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function next_expansion

next_expansion(e, selectors=None)
* e is the next expansion type module.

Use the following table to choose the right expansion.

| module    | expansion   |
|-----------|-------------|
| `io`      | EXP-IO      |
| `relay`   | EXP-RELAY   |
| `ser`     | EXP-SER     |
| `ain`     | EXP-AIN     |
  • selectors is a tuple with information on position of rotative switches of the expansion. Order follow swiches indexes.

function expansions_on

expansions_on()
Powers on all the expansions conected to the 4ZeroBox Mobile.

function expansions_off

expansions_off()
Shuts down all the expansions conected to the 4ZeroBox Mobile.

function led

led(color)
Sets the color of the led.

  • color is the color to set. Possible colors are. BLACK, WHITE, RED, GREEN, BLUE, YELLOW, CYAN and MAGENTA.

function on_button_press

on_button_press(fn, dir=FALLING_EDGE, debounce=0)
Sets-up the USER_BUTTON to call an interrupt callback when pressed.

  • fn is the function to be called when the button is pressed;
  • dir is the wave edge that will trigger the callback. Default is FALLING_EDGE;
  • debounce is the De-Bounce delay to set.

function init

init()
Reinitializes all exapansions connected to the 4ZeroBox Mobile.

function set_adc_config

set_adc_config(pin, pga=1, sps=0)
Sets sps configuration to use for an ADC pin. Pga currently not implemented.

  • pin is the pin to configure.
  • pga is the gain. Not implemented yet.
  • sps is the sample for seconds for the ADC pin. Default value use max speed.

function set_adc_callback

set_adc_callback(label, pin, cb=None, sens=None)
Sets-up a callback to convert ADC read values on an ADC pin. The ADC's read function will automatically call the passed callback after the bit to electric value conversion is completed.

  • label is the label of the adc configuration to use. Possible labels are the following:

    1. 'vol' for voltage reading ADC;
    2. 'res' for resistive reading ADC;
    3. 'cur' for current reading ADC;
    4. 'pow' for power reading ADC.
  • pin is the pin used by the ADC to configure. Possible choices are AIN1 to AIN6

  • cb is the callback to setup to the specific channel. The callback should have the following signature: cb(value, sens) where value will be the electric value passed by the read and sens a some sort of structure with data needed by the conversion callback. The callback should return the converted value.

  • sens is some sort of structure with data about the sensor to make the correct conversion.

function read_voltage

read_voltage(pin, raw=False, electric=False)
Reads and converts voltage value from a ADC pin. Voltage in V is passed to the callback. * pin is the ADC pin to read from. Possible choices are AIN1 to AIN6

  • raw if set to True ADC's bits are returned as result.

  • electric if set to True Voltage value (V) read is returned as result.

Returns the value converted by the pin callback. Voltage value (V) if the callback is set to None.

function read_resistive

read_resistive(pin, raw=False, electric=False)
Reads and converts resistance value from a ADC pin. Resistance in Ohm is passed to the callback. * pin is the ADC pin to read from. Possible choices are AIN1 to AIN6

  • raw if set to True ADC's bits are returned as result.

  • electric if set to True Resistance value (Ohm) read is returned as result.

Returns the value converted by the pin callback. Resistance value (Ohm) if the callback is set to None.

function read_current

read_current(pin, raw=False, electric=False)
Reads and converts current value from a ADC pin. Current in mA is passed to the callback. * pin is the ADC pin to read from. Possible choices are AIN1 to AIN6

  • raw if set to True ADC's bits are returned as result.

  • electric if set to True Current value (mA) read is returned as result.

Returns the value converted by the pin callback. Current value (mA) if the callback is set to None.

function read_power

read_power(pin, samples=400, raw=False, electric=False):
Reads and converts power value from ADC pin. To do so, the ADC will get min and max values read on samples. Difference between max and min in bits is passed to the callback.

  • pin is the ADC pin to read from. Possible choices are AIN1 to AIN6

  • samples is the number of samples to get to find min and max values. Default value is 400.

  • raw if set to True ADC's bits are returned as result.

  • electric if set to True Differnce (max - min) Current (mA) read is returned as result.

Returns the value converted by the pin callback. Differnce (max - min) Current (mA) if callback is set to None.

function out_off

out_off(out)
Opens the selected relay switch.

  • out is the relay to open. Possible choices are DOUT1 and DOUT2.

function out_on

out_on(out)
Closes the selected relay switch.

  • out is the relay to close. Possible choices are DOUT1 and DOUT2.

function is_out_on

is_out_on(out)
Returns the current state of the relay switch.

  • out is the relay to check. Possible choices are DOUT1 and DOUT2.

Returns 1 if the relay is closed, 0 if open.

function get_can

get_can(nss=CTS1, spi_clk=20000000)
Gets a ready to use CAN object.

  • nss is the chip select pin used to control the CAN peripheral through SPI.
  • spi_clk is the clock speed used by the SPI. Default is 20 MHz.

Returns the initialized CAN object.

function get_serial

get_serial(ser=SERIAL1, baud=115200, stopbits=serial.STOPBIT_1, parity=serial.PARITY_NONE, bitsize=serial.BITSIZE_8, mode=serial.MODE_UART, flow_ctrl=serial.HW_FLOWCTRL_DISABLE)
Gets a ready to use serial (RS232 or RS485).

  • ser is the serial port to use. Default SERIAL1
  • baud is the baudrate of to use. Default 115200.
  • stopbits is the stopbits configuration to use. Default 1 stopbit. See serial for possible values.
  • parity is the parity check configuration to use. Default none. See serial for possible values.
  • bitsize is the bitsize configuration to use. Default size 8. See serial for possible values.
  • mode is the mode to use for the serial. Default RS232. See serial for possible values.
  • flow_ctrl is the flow control configuration to use. Default disabled. See serial for possible values.

Returns the initialized serial object.

function start_cellular

start_cellular(apn="", apn_user="", apn_password="",
               dhcp=True, ip="", mask="", gateway="",
               dns="8.8.8.8", timeout=10000)
The function fully configures, initializes and starts the cellular module. The cellular module will be ready to use when this method resolves.

  • apn: is the APN for the network connection. It depends from the SIM card provider.
  • apn_user: the username for the network connection authentication. Usually it is empty. Default value empty string.
  • apn_password: the password for the network connection authentication. Usually it is empty. Default value empty string.

If dhcp is True (the default) other following four IP related arguments are ignored. When dhcp is False, the four IP related arguments are:

  • ip: is the IP address.
  • mask: the net mask expressed as A.B.C.D dotted address.
  • gateway: the gateway to be used as default router.
  • dns: the Domain Name Server to be used for name resolution. Default is "8.8.8.8", the Google DNS.

  • timeout: Connection timeout in milliseconds. CellularException is raised if connection do not succeed during this time. Default value 10000 ms.

The cellular module is returned.

function stop_cellular

stop_cellular()
The interface is stopped, all connections dropped, and all socket related to cellular interface closed.

function reset_cellular

reset_cellular()
The function resets the Cellular hardware module and the GNSS subsystem. The started network connections should have been closed before, otherwise they could fall in an inconsistent state.

function antenna_on

antenna_on()
The function powers the GNSS antenna. The antenna is already powered by the start_cellular method.

function antenna_off

antenna_off()
The function shuts down the GNSS antenna.

function get_status

get_status()
The function returns the value of the status pin of the cellular modem. The pin will be high when the module is on.

function get_psm_ind

get_psm_ind()
The function returns the value of the psm indicator pin. The pin will be low when in PSM.

function get_ring

get_ring()
The function returns the value of the ring pin. The pin will go low when the ring triggers.

function setup_ring_cb

setup_ring_cb(cb)
The function setup the call back function to be called when the ring triggers.

function get_dcd

get_dcd()
The function returns the value of the dcd pin.

function summary

summary()
Prints a summary on 4ZeroBox Mobile and its connected expansions.