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Hands on Hacknight connecting Netduino's to an Azure cloud service

Topic: Hands on Hacknight connecting Netduino's to an Azure cloud service

This is not a sit back and watch the speaker meeting. As a participant in this project you will be building the devices that complete a Simulated Home Security system. There will be some basic code that is written for you but for the most part it will be your job to complete the code and make the device functional. The cloud service that connects all the devices via a message bus will already be completed and deployed to Windows Azure for you to use. Your device will publish and subscribe to messages on the bus.

There will be a limited number of Netduino's available for you to use, but if you have your own Netduino Plus you can bring that as well. Since time is limited you will need to come to the meeting prepared.

I will announce what is needed on your laptop soon. Also this meeting will have limited space so register early.

A couple links for you:

Home Security - This is the Azure hosted web site that all the devices will connect to. Keep watching this site as I build it out for the meeting.

Netduino Plus - Some specifications on the hardware we will be using.

Windows Azure Compute Services - I will be using a Worker Role and a Web Site, and you can check out this link for some easy tutorials on building apps on these services.


Mike Linnen has 29 years of experience in building hardware/software solutions for a wide range of industries. Mike is the Senior Enterprise Systems Architect at Morehead Associates where he leads the development efforts of SaaS solutions to meet the business needs. Mike enjoys tinkering with hardware and software to build cool geeky things.

Twitter: @mlinnen


Sponsor: TEKsystems

Location: Logical Advantage

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  • Dan T.

    Awesome meeting!! Thanks Mike for all of your hard work putting this amazing lab together! Would be great content for a CodeCamp too.

    December 12, 2012

  • Paul W.

    Really fun meeting playing with the Netduinos. Can't believe how low the latency is connecting from the Netduino to Azure and back.

    December 12, 2012

  • Mike L.

    I just posted a video showing what each of you are going to put together

    1 · December 9, 2012

    • Larry M.

      Ghats very cool!!

      December 12, 2012

    • Larry M.

      Darn tiny keyboards... should be that's very cool. :-)

      December 12, 2012

  • Matt D.

    Mike did an awesome presentation/hands on lab session! Thanks to TEKsystems for the food. Logical Advantage for the venue!

    December 12, 2012

  • Mark W.

    We gotta do that again!

    December 12, 2012

  • Trent J.

    What an awesome event. I great quick(kick) start. Here I am trying to wrangler two devices and Mike had a slew.

    December 11, 2012

  • Mike L.

    FYI: Andy Cross did a great talk on Windows Azure and Embedded Devices featuring the Netduino, check it out at

    November 24, 2012

  • Mike L.

    A few days ago I added an architecture diagram to the home security web site so that you can get an idea how devices are going to communicate. Check it out at

    November 14, 2012

  • Trent J.

    Here is a device that will act as 'virtual key pad'. Thinking i could connect it via USB to netduino to give internet access....

    it would be nice to take this $88 out of the picture though if possible.

    November 9, 2012

  • Mike L.

    I just updated the Home Security web site to include the details on how you can get ready before the meeting. It will be important to come a little prepared to this meeting so that we can maximize the time we have on coding the solution. Take a look at for the details on what you need to get ready for. Also if you don't have a laptop then feel free to come anyway and team up with someone that does.

    October 30, 2012

  • Trent J.

    interested in using this as an internet module for a security system... I've heard there are 'packages' you can buy for the Netduino Plus. Besides the Netduino, what should is a must-have to go along with it?

    October 26, 2012

    • Trent J.

      Thanks. Already have the system. Just need an internet module so I can access the system from abroad. The packages question was more of when I first buy the duino I should also buy X.

      October 27, 2012

    • Mike L.

      I usually get a prototyping shield and a power supply and I always loose the Mini USB cables so I usually pick up those as well.

      October 28, 2012

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