Digital Humidity sensors are of great help in maintaining suitable environmental condition in places such as ware houses, green houses, factories, smart homes etc. They are also very easy to interface with MCU and PC. When coupled with a PC or Microcontroller they can be used in wide variety of smart automation. One such sensor I will present today is a serial humidity sensor. The interface is very simple. The communication is done over a standard asynchronous serial line. The interface parameters are as follows.

  • UART 9600 bps.
  • Start bit: 1
  • Stop bit: 1
  • Parity Bit : 0 (No parity bit)
  • No Flow Control.
Serial Humidity Sensor

Fig.: Serial Humidity Sensor.

 

Command Set

  • All commands are begin by "$sure" followed by space (ascii 32)
  • All UART Command are in ASCII
  • Commands are NOT case sensitive.
  • All commands ends with a CR LF pair (ascii \r\n in C language).

Get Current Temperature in Degree Centigrade

Command : $sure temp -c

Returns: XXXCentigrade

Where XXX is current temperature.

Example in C

UWriteString("$sure temp -c\r\n");

Get Current Temperature in Degree Fahrenheit

Command : $sure temp -f

Returns: XXXFahrenheit

Where XXX is current temperature.

Example in C

UWriteString("$sure temp -f\r\n");

Get Current Humidity

Command : $sure humidity

Returns: XXX%RH

Where XXX is current relative humidity.

Example in C

UWriteString("$sure humidity\r\n");

Get Current Status

Command : $sure status

Returns: Ready…

Example in C

UWriteString("$sure status\r\n");

PIN Configuration.

PIN Number Function Connect to Devboard Connect to USB/TTL Module
1 N/C    
2 N/C    
3 RX TX TX
4 TX RX RX
5 /CS +5V Output (Via 4K7 Resistor) +5v Output(Via 4K7 Resistor)
6 N/C    
7 N/C    
8 N/C    
9 N/C    
10 N/C    
11 N/C    
12 +5v Input +5V Output +5V Output
13 GND GND GND
14 N/C    
15 GND GND GND
16 N/C    
17 GND GND GND
18 N/C    
19 GND GND GND
20 GND GND GND
21 N/C    
22 N/C    
23 GND GND GND
24 GND GND GND

N/C= Not Connected.

Humidity Sensor Pin out

Fig.: Humidity Sensor PIN Configuration.

Connection with PC for Testing.

The module can be connect to PC using tools such as CP2102 based USB to TTL Converter.

CP2102 USB Serial Module

Fig.: USB to TTL Module.

The driver for the CP2102 Based USB To TTL Module must be installed before connecting the module to PC. The drivers are available from here.

After connecting the USB/TTL Module to PC, find out its COM port number. The steps are outlined below.

Right Click on "My Computer" icon in Windows
Desktop.

my computer icon

My Computer Icon on Windows Desktop

Select "Properties"

right click on my computer

System Context Menu

The System Properties will open up. Go to the "Hardware"
Tab.

System Properties.

In Hardware tab select "Device Manager"
button. It will open up device manager.

Open Device Manager

In Device Manager Find the Node "Ports (COM & LPT)"

Expand the PORT node in Device Manager

You have to find the port with following
name.

Note down the COM port number next to the port name. You need to open this
Port in Realterm.

com port number

COM Port Number

Communication using a Terminal Program on PC.

If you are running Windows Vista or Windows 7 then the Hyperterminal Program
may not be available. So in place of it you can use Realterm.
It can be downloaded from here.

Start Realterm from its Desktop Icon. You will get a screen similar to this.
Increase the Value of Row to 40 to see whole message.

avr atmega8 realterm

Screenshot of Realterm

Setup Realterm as follows. Go to the Port Tab and set it as
follows.

  • Baud: 9600
  • Port: Port where you have connected the humidity sensor.
  • Data bits: 8
  • Parity: None
  • Stop bits: 1
  • Hardware Flow Control: None

avr atmega8 realterm

Screenshot of Realterm Setup

To send command to the Humidity Sensor Go to the "Send" tab and do as directed in the image below.

humidity sensor realterm

Fig.: Sending Commands using RealTerm.

You can enter the commands described above and view their output in the top blank black area of Realterm.

Humidity sensor connected to USB Port

Fig.: Humidity Sensor Connection with PC.

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