Xenon - PC commuication using BLE or Mesh


#1

I have a Xenon whose sole UART is connected to a sensor. I wish to communicate the data to a PC, wirelessly, and without using WiFi.

What are the possible ways? I prefer not to use UART expanders or additional hardware. Can the Xenon “broadcast” this data and then have it read it by a PC?

I have done this by using “BLE Notify” on an ESP32 board but not sure how this can be done with a Xenon …

Thanks in advance for any input.


#2

No. Not right now. You will have to wait for the device OS firmware to get improved upon over the next year.


#3

You could attach another Xenon to your PC by UART. Then your sensor-attached Xenon would transmit to your PC-attached Xenon by way of mesh.


#4

That is true but this requires first an Argon or Boron to create a mesh? Or may be use an Ethernet Feather with the first Xenon?

I was hoping to do this without additional hardware otherwise a UART expander will do the job as it is OK in my case to switch ports to communicate …


#5

Xenons have two UARTs Serial1 & Serial2 and USB Serial
https://docs.particle.io/reference/device-os/firmware/xenon/#serial

Reading the docs first might help


#6

THANK YOU @ScruffR for this information. Very glad to hear I do not need to wait for the ParticleSoft library or use additional stuff.

I read the information for the Boron and Argon but not the Xenon, so did not see it!


#7

Yup, that’s because the Xenon doesn’t need to communicate with an external radio module.