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Control An Ir Fireplace From The Internet

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About the project

This is an implementation of my infrared replicator project, where I show how to control almost any infrared appliance from the Internet.

Items used in this project

Hardware components

Particle Photon Particle Photon x 1
Electric Heating Pad Electric Heating Pad x 1
Particle Photon Particle Photon x 1
DFRobot Gravity: DIGITAL IR Transmitter Module DFRobot Gravity: DIGITAL IR Transmitter Module x 1

Software apps and online services

Blynk Blynk

Story

My goal here is to control my infrared controlled fireplace from my phone.

Story

My fireplace came with the following infrared remote control:

Original infrared remote control

Since I want to control it from my phone and perhaps further automate it, like automatically turning it off, I will replicate its commands into a Particle Photon. That way, I can control it from my phone (or almost any connected device) via WIFI.

This is one implementation of my infrared replicator. Many thanks to the DFRobot shop for providing all the components for this project!

Replicate the original infrared remote

By following all the steps in my infrared replicator project I was able to obtain all the IR codes of the remote. With those IR codes I created a firmware and exposed them all in Particle cloud functions.

I decoded all the buttons in the remote with the help of the IR receiver circuit (see section Build the IR receiver circuit):

  • On/Off
  • Timer
  • Temperature
  • Blower/Fan
  • Blue flame color
  • Orange flame color

Here is each IR code in C code:

unsigned int napoleon_onOff[67] = {3, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0};
unsigned int napoleon_orange[67] = {3, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0};
unsigned int napoleon_blue[67] = {3, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0};
unsigned int napoleon_blower[67] = {3, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0};
unsigned int napoleon_timer[67] = {3, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0};
unsigned int napoleon_temperature[67] = {3, 2, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0};

Components

I will use the following components:

The main components here are the Particle Photon and the infrared transmitter

to build me a compact WIFI controlled IR remote in few steps:

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1 / 5Step 1: drill a hole in the plastic box for the IR led

Once you packed all the components in the enclosure, place it somewhere in front of your fireplace - since it's infrared it needs to have a clear line of sight, free from any obstacles:

Aim it at your fireplace

Power it up and you are ready to go.

Testing

In case you want to test your project, you can always point it to a turned on Samsung TV and hit the cloud exposed functions I left in the firmware. They both send a Volume up or Volume down command, so if you place your project in front of the TV you could test your setup so far by hitting the Call button in the functions circled in blue in your Particle devices interface:

Troubleshoot your setup with a Samsung TV

Blynk interface

I also created an interface in Blynk so I have access to it from my Home project:

Assign V50 to V55 to the buttons and you are ready to go

Blynk definition for the buttons:

#define BLYNK_FIREPLACE_ON_OFF V50
#define BLYNK_ORANGE V51
#define BLYNK_BLUE V52
#define BLYNK_BLOWER V53
#define BLYNK_TIMER V54
#define BLYNK_TEMPERATURE V55

How does one button look like:

Add few buttons in the Blynk interface and you are ready to go

Conclusion

In a couple of hours and armed with the right components and knowledge I was able to control my recently installed infrared fireplace from my phone.

What do you think would be next (or first!)? "Alexa turn the fireplace on" or "Hey Google turn on the fireplace"? Or maybe both at the same time?

Need help?

If you require professional help with your projects, don't hesitate to write me a line about your needs at gusgonnet@gmail.com. Thank you!

Code

firmware

Flash your photon with it

Credits

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If you need professional help with a project, contact me at gusgonnet@gmail.com

   

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