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Meshtastic Overview

Some notes on our experiments with the Meshtastic Project.

Check out their beginner's guide, and their discussion forum, and watch Andreas Spiess' review of the project:

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Heltec Boards

Picked up some Heltec WiFi LoRa 32 V2 boards -- one of the official ports of the Meshtastic project. Was very easy to get up and running. Did a quick test by controlling one of the devices (taped in my home window) via a Python script on a PC (using the Meshtastic-python API), and using it to send out pings every 10 seconds to the network; meanwhile I drove around the neighborhood with the other device connected to my Android phone via Bluetooth.

Here's a nice description of the Heltec pinout.

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sender_code
sending
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Quahog

Got Meshtastic up and running on a Quahog -- a relatively easy-to-assemble ESP32 + RFM9X design. Just required modifying the 'heltec' LoRa radio GPIO settings in configuration.h in the source code and compiling using Platform.io, as per suggestions on the Meshtastic discourse forum.

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Meshtastic running on a Quahog.
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First message received on the Quahog.