The ability to control relays over the Internet opens up all manner of possible remote-control applications, from simple lights to HVAC and more - and in the following example by "Dr Bit", a garage door. The concept may not be that new, however this implementation offers an interesting method that ensures only one user can control a relay at the same time - that is if the control web page is being viewed by two or more people at the same time, only one can control a relay.
This is done via a random seed system, generated by the Arduino and sent to the client - which has control over the particular relay until the operation is completed. A novel and simple method of ensuring the required amount of control.
The hardware is quite simple, and relies on an Ethernet-enabled Arduino that controls relays - and could easily be modified for other tasks. To find out about this system, visit the creator's website. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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