I’ve been digging around in the forum trying to figure out if anyone has actually been able to build a working application that uses access point mode and the basic socket networking features together. I’ve run across several discussions, none of which seem to get all the way to, “And it worked!”
Here’s the use case:
My company builds a suite of avionics for the light aircraft market. Several of our products include Particle P1 hardware. The P1 is primarily as a standard microcontroller - it reads sensors and forwards the resulting data to one or more flight computer over RS232 or RS485 depending on the device. We also have the ability to fall back to a Wifi link to the flight computer if the wired link fails. All that works as intended.
We’ve recently had a customer ask if the sensor modules can be reconfigured for use as stand-alone devices that are accessed over Wifi in access point mode. In this case, rather than using the P1’s wifi radio as a backup link to the controller (in client mode), it would be used as an independent network that could be accessed from an app on a mobile device. The P1 would need to create an access point and a basic TCP server to relay the sensor data.
Has anyone ever heard of that working on the Particle platform? I know it’s a bit off topic for the Particle community (we don’t use any of the Particle cloud functions) but I’m hoping to figure out if its worth exploring or not.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts / suggestions / advice.