Quantified House – Raspberry Pi and 1-wire


Becoming a house owner I felt a need to mix in some nerdyness with all the home renovation. Lately I’ve getting in to the Raspberry Pi and when a friend at work told me about the 1wire components that could be connected using USB and no soldering I was hooked.

This post describes how I got it up and running to log temperature at two places and humidity at one.

This is my first stab at this so the scripts are in a first version just to get it up and running with a lot of redundant and unpolished code. Also, this is the first time since switching over to wordpress I’m trying to use github gists for code. If it looks wonky – please let me know.


I started out with the latest drop of Raspian Weezy from http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads and used win32DiskImager to get the image on to the SD card. Plopped it into the Pi and was off to the races.

I used ssh to execute stuff on the Pi, it was enabled by default in my Raspberry. I  looked in my routers admin ui to get the IP-address. I used Putty as


Next up was getting the WiFi working. I borrowed a wifi usb dongle from my brother:  Wireless USB 11N Nano Adaptor 802.11N (WiFi Dongle). Which I plugged in one of the USB ports.

Then I cracked opened the /etc/network/interfaces which looked like:

and changed it to this:

After a reboot the wifi was up and running. To verify that the Pi got an ip-number I used the ifconfig command.

Now I put the raspberry up on the attic and connected the sensors.

The sensors

So, my weapon of choice here is to use 1wire components. I’ve bought a little board with humidity and temperature on that I connected to the Raspberry Pi using USB. Here is the components (the links are to a web shop in Swedish):

Component Link
Humidity sensor https://www.m.nu/luftfuktighetsmatare-version-2-p-373.html
Temperature sensor https://www.m.nu/temperatursensor-pa-kabel-p-44.html
1wire USB https://www.m.nu/adapter-usb-1wire-ds9490r-p-49.html



To get some readings from the sensors I needed to set up One-Wire File Systems called OWFS. This is where I thought my years in windows-land only would bring my experiments to a grinding halt.

But lo and behold, thanks to this awesome tutorial (also in Swedish) I managed to trickle through some very unixy make commands.

After doing this I could get values from the sensors using the cat command

cat /mnt/1wire/26.0ECE3B010000/humidity gives me 54.6871% Relative Humidity (%RH). Which by the way is a value I’m very satisfied with.


Executing logic

My weapon of choice is Ruby, mostly because I’ve played with it and like it and I don’t know any python and mostly wanna forget C and C++. To get it running I first had to install a bunch of stuff.

Install stuff

Proftpd ftp server to be able to transfer files with ease.

sudo apt-get install proftpd

Next up was ruby.

sudo apt-get install ruby

In order to be abele to install native extensions such as the json gem I needed to install ruby 1.9.1.-dev, I don’t understand why but then again I’m not a Linux guy.

sudo apt-get install ruby1.9.1-dev

When I was done with that it looked like this:


After that I went ahead and installed some gems I know my ruby scripts needs.

sudo gem install awesome_print

sudo apt-get install libxslt-dev libxml2-dev

sudo gem install nokogiri

For logging I’m currently trying out both Cosm (used to be Pachube) and TempoDB, so I’m logging to both. Therefore I need to install both client libraries:

sudo gem install cosm-rb

sudo gem install tempodb

The Code

First up, logging to cosm



And next up logging to TempoDB:



One drawback for me is that TempoDB only lets you query one series at the time.

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