Node-RED and MQTT
The video below shows you how to connect Node-RED to the MQTT broker running on the Raspberry Pi:
Task: Try replicating the steps seen in the video.
Okay, once again: what did just happen there?
First we start with an empty flow and add an MQTT subscription node.
Next we set up the MQTT broker configuration
to connect to the broker running on
Then we configure the node to subscribe to the
Next we set up an MQTT publish node to use the same
broker and to publish to the
Finally we add a debug output node and an injection node.
The inject node will, by default, inject a timestamp
message, we configure it to instead publish the
on whenever it is triggered.
The image below shows the flow in action: the injected message is sent to the broker, received by the subscription node and displayed by the debug node.
Now that we know how to use Node-RED with MQTT we can make it actually do something.
Task: Add an injection node that injects the
Task: Connect the microcontrollers that you programmed in the last chapter and controll the LEDs from Node-RED.
Later on we want to make our setup more flexible by routing all the messages through Node-RED.
Right now we will prepare that step by decoupling the functionality of the publishing microcontroller and the subscribing microcontroller.
Task: Edit the program on the publishing
microcontroller to publish to the topic
/button instead of the topic
The publishing microcontroller should now no longer be able to controll the LED.
Task: In Node-RED: subscribe to the
topic and, using a debug node, make sure that
messages are correctly received there.
Task: In Node-RED: forward messages from the
/button topic to the
/led topic so that
the publishing microcontroller can
control the LED again.