I have a broad question here pertaining to two main subjects I guess. I have a project that the photon hopefully could be used for. The idea is to monitor some variables at locations not within my wifi range, but rather miles away. I have found some good info pertaining to the way you code it for use without cloud connectivity or wifi recognition. The thing is there may be wifi near the device. Although it may not be close enough for stable connection, or it may not be there at all in some cases. In all cases I would like to set up the photon and its sensors, leave it running at the more “remote” location, then monitor it from home or on the go. I guess the question is how do I transmit data without wifi? Is there an Ethernet shield I can rout it through, some network connectivity box, or am I just asking how to run without legs? The other part here is even if I do have wifi at the location, can I just flash the device at my home location, then bring it out there , power it up, tap into the wifi there for data transmission without having to go through a set-up for say? A good way to describe this question may be this; If I sent a device that had been flashed with my code to someone in the field and told them to install it and the sensors, then plug it in to usb or something, how can I then make it as little work as possible for that person to connect it for data transmission to XYZ display server? I imagine the Electron may be a better fit for this remote transmission idea, but for now I have some photons and want to see where I can get, then if necessary fork out the money to try that.
That leads to the second question, what is your favorite system for displaying data. Like udibots and other wed based sites for access anywhere. For example I would like temp sensors and a pressure sensor (4-20 ma transducer) to have a nice display that I can uniquely call out in relation to the location of that device. Even better if I could layover the readouts onto a picture or map where the device is located, but that it just a luxury side idea.
I just want to gauge the practicality of an idea before I dive in head first. I’m lacking on the knowledge of the details about photon connectivity and code, so let me know if I need to be more descriptive on anything.