Makerfabs Lora Soil Moisture is a cheap& easy solution for smart agriculture. It is used for monitoring the relative moisture of the soil, the temperature, and the relative humidity of the air. It reports the data via Lora, to remote Lora receiver, and thus to create low-cost remote monitoring network easily. Itis based on Atmel's Atmega328P, it collects local air temperature/ humidity with sensor AHT10, and detect the soil humidity with capacitor-humility measurement, and transmit the local environment data to the gateway, with Lora communication, suit for applications for smart-farm, irrigation, agriculture, etc.
This Lora soil moisture sensor V3 is the upgrade version of the V1 and V2 version.
Compared to the previous version, the V3 has the following great updates:
1. Much lower power consumption. With Makerfabs detailed design on hardware& firmware, the Lora moisture sensor can work at least 2 years, with 2xAAA battery;
2. Unique ID for each device. Each Lora moisture sensor is programmed with unique ID by default firmware, customers can get them on the surface. so the remote Lora receiver can identify them when multiple sensors are used;
3. Improved board Coating. J3166 water-proof paint protects the board better, not only makes the board water-proof but also solves the very problems of electrode corrosion, soil electrolysis and resulting in better accuracy and longer battery life.
Lora Soil Moisture be installed by plugging into the soil, either in a flowerpot or place near a plant, it monitors the air/soil status and reports the data to remote Lora receiver, with its unique ID, so the remote receiver can monitor/ identify the signal, and make alarms/actions, to help the plants.
Lora Temperature/ Humidity/ Soil Moisture Sensor is shipped out with Arduino pro-mini bootloader pre-loaded, and there's also Makerfabs default sketch programmed. Of course, Uses can re-program it with Arduino IDE, we suggest a standard USB2UART convertor for this. Note that the DTR in the USB2UART convertor is needed to connect to the "Reset" pin for Arduino sketch downloading, if there is no DTR, you may need to press the “reset” button manually in the downloading.