Smart Shutter | Setting up a BlueSMiRF with Software Serial and Arduino

I was recently accepted into a beta test for MIT dealing with a prototype Arduino board and their website. I’ll create a final post showcasing the completed project, but for step by step updates check out their website here, and my personal project page here. Now on to the tutorial.


I always reset my module after I dust it off for use, jussttt in case:

Because I know I’ll need to do this again, I’ve decided to take the time writing a post explaining how to get communication going between an Arduino and a PC using serial over bluetooth in windows 8.

First thing’s first, connect to your device, as stated in the title, I’m using a BlueSMiRF Silver from Sparkfun.

Pairing is very easy. From there, upload the following code to your Arduino and connect your board as dictated by the code.

 

NOTE: IN ORDER TO USE DIFFERENT SERIAL SPEEDS, YOU WILL NEED TO MANUALLY CHANGE THE BAUD RATE USING THE DEBUG MODE IN THE BLUESMIRF.

https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/using-the-bluesmirf

Then open your device manager and see how the bluetooth configuration went and how the ports were assigned:

 

For some reason, the lower COM port number is the correct one, I have no idea why. I’ll be using Putty to connect to the bluetooth COM port, the config is very simple:

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From there, start typing in either console and it should all work!

Thanks for reading!

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