I've bought a module which should communicate via serial RX/TX. The module and code are described here: https://www.dfrobot.com/wiki/index.php/Weather_Station_with_Anemometer/Wind_vane/Rain_bucket_SKU:SEN0186.
I've hooked up everything as described (using an Arduino Nano instead of an Uno, but the rest is the same) and now trying to get things to work. I could not get any decent output. So I decided to switch to a bare-minimum program to read stuff from the serial port in order to see whats going on. I found the following sample: https://gist.github.com/Protoneer/96db95bfb87c3befe46e and implemented this code (only this).
Now what I see is the following:
- With RX/TX connected the wrong way, when I reset the nano, the serial monitor shows me one instance of the string I'm looking for (as described in the module documentation). When connected the right way, the text is not there but that's to be expected as the nano should receive it (and not the serial monitor). This does however prove that the module is actually sending data.
Serial.available seems to evaluate to 0 all the time, indicating there is no data to be read from the serial line.
So why would
Serial.available return 0 even though there seems to be data being sent to serial, as the monitor does show the string I'm looking for with the pins crossed. I have also tried disconnecting the RX line on the module to prevent statements being sent over serial to interfere with the module. The documentation does not state the need to send anything to the module in order to trigger the response. In fact, if you look at the sample code the first interaction with serial (after
Is there anything else I can do from a debug perspective? As you might notice I'm no expert in this stuff.