I am trying to start a project with my rpi where I can send data from door sensors to the rpi wirelessly. I just cannot figure out the hardware that I would need to complete this.

I am looking at wireless transmitters and receivers for the pi, am I on the right path?

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    Yes, if you want to send data without wires you will need to use a non-wire solution. Radio TX/RX is a solution.
    – joan
    Aug 12, 2016 at 17:14

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I would suggest doing a search for RF breakout boards. Pay attention to the info out there about which frequency is appropriate for the part of the world you live in. It looks like here in Texas for example I probably should use the 915 MHZ one, but yours may be different. You will hook the breakout board up to an SPI interface on thr Pi side. Look through the documentation provided for the chip that is on your selected breakout board. There are configuration steps you will have to take care of, and there is the issue of communications between the Pi and the other RF breakout board by your door. Yes you will need two of the RF breakout boards, one at the door and one in the Pi. You will also need something at the door to set up that RF breakout, such as some kind of microprocessor. It is a pretty complex problem, but after you set up the processor at the door, interfaced it to the rf breakout at the door, established the communications protocol between the rf breakout boards and then received the signal and decoded it in the Pi and responded in the pi, you will have learned a whole bunch about programming and elrctronics. It is not a simple task but you will really learn a LOT in the process! Go for it!


If you focus on just sending/receiving data, you do not have to focus on learning RF. You just need to know a basic protocol and knowledge for building up connection for RF. Also, what device you gonna use. i.e. 802.11, Bluetooth, ZigBee and etc. After choosing one, you should design hardware or you can buy modules.

  • I ended up using an Ardiobo Huzzah Esp8266, works well with the door sensors so far Dec 4, 2016 at 3:22

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