Add WiFi to your Neato BotVac for 3$

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Re: Add WiFi to your Neato BotVac for 3$

Postby Tris » October 17th, 2016, 8:12 pm

You could also use a ribbon cable connector for a 5.25" floppy drive...
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Re: Add WiFi to your Neato BotVac for 3$

Postby Oleost » December 8th, 2016, 2:23 pm

Hi, any chance this can be modified to work with neato xv models?

Here is someone that hooked up to an Xv11 through tx/Rx.

http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showt ... umm-(XV-11)

http://i52.tinypic.com/pvwoi.jpg
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Re: Add WiFi to your Neato BotVac for 3$

Postby glnc222 » December 8th, 2016, 5:45 pm

The very old Rev113 Cruz system boards in XV's (when the side power jack was included) have an unpopulated serial port header, previously used for BlueTooth additions (links in Mods & Repairs list main forum page, a Vic7767 project). Eliminated in the newer Rev64 Binky boards, requiring a USB host device (several experiments reported using mini router devices). Not my specialty, but I just noticed these OTG cables for smartphones which include a host interface in the plug (so PC peripherals can be connected to the phone). These might allow a larger variety of WiFi devices to be used, up to the engineers.

The problem with Botvac was the USB jack under the dust bin, now relieved with this other connection found. Some fancy work had been done to connect to that buried jack though.

Note trick: when the system demands the cable be unplugged to run, it can be re-enabled after it starts. Still not clear what can be done when cleaning. This does complicate the hardware or firmware in the interface device, which may require custom flashing and programming (some open source stuff mentioned). Most recent vacuum firmware may have eliminated this stumbling block, you would have to check.
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Re: Add WiFi to your Neato BotVac for 3$

Postby kslmgd » December 26th, 2016, 11:51 pm

I add esp8266 to botvac I can use ip to connect but no response
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[connected]

[response] connected to Neato

[sent] Clean

botvac does not start clean

botvac works has before

Help Please
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Re: Add WiFi to your Neato BotVac for 3$

Postby yadur » December 27th, 2016, 2:21 pm

I always need to send the clean command twice to start the actual cleaning. First to wake up the bot and the second time to start. This works the same way as the physical button.

Did you try some other commands, like "PlaySound 1" or "help"? Do you get any output or does the bot play the "Cleaning Completed" sound?
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Re: Add WiFi to your Neato BotVac for 3$

Postby kslmgd » December 27th, 2016, 4:17 pm

No response on output no sound
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Re: Add WiFi to your Neato BotVac for 3$

Postby yadur » December 27th, 2016, 4:24 pm

The "connected to Neato" message means that you successfully connected to the Websocket port of the ESP8266. If you get no response and no sound is playing you might want to check if the RX and TX lines are properly connected (or maybe switched).
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Re: Add WiFi to your Neato BotVac for 3$

Postby kslmgd » December 27th, 2016, 6:01 pm

Ur right took it apart and moved those wires just a little and bingo response now it was tx or rx
thank u so much for ur help
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Re: Add WiFi to your Neato BotVac for 3$

Postby fly » March 8th, 2017, 5:31 pm

Safe to assume this will not work for an XV? I saw that someone asked this already, but I didn't exactly understand the reply.
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