My Modbus Working Notes

I have developed a few flows for third parties that have mainly involved decoding Modbus data. However I have never used Modbus in a live environment and needed to get familiar with the basics in order to develop and test these flows. Fortunately the people I worked with had a very good understanding of Modbus, but not of node-red, JavaScript and MQTT These are my working notes from my efforts to create these flows and in particular an MQTT to Modbus bridge. If you are new to Modbus you may find them useful.

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Node-Red Initialising Flow Data on Startup

Often you want your flow to start with known conditions. For example you may have a flow that records various sensors and have alarms set when the sensors exceed a given value. As an example you may want to trigger an alarm when the temperature falls below 3 degrees or exceeds 30 degrees Centigrade.

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Using MQTT-Lens- Beginners Guide

MQTT Lens is an add-on for the chrome browser that lets you publish messages to an MQTT broker and subscribe to MQTT topics and receive messages using the chrome web browser. Once installed you access it via the url chrome://apps as shown below:

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MQTTv5 CONNECT and CONNACK Messages -Overview

The MQTT CONNECT and response messages (CONNACK) have been greatly enhanced in MQTTv5 with the addition of the properties field. The properties field allows for a large increase in the information that can be exchanged between client and server on connection establishment compared to MQTT v3.1.1. For example it is now possible to restrict the maximum message size the server will send to the client by telling the server what size the client will accept. The purpose of this tutorial is to provide an overview of the CONNECT message in MQTTv5 and do a quick Comparison with MQTT v3.11.

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Using HTTP APIs For IOT -Beginners Guide

Many of the APIs today are Web API’s designed to access web services like Facebook ,Twitter etc. Because of their widespread use most IOT services (AZURE,AWS,Bluemix)  also support http based APIs. To understand and use an http API you will need a reasonable understanding of the following:

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JSON Basics For Beginners

When sending and receiving data in IOT applications and APIs you will encounter JSON formatted data. Having a good working knowledge of JSON, and how to create and use JSON data will be very important in developing IOT applications.

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