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Radio-frequency ON-OFF remote control with 4 channels

    Introduction:
This device is used for radio remote controlling - turning ON and FF - up to 4 independent appliances. Press switches 1, 2, 3 or 4 to turn it on, and press again to turn it off. The remote control operates on the principle of radio waves at a frequency of 433.92 MHz. Unlike infrared remote control it is not necessary to aim the transmitter to the receiver, line of sight between the transmitter and the receiver (can also be controlled through a wall, corner, ...) and allows greater range.
    Transfer method:
The signal is transmitted from the remote control to the receiver via 433 MHz communication modules at 433.92 MHz. This band can be used without a license for data transmissions with a small amount of data and transmitter power of up to 10mW. With further modification, however, it can be used at another band, for example 868 MHz, which allows up to 25mW. The transmitter can use ready-made communication modules - the types that have 3 outlets: power supply, ground and input (transmitter) or output (receiver). Their use is very simple. Logic pulses at the transmitter input appears at the output of the receiver (as long as it is within range and no interference with other devices occur). I chose the transmitter module FS1000A XD-FST and receiver module BX-RM12-433. These modules have proven to me by wireless thermometer. Both antennas have a length of 17.3cm / 6.8inch (quarter wave). Data are transmitted by modulating the pulse length. In one packet 16 bits of data are transmitted - the state of the buttons of transmitter (4 bits), the inverted state of the buttons transmitter (4 bits) to check the accuracy of the transmission, device ID (7 bits) and 1 parity bit for checking the correctness of further transmission. A logic 1 is represented by 512us pulse lengths, logic 0 by a pulse 128us long, the gap between bits is always the length of 256us, the gap between packets 1024us. The difference between short and long pulse or between short and long gaps is always four times, which ensures resistance to large deviations of clock frequency of both transmitter and receiver, so that crystals can be omitted. The average transfer rate is about 1.8 kbps. Seven-bit device ID is set to 1001001 and can be modified in the source code if necessary (it must be set the same value in transmitter and receiver). This is useful when you need independent operation of multiple pairs of devices.
    Transmitter:
The transmitter (remote controler) is controlled by a microprocessor IO1 - Atmel AVR ATTiny13A (ATTiny13V), running at a frequency of 1.2 MHz from internal RC oscillator. Data are transmitted via radio frequency (RF) signal. Pressing the button sends the appropriate code. The program ensures that each sample is sent at least 5 times, regardless of the time you press the button. The transmitter is supplied by 3V or 4.5V, for example, two or three AA or AAA batteries, depending on the supply voltage your transmitter module requires, or according to the required range. When no button is pressed, IO1 enters power down mode and power consumption of the entire transmitter is under 1uA (current much smaller than battery self-discharge, thus completely negligible). Capacitor C2 should be placed as close as possible to IO1. To the PB4 output you can connect a LED via a resistor.
    Receiver:
The remote control receiver is controlled by IO2, ATTiny13A (ATTiny13V, ATTiny13), also clocked at 1.2 MHz from the internal oscillator. To receive the radio signal, Modul-2 (receiving RF module) is used. The output is evaluated by the microprocessor IO2. It evaluates and processes the received signal and when it receives a code in the correct shape - length of 16-bits, device ID is correct, parity bit and the inverse data are correct and a two consecutive packets are the same - it evaluates the signal as errorless and the corresponding output flips. When power is applied, the default state of all outputs is log0 (off). The outputs of the receiver circuit connects the power switches, for example with relays, as shown in Fig. 2. If you want to use all the channels, build the power switching circuit 4 times. Use a relay with contacts rated for the desired voltage and current. The relay coil may be at 5V, then it can be powered from the same supply as the receiver. If the coil requires higher voltage, for example 12V or 24V, relay is powered from the respective voltage supply. 5V voltage from a higher voltage can be obtained, for example, using integrated circuit 7805 or 78L05. Power consumption of receiver is, when all the outputs are in log0, or unloaded, determined mainly by RF Module. It is about 2-6 mA. IO2 itself draws only about 25uA. In on state the consumption is determined mainly by consumption of relay coils. The relay coil should draw less than 500mA, otherwise it is necessary to use a different transistor typa as T1 and possibly lower R1 value (you can also use N-MOSFET). Capacitor C4 should be placed as close as possible to IO2.
    Range:
Communication modules and their range I also discuss in the page about Wireless thermometer.

     Warning!
- If a mains or other dangerous voltage is being switched, device must be handled accordingly. When the device is poorly designed, dangerous voltages can reach all its parts. Everything you do at your own risk and responsibility.
- The device is not intended for applications where failure could lead to injury to life, health or property. - Make sure you use the transmitter module that meets the requirments for broadcasting without a license in your country.



The program for download:
Transmitter source code in assembler (ASM)
Receiver source code in assembler (ASM)
Compiled Transmitter HEX file (168 Bytes)
Compiled Receiver HEX file (290 Bytes)
How to write the program into the AVR is described here.

I can send you the programmed microcontroller. For more info click here.


Fig. 1 - Schematic diagram of the radio frequency ON-OFF remote control with 4 channels with AVR ATtiny13(A)(V).


Fig. 2 - Schematic of a power switch with relay. If all 4 channels used, build it 4x.


Fig. 3 - waveform on AVR output PB4 (button TL3 pressed)


Transmitter configuration and security bits setting.


Receiver configuration and security bits setting.


Remote control transmitter (remote controller) in the breadboard. It has transmitter module FS1000A XD-FST.


Radio remote control receiver in the breadboard with receiver module BX-RM12-433 and test LEDs.


The transmitter built into the box for AA batteries. I use 3 batteries and the PCB board is built into the remaining space. Bottom right is the transmitter module (unnecessarily large board is slightly cropped).


Completed radio remote control transmitter


Video - testing the 4 channel radio remote control with AVR



Added: 30. 8. 2014
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