So morning again in the Netherlands
I always think it is a good idea to be able to change baud rate settings etc by your program. It might take a bit more work, but it will make a better device (to my opinion). I saw the zigbee parts in the mftoolkit also, but i didn’t really take a good look at them yet. But for the beginning it is ok to do the setup with the external program of course.
@ ianlee74. I didn’t know about them, but they seem to have nice products. Most of them look a bit like the standard x10 products you can find everywhere (but then with a different communication interface of course). I am not going to design a home automation system though, i already have everything with x10 at this moment (running my own control software and touchscreen software). Still want to change it to something else because x10 isn’t such a good way to do it. But that is all for the future, since it is working ok at this moment
It is more of a test thing with meshes and how far they can range. Some kind of portebal rgb light i can take in and around the house. For the battery part, it is not going to be a car battery, those are to big. Something like this is more suitable http://swingleydev.org/blog/p/1896/ . I guess it is easy to just connect everything and measure the power usage (and then calculate the needed battery capacity to run for 8-10 hours). Maybe it would be a good idea to monitor the battery also then through processor.