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Controlling a Lamp from the Internet with Digi Remote Manager

2) Assemble the Parts

To connect a lamp to the internet via Digi Remote Manager, you’ll need:

  • 2 Digi XBee 802.15.4 Radios
  • Access to a web server with PHP – There are many inexpensive web hosting plans out there and even the cheapest ones are usually PHP-enabled. Your internet service provider may even offer hosting service. If you’re only interested in controlling your lamp from your local network, you can setup a computer with a web server to host the script.
  • A Digi Remote Manager account – it’s free!
  • PowerSwitch Tail II – You can use the previous version if it’s all you have, but it will require more circuitry to actuate the relay.
  • Hookup wire – We’ll be using a spool of two conductor wire to connect the PowerSwitch Tail to our circuit.
  • Small, flat-head screwdriver
  • Breadboard
  • Jumper cables
  • XBee Breakout Board – for your circuit.
  • XBee Explorer USB – for programming your radios and for the Digi XBee Internet Gateway
  • USB A to Mini-B Cable.
  • A DC power source, 2.8 – 3.3V – For this build, we’ll be using two C batteries in a battery holder from Radio Shack. You’ll probably want to find a plug-in DC power source so that you can leave it plugged in and powered on.
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