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OpenDASH GrovePI Nodes

Package on npm


  1. npm install -s node-red-contrib-od-grovepi
  2. node-red-restart


The blue sensors are DHT11 humidity & temperature sensors.



In addition to a node for each of the most common sensors, there are four “general” nodes.

  1. Digital Input, values: 0 or 1
  2. Analog Input, values: 0 to 1023
  3. Digital Output, values: 0 or 1
  4. Analog Output, values: 0 to 255

msg Properties


Usually, the "value" of a message is stored in its payload field. To make integration with other nodes easy, the payload of a sensor message only contains its values, all additional information is stored in other properties.

If a sensor returns multiple values (e.g. temperature and humidity), msg.payload is an array of these values.

In addition to that, msg.valueTypes is an array of value type specifications {unit: ..., name: ..., type: ...}.

This additional information is used for displaying sensor values on the LCD and when sending datapoints to the OpenDash platform.

The name and id values used in the open.DASH JSON object are stored in msg.sensorname and msg.sensorid.

user is set by the "RMQ Output" node and uses the "Username" value entered in the node configuration.

“Event Mode”

For some sensors, like the button, it might be useful to send an event only when the sensor value changes.

To do so, set the reading interval to a low value (e.g. 200ms), then connect the sensor to a "rbe" node.

This node only lets messages through if their payload has changed. It can be found at the bottom of the "Functions" section.

Inputs / Sensors

From left to right:

  1. Ultrasonic Ranger
  2. DTH22 Temperature & Humidity Sensor
  3. Light Sensor
  4. Loudness Sensor
  5. Button
  6. Rotary Angle Sensor
  7. Gas Sensor
  8. Air Quality Sensor

At the bottom:

  1. Heart Rate Sensor

Outputs / Actuators

From left to right:

  1. LCD RGB-Backlight
  2. LED
  3. Buzzer
  4. Relay


I2C Sensors

When connecting a I2C sensor, it doesn't matter which pin is used.

Loudness Sensor

Records 5 samples per second, then sends out the average and the maximum value.


If a sensor returns false instead of a numeric value, check if the red LED on the GrovePI board is on.

In that case, disconnect all sensors from the board, detach the GrovePI board and put it back on.


There are two existing collections of GrovePI sensor nodes for NodeRed:

What makes this package different from the ones listed above is that each sensor includes some metadata about the values it sends in the message. This way, sensors can be connected to meaningful OpenDASH data streams without configuring the value types by hand.


npm i node-red-contrib-od-grovepi

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