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MQTT protocol NA #include <PJONMQTTTranslate.h>

MQTTTranslate uses the ReconnectingMqttClient library (minimum version required v1.1.1) to deliver PJON packets over TCP on local network (LAN) as a MQTT protocol client. It may be useful to connect PJON networks and more standard applications to each other using the MQTT protocol. This strategy works in one of four modes. The first two modes enable to implement a PJON bus via MQTT, the first mode is "closed" and the second is "open" to use by non-PJON programs. The last two modes are for behaving like MQTT devices normally do.

  1. MQTTT_MODE_BUS_RAW mode sends binary JSON packets delivered to a topic like pjon/device45 (where 45 is a receiver device id). Each device subscribes to a topic with its own name and receives packets like any other PJON strategy. This mode requires that all senders and receivers are linked with PJON for encoding/decoding, so other systems are not easily connected. The directory examples/WINX86/Local/MQTTTranslate/PingPong contains examples for windows, to build it, open the solution file in Visual Studio 2017. The directory examples/ARDUINO/Local/MQTTTranslate/PingPong contains the Arduino examples, to build them, just use the Arduino IDE.
  2. MQTTT_MODE_BUS_JSON mode sends JSON packets with to, from and data, delivered to a topic like pjon/device45 (where 45 is a receiver device id). Each device subscribes to a topic with its own name and receives packets like {to:45,from:44,data:"message text sent from device 44 to device 45"}.
  3. MQTTT_MODE_MIRROR_TRANSLATE mode does not not use JSON encapsulation of values, and publishes to its own topic, not the receiver's. It publishes to an "output" folder and subscribes to an "input" folder. An outgoing packet with payload P=44.1,T=22.0 results in the topics pjon/device44/output/temperature, with a value 22.0 and pjon/device44/output/pressure, with a value 44.1. Likewise, when receiving an update of pjon/device44/input/setpoint, with a value 45 results in a packet with payload S=45. This mode supports a translation table to allow short names to be used in packets while topic names are longer. For example T translated in temperature. If no translation table is populated, the same names will be used in the packets and the topics. The directory examples/ESP8266/Local/MQTTTranslate/EnvironmentController contains the ESP8266 example, to build it, just use the Arduino IDE.
  4. MQTTT_MODE_MIRROR_DIRECT mode works like MQTTT_MODE_MIRROR_TRANSLATE, but just passes the payload on without any translation, leaving the formatting to the user. It does not split packets into separate topics but transfers the packets as-is to one output topic and from one input topic pjon/device44/output, pjon/device44/input. The user sketch will have control of the format used, which can be plain text like P=44.1,T=22.0 or a JSON text. The directory examples/ARDUINO/Local/MQTTTranslate/SWBB-MQTT-Gateway contains the Arduino SWBB-MQTT-Gateway example, that showcases bidirectional, transparent data transmission between an MQTT client and a SoftwareBitBang bus. To build it, just use the Arduino IDE.

The "Translate" in the strategy name is because a translation table can be used to translate PJON packet contents to MQTT topics and back. This is to enable PJON packets to remain small t=44.3 between devices with limited memory, while the MQTT packets are made more explicit temperature to support longer name syntax in external systems.

MAC address usage

The topic names like pjon/device45/output/temperature in the two MIRROR modes can be replaced with topic names containing the MAC address of the Ethernet/WiFi card of the device, like pjon/DACA7EEFFE5D/output/temperature. This is selected by setting the MQTTT_USE_MAC preprocessor definition.

This gives the option to flash the same sketch without modifications to a lot of devices that will all appear in dedicated topics, to enable plug and play.

Note that this functionality does not cover Windows/Linux/OsX in this release.


Before including the library it is possible to configure MQTTTranslate using predefined constants:

Constant Purpose Supported value

Use PJONMQTTTranslate to instantiate an object ready to communicate using MQTTTranslate strategy:

  #include <PJONMQTTTranslate.h> // Include the PJON library
  // Use MQTTTranslate strategy with PJON device id 44
  PJONMQTTTranslate bus(44);
  uint8_t broker_ip[] = { 127, 0, 0, 1 };

  void setup() {
    // Sets the broker's ip, port and topic used
    bus.strategy.set_address(broker_ip, 1883, "receiver");

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Updated on 06 November 2020 at 16:15:12