Temperature measurement with several DS18B20 probes, Arduino code compatible ESP8266 and ESP32, publication on Domoticz in HTTP

If you want to create a temperature measurement network using an Arduino or ESP8266, the OneWire DS18B20 probes are ideal. The OneWire is a digital data bus that requires only one wire. The OneWire bus can address up to 100 devices with a single wire. There are many tutorials on the Internet that explain how to implement DS18B20 probes with Arduino code. We will not reinvent the wheel here. You have been several to contact me to ask me an example using several DS18B20 sensors and how to publish the measurements on a home automation server. That’s what we’re going to do here. I propose instead a methodology to identify the sensors, read the measurements and send them to a home automation server using an HTTP request. In the next tutorial, we will see how to do with MicroPython code. If you have other needs, do not hesitate to ask me in the comments.

Necessary material

For this tutorial, I adapted the Arduino code that came with the Arduino OneWire and DallasTemperature libraries. I tested the code on an ESP32 and more particularly on the Wemos LoLin32 Lite and the Wemos d1 mini based ESP8266. The libraries are therefore compatible with ESP8266 and ESP32 WiFi modules last generation which is much more convenient to send measurements to a home automation server.

Attention for the ESP8266, it is necessary to install the SDK Espressif, the Chinese company that develops micro-controllers. Follow this tutorial to install the ESP8266 SDK and this one for the ESP32 SDK for the Arduino IDE.
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Multiple connection of Dallas DS18B20 probes

The connection is very simple. The One-Wire bus is usually located on a yellow wire. Red is used for power, black for GND as usual. For the bus to work, it must be “de-wormed”. For this, a resistor (4K7 in general) is placed between the +5V and the data bus. I also tried other resistors (5K7) and a power supply +3V3 successfully. Obviously, everything will depend on the cable length. The longer the cabling, the more rigorous it will be to supply the power and the de-interference of the signal.

For this tutorial, the DS18B20 is plugged into pin 4 of the ESP8266. You can also use all the codes in this tutorial on an Arduino Uno or ESP32.

Scan DS18B20 probe addresses, Arduino code (compatible ESP8266 and ESP32)

The first thing to do is to identify the probes. Each probe has a unique 8-bit identifier. Unfortunately, it is never indicated on the packaging. It’s up to us to do it manually. Here is a small scanner that retrieves the addresses of DS18B20 probes. It scans the OneWire bus every 2 seconds for connected probes. It is possible to add “hot” sensors without having to restart the program.

Open the Arduino IDE, create a new sketch and paste the code above. Modify the pin to which the DS18B20 sensor will be connected. Then open the Library Manager, Sketch -> Include Library -> Manage Libraries. Do a search on the OneWire keyword and then install the OneWire library

Upload the program and open the serial monitor. Here is the execution log with two DS18B20 probes. Uncheck the “Auto Scroll” option. You can easily copy the address of each probe to include it in your project. In practice, I advise you to successively connect the probes to identify and stick a label bearing its address, for example (28-D4-B0-26-00-00-80-BC)

Individual reading of the temperature of several DS18B20 probes, compatible Arduino code ESP8266 and ESP32

Now that each temperature sensor is identified, we will use the DallasTemperature library that adds some very useful methods for managing DS18B20 sensors. Return to the library manager to install the DallasTemperature library.

Create a new sketch and paste the code below. Specify the pin to which the One-Wire data bus is attached using the ONE_WIRE_BUS constant. You can change the accuracy of the measurement with the TEMPERATURE_PRECISION constant. By default, it is returned on 10 bits. Finally, replace the addresses of your probes for insideThermometer and outsideThermometer.

How does the code work?

The DallasTemperature library is expecting a OneWire object that is attached to the ESP32 (or Arduino) pin. Here is the pin n ° 4.

The DallasTemperature library allows to define an address for each probe (which we did previously). Here, we will define an inner (Inside) and outer (Outside) probe. It is a DeviceAdress variable that expects an array of hexadecimal values

In the setup loop, the sensors.begin () method is used to start the communication with the probes. Now, we can read the temperature on a particular probe at any time, for the outside temperature, this will give for example

The DallasTemperature bookseller offers other useful methods here. Everything is available in the source code on GitHub

Program test with two DS18B20 probes

Upload the program and open the serial monitor. The individual reading of each probe is immediate.

If you disconnect one of the probes, an error message is displayed next to the faulty probe. It is very easy to send an email to indicate that a probe is defective. To test the probes, one also has the method isConnected (probe_address) of the DallasTemperature library. The One-Wire bus runs hot. As soon as you reconnect the probe, it is automatically detected and the temperature reading is immediate. It’s really very practical. We could imagine a small web interface to manage the probes without having to recompile the program as soon as we add a new probe. By going further, you can read this series of articles on the creation of an WEB interface for DIY projects based on ESP8266

Publishing temperatures on a Domoticz server by HTTP request

All that remains is to send the data to a home automation server. Here we will take the example of Domoticz which has a JSON interface (API). The format of the HTTP request is the following for a temperature type measurement (the documentation of the API is detailed here). For more details, read this previous article or this one to do the same thing with Jeedom.

Attention for the ESP8266, it is necessary to install the SDK Espressif, the Chinese company that develops micro-controllers. Follow this tutorial to install the ESP8266 SDK and this one for the ESP32 SDK for the Arduino IDE.

Start by going to the Domoticz server to create two virtual devices of the temperature type and get the Idx of each probe. Follow this tutorial to learn how to do it.

domoticz ds18b20 esp8266 esp32 arduino idx device sensor

The following code is compatible with Arduino, ESP8266 and ESP32. Several parameters must be modified in the code before uploading it:

  • Specify the One Wire bus pin on the constant ONE_WIRE_BUS
  • Replace probe addresses, insideThermometer and outsideThermometer
  • The WiFi network on which to connect with the constant wifi_ssid, as well as the password
  • Domoticz server IP address, host variable, connection port (default 8080)
  • The Domoticz Idx for each IDX_insideTemp and IDX_outsideTemp probe

Now, you can now add DS18B20 probes to your Arduino, ESP8266 or ESP32 connected object projects quite quickly. We find the DS18B20 in the form of a 3-pin housing or most often pre-wired in a waterproof stainless steel case. It can for example be used to regulate a heating with an indoor temperature sensor and an outdoor sensor. The stainless steel case is very suitable for monitoring the temperature in humid or dusty environments (fridge, freezer, swimming pool, aquarium …), environments inaccessible to the usual sensors (DHT22, DHT12 on I2C bus …). If you have no notion of programming, the DS18B20 is also supported by the ESP Easy firmware on ESP8266 and now on ESP32.



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  • Misiu

    Are You sure the wiring is fine? Please take a look at: http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Example-ArduinoESP8266DS18B20/
    I’ve tried Your way and DS18B20 got very hot :/

    • Hello Misui. I think yes. Now I have a doubt :O. In any case, I did not observe any heating of my sensors. I power the sensors in 3V3. You too ?

      • Misiu

        Hi there, I’very used 5V. In my case when I used Your schema I was unable to find sensor using 1wire sensor. I had to switch GND and power and then it worked fine. Have You looked at attached pinout?

        • Hello Misiu and happy new year ! Yes I looked but as you can see on the technical documentation https://cdn.sparkfun.com/datasheets/Sensors/Temp/DS18B20.pdf, we can power the ds18b20 between 3V and 5V. So it is not necessary to put a resistor to decrease the voltage. By cons you may have bought a clone or your sensor may be defective. Do you have other sensors to test?

          • Misiu

            In datasheet You attached GND is far left pin, but in Your schema GND is far right pin. (please look at my attached image from previous comment, datasheet You linked and compare it with first schema in this post)
            I switched VDD and GND and everything worked fine.

            Please correct that schema. Voltage isn’t the problem and Yes, looking at datasheet I can confirm that it should work with 3.3V.

          • Oh yes, excuse me Misui. I used ds18b20 waterproof and I was wrong when I did the wiring scheme. It’s corrected. See you soon

          • Misiu

            That looks much better 🙂 Thanks for fix and for article. It really helped me getting started with DS18B20.
            I’ve bookmarked Your site so I’ll definitively come back! 🙂

          • Thank you very much Misiu 😀

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