My Lazy-Ass ESP8266 to Roomba 500 Series Connector

I couldn’t justify buying a new Roomba for $1000+ just so I could have network connectivity and scheduling.  The functionality just doesn’t add enough to the product to win me over and the old 500 series I have does a great job as it is.

So just in case I ever have a need for those functions, I’ve extended the life of the old beast and added the network interface and microcontroller in the most half assed way I could.  And here it is…

The simplest and laziest way I could find to connect my Roomba 500 series to an ESP8266 and give it a basic control interface.

PArts List

 

Let’s not fart about, wire it in like the diagram above.  The 15kohm and 10kohm resistors work as voltage dividers to bring down the levels of the Roombas transmit line.  Apparently it never learned to use an inside voice and basically screams all the data back so loud that the ESP’s ears would bleed and it’s brain leak out before it would understand a word.

So with the voltage divider earplugs in all that’s left if the brainwork.  The code at the very end of this post gives me a basic page to control the Roomba from a web browser.  Just basic settings for now and more to come if I decide I need them.

 

The Code

 

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