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nRF52 Development using Visual Studio Code [macOS]

By Mohammad Afaneh | September 18, 2019 |
VS Code + nRF52

Introduction When it comes to IDEs and advanced text editors we, developers, have so many choices… probably too many! But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Having these many choices can be overwhelming, and if you’re a tools geek like me, you end up spending hours and hours just exploring and trying out new tools ūü§¶ But once in a while, you come across a tool that you end up liking so much that you’re happy spending these hours learning it ūüėČand for me, Visual Studio Code has become one of those tools. In the past, I’ve published posts about how to set up nRF52 development for Netbeans and Segger Embedded Studio. Today, I will be walking you through a similar tutorial for setting up…

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Prototyping BLE apps on the nRF52840 USB Dongle (Part B)

By Mohammad Afaneh | February 11, 2019 |

As a continuation of last week’s tutorial (Prototyping BLE apps on the nRF52840 USB Dongle (Part A)), where we covered the following: Adding header rows to the USB dongle Mounting it on a breadboard Connecting an external LED and an external push button to the dongle Reuse and modify a Nordic template BLE peripheral example to assign the correct pins to the external LED and button Flashing the USB dongle with the firmware (via the Programmer app part of nRF Connect for the desktop) If you haven’t gone through last week’s tutorial, I highly encourage you to do so before continuing with this post (you can read it here). In today’s tutorial, we will get to do some of the more fun stuff! We’ll go…

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Prototyping BLE apps on the nRF52840 USB Dongle (Part A)

By Mohammad Afaneh | February 4, 2019 |
Prototyping with the nRF52840 USB Dongle Part A

In the previous post (The nRF52840 USB Dongle Tutorial (Part 1)), we explored how to use the new nRF52840 USB Dongle to¬†enable nRF Connect PC applications such as the¬†Bluetooth Low Energy application¬†(central and peripheral emulator), the¬†nRF Cloud Gateway application, and the¬†RSSI Viewer application. More importantly, we also talked about how the dongle can be used as a development kit (similar to the main nRF52840 development kit). The low price and small size of this dongle make it perfect for prototyping projects that require devices in a small form factor (e.g. large-scale Bluetooth mesh deployments). However, the dongle also has a few disadvantages compared to the fully-featured nRF52840 development kit. Advantages More compact and much smaller in size Plugs directly into and powers from a USB…

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The nRF52840 USB Dongle Tutorial (Part 1)

By Mohammad Afaneh | October 29, 2018 |
nRF Connect + nRF52840 USB Dongle

When it comes to Bluetooth Low Energy modules, chipsets and development kits, prices are only getting lower. Take for example the new nRF52840 USB dongle. The dongle costs only $10 and¬†can serve as a great development kit with a few I/O peripherals including one button, two LEDs (one green, one RGB), and 15 GPIO pins. The nRF52840 dongle is a compact USB dongle that’s based on the nRF52840 chipset from Nordic Semiconductor. The dongle can be used in two main use cases: As a dongle that enables nRF Connect PC applications such as the Bluetooth Low Energy application (central and peripheral emulator), the nRF Cloud Gateway application, and the RSSI Viewer application. As a development kit that can run your own custom applications or the…

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The Ultimate Bluetooth Mesh Tutorial (Part 7)

By Mohammad Afaneh | October 15, 2018 |

In today’s tutorial: We’ll first take a step back and talk a little bit about interoperability and compatibility in Bluetooth mesh. Then, we’ll go through a demo of setting up a mesh network that includes a mix of off-the-shelf devices. Finally, we’ll go through the source code step-by-step and the changes needed to implement the functionality for this demo. Compatibility¬†and Interoperability The power of having a standard like Bluetooth mesh that a certified device must comply to is: The ability to add devices from different manufacturers to any mesh network. The ability within the network for devices to interact with others that implement a common functionality in an almost seamless manner. This gives both manufacturers and consumers great flexibility in three main aspects: Choosing the…

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