Ok, this might be a round about way to do something, but I really wanted to experiment with MQTT and Azure Event Hubs. I wrote a bridge that would bridge data between several MQTT brokers and then queue that data up on an Azure Event Hub. These MQTT brokers are fed by data from several ESP8266 boards reporting different environmental conditions (temperature, etc).
After I got the MQTT to Azure Event Hub bridge done, I then found Adafruit’s io.adafruit.com dashboarding service (http://io.adafruit.com). It is pretty cool. So, what I then wanted to do is write a bridge between my Azure Event Hub to Adafruit to show data on a dashboard.
1. Creating my MQTT listener to bridge data to Azure
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We have a few videos that we have recently published here:
We have several examples on how to setup our SOAP based API in Visual Studio. As well as some basic calls that will help you get started.
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Below are some simple plans on how we build our tower structures for our back-yard hydroponics. We have 2 of these. This is the smaller one.
- The structure is constructed of 2×4 lumber
- It uses a 6′ fence post for hanging the towers from
- We also are using a plastic tub (purchased from Target) for the water reservoir
- The towers drain into a vinyl rain gutter which has a downspout in the middle, over the reservoir
- We are using 2” flexible tubing that carries the water pushed from the pump, up the structure and is then zip-tied under the length of the 6’ fence post. Note, you will need to make sure that the end (not attached to the pump) is crimped closed Link to tubing on Amazon
- Use an ice pick to poke a hole in the ½” tubing to where you want your ¼” tube to drip down into your towers