If you want to load new software onto a Sonoff, you can use jumper wires to link a USB-to-Serial adapter to the programming header of the Sonoff. However, it’s easy to make a mistake, and loose jumper wires can be really annoying.
This cool little programming adapter simply plugs into a common FTDI-type header, and then plugs into your Sonoff.
No more jumper wires. No more looking up the pinout every time you have to connect them!
This little adapter is going to be featured in the next episode of SuperHouse, which will show how to put any Sonoff model (even new ones that haven’t been released yet) into programming mode.
I’ve had the Husqvarna Automower for just a few weeks, but we’re already seeing the benefits! The area maintained by the Automower always looks neat, while the area outside the boundary wire turns into a miniature jungle within a few days of being mowed.
One of the little time-saving tricks I use in my home automation system is setting the Ethernet MAC address automatically on each device. This saves having to set the address manually in the sketch of every device.
I’ve written it up in a tutorial on the Freetronics site: