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Sensors and Interface cards for data logging

Discussion in 'Home Power and Microgeneration' started by Mark Grassman, Dec 19, 2005.

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  1. I would like to start setting up to monitor system parameters using a
    computer. I have gotten an older computer, and put all new programs on the
    bare HDD. I also have copies of "Visual Basic' that I can use to set up the
    programs, output, etc.
    Now I need to get the sensors and interface cards. Can I get you folks to
    help me here?
  2. Just what is it that you want to measure? I've heard people do pretty
    well with the 1-wire and I-button stuff.

  3. Steve Spence

    Steve Spence Guest

    We are using basic stamps for data logging.
  4. Per the OP, I am just starting into this area. My goal is to develop some
    facility with data logging and measurements over longer time periods (e.g..
    longer than I would hold a probe on a point).
    The first reply posters suggestion to look at was good and I was
    ready to move on their "Data Logger Starter Kit" with some temp probes until
    I realized that I also needed a $200.00 conditioner, which is too pricey for
    Steve Spence's suggestion that 'basic stamps' might be the way to go
    looked good, but looked like there was a long learning curve to crawl up to
    get things running. Maybe in a few semesters when I start into micro
    controllers and such...
    Is this going to turn into a time or money thing? I sure don't have much
    of either.
  5. daestrom

    daestrom Guest


    I looked into dataloggers and BASIC stamps, but felt the pricetag was steep.
    So I spent some time to work with Dallas' one-wire technology, and since I
    program for a living, setting up Linux and some C code wasn't much of a
    learning curve.

    You get's what you pay for (in either time or money).

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