A node that posts data to a ThingSpeak channel. Capable of aggregating multiple messages into a single mult-field post.
A multi-field ThingSpeak node for Node-Red
You can find source code and more information here:
- GitHub: https://github.com/clough42/node-red-contrib-thingspeak42
- NpmJS: https://www.npmjs.com/package/node-red-contrib-thingspeak42
- Node-Red: http://flows.nodered.org/node/node-red-contrib-thingspeak42
ThingSpeak channels can be configured with multiple fields, but often data sources (like MQTT) only send one property per message. This causes issues when trying to populate ThingSpeak for two reasons: the data ends up being sparse, with empty field values in most records, and it's also easy to violate ThingSpeak's 15-second rate limit for channel updates.
This node solves both of these problems.
When data arrives, it is stored for a configurable period of time and then posted all at once. This allows you to use data sources that post one property at a time with multi-field ThingSpeak channels. This is especially useful with devices that use the Homie convention, which posts each property as a separate message.
Name- The name to display for this node. Leave blank to use the default.
Delay- The delay before posting data, in seconds. When the first matching message arrives, the timer is started. As subsequent messages arrive and are matched, the data is stored. When the time expires, all of the stored data is posted to ThingSpeak and the stored data is cleared. The next matching topic will start the timer again.
Topic 1- The incoming message topic for channel Field 1. When a message with this topic arrives, the value of the payload is stored and the timer is started. When the timer expires, this stored value is posted as Field 1. If another message with this topic arrives before the timer expires, the stored value will be overwritten and the new value will be sent when the timer expires instead. Subsequent messages do not reset the timer. If you do not wish to publish data for Field 1, leave this configuration item blank.
Topic 2- Same as above, except for channel Field 2.
Topic 3- Same as above, except for channel Field 3.
Topic 4- Same as above, except for channel Field 4.
Topic 5- Same as above, except for channel Field 5.
Topic 6- Same as above, except for channel Field 6.
Topic 7- Same as above, except for channel Field 7.
Topic 8- Same as above, except for channel Field 8.
API URL- The URL of the ThingSpeak server. If you are using the official hosted site, you can use the default: https://thingspeak.com
API Key- This is the Write API Key for your ThingSpeak channel. You can obtain it from the web site. (Required)
All errors posting data to ThingSpeak are caught and posted to the Node-Red error handler, so you can add an error handler to your flow to handle them.
The node logs when it matches a topic, stores a value and ultimately posts the data to ThingSpeak. Please note that the API key is removed from the URL and replaced with "XXXXXXXXXX" in the log messages to avoid leaking sensitive data. The real API key is used for the actual ThingSpeak transaction.
While it is running, the node displays its status:
ready- The node is waiting for data messages to arrive.
data queued, waiting...- A message with a matching topic has arrived, the data is stored and the node is waiting for the timeout to expire before posting it to ThingSpeak.
uploading data...- The data is currently being uploaded to ThingSpeak. If everything is working, this message is displayed only briefly and may not be visible.