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Last update:
Mar 2020 (69)

    

OnTheWire
- freeware -

Introduction
OnTheWire will find temperature sensors on a 1-Wire network, and read/display their temperature values. It will recognize and work with DS18B20, DS18S20, and DS1822 temperature sensors. 

OnTheWire connects to a 1-Wire network through a 1-Wire Adapter. A 1-Wire hardware adapter provides the serial communication interface (with appropriate timings) between a computer and the 1-Wire network. This interface can be straight serial, usb-to-serial, or usb. 

Where the K145, K190, and the VK011 hardware connect individual sensors to individual microcontroller pins, the 1-Wire Adapter connects multiple devices (in this case temperature sensors) all on one line/wire. How many sensors can be connected depends largely on network topology and cable lengths.  OnTheWire will read all sensors connected, but will log up to 15 sensors max.
   


     Showing computer connection to Adapter to 1-wire sensors

Hardware Compatibility
At this writing, OnTheWire has been successfully tested with the 
  - Denkovi USB-to-1-Wire Adapter, and the 
      (https://denkovi.com/usb-to-one-wire-interface-adaptor-converter-thermometer
      The Denkovi Adapter uses a terminal block connection for the sensors.
  - iButtonLink LinkUSB USB-to-1-Wire Adapter.
      (https://www.ibuttonlink.com/products/linkusb-screw-terminal
      The LinkUSB is available with terminal block or RJ45 connection.
These Adapters use or emulate the Dallas/Maxim DS2480B adapter chip. 

Other commercially available Adapters based on the DS9097U (serial) or DS9097R (usb) adapter chips may connect as well. There is also a serial adapter circuit floating around the ‘net that uses discrete components. In early proof-of-concept testing, a user reported that he was able to connect using this adapter. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get any further details, about how/what he did to achieve this.
 

 
Screenshots
frmmain.jpg (98321 bytes)
Main window

frmbuff w-log.jpg (125474 bytes)
Buffer window

frmlog.jpg (166393 bytes)
Log window

frmstitch-full.jpg (281358 bytes)  
Log Stitcher

    
   
A simple collection bus  
My preference is to use wire connections (as opposed to RJ45), so this was built with terminal blocks on strip board.
CollectBus_1409.jpg (70153 bytes)
test bus2.jpg (14499 bytes)

   
System Requirements

  - Win7/8/10 - 32 or 64bit (maybe works on Vista or XP, but not supported there)
  - approx. 8.5 MB of drive space, incl. Help file
  - an available usb or serial port (depends on the Adapter used)

You can download the files here.

  
Change Log


Mar 19/20 v1.0.2 (24)
  - empty temperature fields are now removed when Log is saved to file. 
  - added "Stitcher" utility. The Log Stitcher will combine individual 
     daily log files into to one whole log file. 
  - Help file partially updated

Jan 29/20 v1.0.1 (22)
  - added option to export Sensor list to text file
  - Buffer window is automatically cleared every few hours, 
     to improve resource usage.
  - Help file partially updated.

Jan 17/20 v0.9.9 (Beta) (19)
  - added option to autosave the temperature Log
      (saves every 24hr pre Midnight, then clears existing log data)
  - added option to add a comment to temperature Log
  - unused Log columns are now hidden

Jan 10/20  v0.9.5 (Beta)
  - Buffer window now collects readings for all sensors connected
  - some visual changes to the Buffer window
  - Help file partially updated

Jan 08/20  v0.9.1 (Beta)
  First release 

 

 

 

  

  

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