add-apt-repository "deb [arch=amd64]
    $(lsb_release -cs) stable"
  1. Update the package database...