Traveling or on the road, sometimes finding an open network to get online and finish a job is more important than lunch or a nap. MASLOW (Mini Adafruit System Locates Open Wireless) is a tiny battery-powered WiFi detector with a 3D-printed enclosure…assemble one yourself and clip it to your laptop bag.
In this project, we’re making a portableWiFi hotspot finder using the Adafruit CC3000 and Pro Trinket micro-controller. The CC3000 is a WiFi breakout board that adds connectivity to your micro-controller projects.
5 total modes indicate the status. When the LED starts flickering fast, it’s scanning for WiFi networks. A slow blink indicates an open network is in range. 1 second blips mean closed networks only, and 4 second blips means no WiFi networks.
We recommend walking-through the following tutorials below before starting this project. These guides will help you get familiar with the components and get setup and configured with the Arduino IDE and libraries.
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- Pro Trinket
- Trinket LiIon/LiPoly Backpack Add-On
- CC3000 Breakout with external Antenna (2 - 5dBi) or Internal antenna (~2dBi)
- uFL Adapter Cable (you can also use the version of the CC3000 w/out external antenna and skip this part)
- Breadboard-friendly SPDT Slide Switch
- SMA Antenna (you can also use the version of the CC3000 w/out external antenna and skip this part)
- LiPoly battery. The standard case fits a 100 mAh battery, or with minor editing this can hold a larger 500 mAh battery, making a single charge last all day.
You'll need a couple of hand tools and accessories to assist you in the build.