List of all our PDFs for Raspberry Pi, Arduino and Microbit

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Jul 032018

Most popular PDFs – last updated 17th November 2022.

If you find these guides useful, many of the parts required are available in our eBay shop

UPDATED: How to send email messages and photos from the command line on Raspberry Pi Bullseye or Buster using MSMTP. Updated November 2022. pi-email-2022-update.pdf

Digital Alarm Clock project kit for Raspberry Pi Pico board. Uses a TM1637 4 digit 7 segment LED board linked to a Pi Pico or Pi Pico W board to display the time, scroll messages, and be an alarm clock. PDF and Thonny MicroPython code examples in a zip file.

Wireless-Doorbell-Pi.pdf – How to use a Raspberry Pi to receive signals from Llloytron MIP wireless doorbells. Examples show you how to email a photo of the visitor to your mobile phone, and show how to play a custom MP3 file when the doorbell is pushed. Uses RXB6 433MHz receiver board attached to the GPIO pins. You can buy a full kit here.

OpenCV4.pdf – Guide to setting up OpenCV 4.1.0 on a Raspberry Pi 4 2GB or 4GB running Raspbian Buster. Includes several Python 3 example scripts showing you how to do face detection and MOG movement detection algorithm, for Pi camera and our Video-2-Pi USB video grabber.

jetson.pdf – Guide for setting up and using the GPIO pins on the Nvidia Jetson Nano board.

remote-433-receivers.pdf – How to receive and transmit 433.92MHz signals from cheap wireless devices using your Raspberry Pi. Learn to clone signals from generic remote control wireless mains sockets & turn them on and off using python code. Also scripts to clone & fuzz wireless devices. (updated 23/11/2022)

rc522.pdf – Guide to using the RC522 13.56MHz RFID reader with a Raspberry Pi. Wiring diagram for SPI interface and also connecting an LED to the Pi’s GPIO. Python3 code examples for reading the UID from cards and keyfobs, turning on the LED (or a relay and door latch) for 5 seconds when a valid card is presented. Also code for writing a logfile of date, time and user for all successful entry attempts.

esp01.pdf – Guide to using the ESP01 version of the ESP8266 board for IoT experiments. Learn how to turn an LED or relay on and off from the web browser on your mobile phone – including example code. Uses the Arduino IDE to program the ESP01 boards. Advice on which programmer boards work best and how to modify certain versions of the ESP-01 Relay board so they actually work. Useful information for anyone exploring ESP8266 or ESP32 boards.

cc1101.pdf – Learn to use the Texas Instruments CC1101 wireless chip boards with a Raspberry Pi. Send and receive on 315MHz, 433MHz, 868MHz and 915MHz ISM frequencies. Support for 2-FSK, GFSK, ASK/OOK, 4-FSK & MSK modulation schemes. External RP-SMA antenna socket – so it’s simple to add Yagi antennas for long distance comms. Uses SpaceTeddy CC1101 library for Raspberry Pi. Examples show you how to have a PIR attached to one Pi send a message to another remote Pi when triggered. Also how to receive message via a BASH shell script.

alarmbit.pdf – Manual for our Alarmbit board for BBC Microbit. Attach a PIR and magnetic door sensor to your BBC Microbit, and sound the onboard buzzer when alarm is triggered. Also includes guide for attaching Microbit to PC (using Thonny/Python) and sending alerts via email to your mobile phone. Also includes instructions for making a wireloop game using the Alarmbit board. Buy an Alarmbit board kit with PIR and magnetic door sensors at Amazon UK for £13.99 or Amazon US for $17.95. The Alarmbit PCB design files for Fritzing are here – useful if you want to make your own Microbit breakout PCBs.

OpenCV.pdf – Guide to using OpenCV image processing library on the Raspberry Pi. Get emails sent to your phone when intruders are detected on your CCTV. Count passing cars. Learn how to use OpenCV 3 and Python 3 together. You can buy the composite video to USB adapter used at Amazon UK or Amazon US,  and there’s a manual for the USB adapter at vid2pi.pdf

sg.pdf – Senior Guardian project – keep an eye on an elderly relative in a less intrusive way, using a Raspberry Pi and a PIR module. It keeps track on how many times an hour the PIR gets triggered and sends emails to your phone with those statistics. Python code examples included.

vr.pdf – Voice recognition on a Raspberry Pi using a homemade USB room mic. Display stock prices and news. Turn an LED on and off. All using voice commands. Python code.

vrchip.pdf – Voice recognition on a NextThingCo C.H.I.P computer board using a room mic. Display stock prices and news. Turn an LED on and off. All using voice commands. Python code.

And some older PDFs from our archive:

4chan.pdf – receive signals from a 4 button 433MHz remote control on your Pi.

audiospy.pdf – A new kind of audio bug using a Raspberry Pi. Records audio from a USB room mic, transcribes it to text using Google speech to text engine. Sends what it heard as a text message to remote phone’s email account.

book2intro.pdf – First few pages from our 2nd Home Security Projects book for Raspberry Pi.  Full book PDF for instant download here or printed Amazon paperback here

cbdb.pdf – Connect a Codebug to a Raspberry Pi, shows visual alert when our Doorbell Kit for Raspberry Pi is triggered

ekit.pdf – Manual for our electronics kit for Raspberry Pi. Examples in BASH, Python and Scratch.

em1.pdf – How to connect an electromagnet to your Raspberry Pi.

keypad.pdf – use a 12 digit entry keypad with a Raspberry Pi to make a PIR alarm that sends a photo of intruder to your mobile phone. Python 3 examples. Same thing but with the cheap self-adhesive keypads here:

mcp23008-and-microbit.pdf – make an 8 LED Knight Rider style LED array using a BBC Microbit.

pibrella.pdf – some BASH shell scripts for use with Pibrella board.

PocketPi.pdf – make a pocket sized Raspberry Pi with rechargeable battery and Pi Zero.

pi-audio-streaming.pdf – Stream audio between two Raspberry Pi units from an external microhone.

servo.pdf – Connect a Pan/Tilt camera bracket to your Raspberry Pi.

smoke.pdf – connect a smoke alarm to your Raspberry Pi.

tiddly.pdf – Some BASH shell scripts to control the TiddlyBot mini robot car.

wifisniff.pdf – How to sniff Bluetooth and WiFi MAC addresses nearby – originally written for older Raspberry Pi’s with external USB dongles.


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Home Automation and Security projects book released for Raspberry Pi by Tim Rustige

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May 152017

Home Automation and Security projects book for Raspberry Pi


Our latest ebook is now available to download instantly in PDF format from and as a Kindle eBook from Amazon at

You can download a Sample PDF


Chapter 1 – Wireless Doorbell project for under £20/$25.
We show you how to receive signals from a Lloytron MIP wireless doorbell push on your Pi, and have your Pi take a photo from a Raspberry Pi camera module, time & date stamp it, and email it to your phone. We also show you how to play a custom MP3 door chime sample when the doorbell is pressed – your doorbell can now be any MP3 sound you like. Also works with Lloytron MIP wireless door sensors, wireless PIRs and other generic wireless driveway alarms. We also show you how to take pictures from USB webcams, USB video capture devices, scan for Bluetooth & WiFi MAC addresses when the doorbell is pushed or sensor triggered.

Chapter 2 – Reverse-engineer 433MHz & 315MHz wireless gadgets using £10/$12 of hardware.
Learn how to receive/clone codes from remote controls and re-transmit signals to wireless remote control mains sockets, relays and light switches that operate at 433.92MHz (Europe) or 315MHz (North America) AM and use Manchester/OOK encoding using your Pi. Learn codes and then turn lights, relays and power sockets on and off at set times using Python. Control lights, relays, and power sockets from a web page on your phone or tablet. We also include a Python script that can capture a wireless code & replay it, or replay a different code with the same timing values, or a range of codes. (no more time wasted messing about with Audacity, Inspectrum, RTL-SDR, Baudline and GNU Radio).

Chapter 3 – How to control hardware from a web browser.
Learn how to use Apache web server on your Pi to interact with a web page on your phone. Contains Javascript/CGI and PHP examples. Turn an LED on and off from anywhere using two buttons on your phone’s web browser. Turn remote control mains sockets, lights and relays on and off from anywhere using buttons on your phone’s web browser.

Chapter 4 – Working with CCTV audio on your Pi.
Learn how to stream high quality CCTV audio from one place to another. We show you the best hardware to use.

Chapter 5 – Make a pan and tilt CCTV mount for your Raspberry Pi camera for around £12/$15.
We show you how to control two SG90 mini servos and a pan tilt bracket from your Raspberry Pi. Control the camera using graphical buttons and sliders on your Pi’s desktop. Stream video to VLC media player at remote location and control camera via SSH. Stream video to a remote web browser and remote control pan and tilt from same web browser window.

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