Weather Garden: Wireless connection

As for Weather Garden, one of the innovative points is wireless connection, which can make participants obtain weather information from several hundred kilometers away. At first, I thought I could achieve it by connecting Arduino and the Wi-Fi Module directly. While after the 1st tutorial with John, I learned that the firewall of campus is very strong and the Wi-Fi module cannot login to the University Wi-Fi, so I need to find a way figure out the firewall problem or change weather garden as wired connection. Over the next few days, I found a web called “ThingSpeak” could help me solve the wireless issue.


ThingSpeak is an open source Internet of Things application and API to store and retrieve data from things using the HTTP protocol over the Internet or via a Local Area Network. ThingSpeak enables the creation of sensor logging applications, location tracking applications, and a social network of things with status updates. Under this circumstance, Weather Garden can import and export data from ThingSpeak private channel. Specifically, by connecting family Wi-Fi(no user name and just need password) , Weather Garden’s videos can work normally in campus due to it obtain data from web rather than Wi-Fi itself.

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