I'm noob to Arduino and electronics, but here is a problem from life which I need to solve for myself:
We grow strawberries and early spring freezes can take most of the flowers from the plants. One way to protect this is to have some kind of heating in solar houses, but if you grow outside, your best option is to watering the flowers on the crops when the freezing comes.
I want to deploy at least 3-4 temperature sensors, which are placed at every parts of the land, which will send the data for an Arduino which will turn on the pump with a relay (for this part I also want to use a pre-built relay solution with socket plugs already built, I don't want to mess around with high electricity myself).
For a cable solution (like catKIT system) I need at least 100m cable for the farest part of the land, which can be managable, but later on, scaling the land lots of cables everywhere can be a problem.
So the best solution would be if every temperature sensor is a standalone station, data transmitted by wireless to the main Arduino which is triggering the pump. This way there will be lass cables on the land, less change to cable break by tractor, etc.
Also, with a wireless system, I don't have to deal with signal loss over the cable, just only wireless signal loss. Is it possible to correct this by middle wireless signal transmitter stations? Or even better, all of them connected to each other!?
Like if the farest sensor reading Celsius 0.8, middle sensor reading Celsius 1.2. Middle sensor have a variable to also consider any reading from the farest sensor, which is reading 0.8. If that reading under Celsius 1, than don't bother his own output, send 0.8 to the main Arduino which is triggering the pump.
These station's power input still need to be solved, but maybe solar panels can be an option? However I have a clue that night they will not work, most of them freezing comes at night.
I saw wireless shields for arduino which offering even a km range in ideal conditions. But how degrading when the conditions are not ideal, like a house wall, rain, fog, snow?
Is it possible to feed multiple wireless inputs too one arduino? 3-4-10-20 standalone stations which transmitting temperature reads for the main arduino. If one of them sends lower temperature than +1 Celsius, than the pump will be turned on. Is it possible to solve this?
Thank You for your answers!