Disable the bridge

As mentioned in previous episodes the plan was to remove the bridge as that provided much more functionality than it needed to and it also provided root access to the Linino side from the Arduino code. Hans thought would replace it with direct serial communications between the two CPUs.


To stop the bridge /etc/inittab is edited to disable the connection of the console to the serial port ttyATH0, the Yún needs to be rebooted after this change.


::sysinit:/etc/init.d/rcS S boot
::shutdown:/etc/init.d/rcS K shutdown
#Disable Bridge
#ttyATH0::askfirst:/bin/ash --login


Checking we can communicate

To test the solution Hans produced a simple loopback example




To get Python to listen to the serial port the PySerial module needs to be installed. That's simply a case of using the package manager.



opkg update
opkg install pyserial


The port is configured as /dev/ttyATH0 and when we open the port we can specify the speed and any timeouts. For testing purposes the timeouts were set to 60s each and the test programme simply echoed the inbound stream back down the line.


import serial

  ser = serial.Serial('/dev/ttyATH0', 115200, timeout=60, writeTimeout=60) # Baudrate needs to be mirrored on ATMega side
        exit(1)          # quit as we can't start the serial port

line = ser.readline()  # read a '\n' terminated line

while line != "":
    print(line);            # Display on console
    ser.write(line)        # Echo it back
    line = ser.readline()  # read next line




On the Arduino side the serial port is configured as Serial1 and the code to communicate over serial is very straight forward we can echo the message to and from the PC across to the Linino.


void setup() {
  Serial.begin(115200);  //To PC
  Serial1.begin(115200);  //To Linino

void loop() {
  //From PC to Linino
  int c = Serial.read();              // read from USB-CDC
  if (c != -1) {            
    Serial1.write(c);            //        write char to UART

  //From Linino to PC
  c = Serial1.read();                // read from UART
  if (c != -1) {                      // got anything?
    Serial.write(c);                  //    write to USB-CDC


Test results

The Python script was started up manually using SSH so that the output could be monitored. A sequence of messages were sent from the PC down the USB, over the bridge and then bounced back again.

Serial Loopback Test

Give that the test was successful the next step is to add this functionality into our existing scripts and configure the inittab to run our weather script.


Code at: https://github.com/Workshopshed/EnchantedObjects/tree/master/Code/Examples/SerialEcho


Next: A bit of 3D Printing



Arduino - Serial

Welcome to pySerial’s documentation — pySerial 2.7 documentation

Startup and Run Levels

UNIX man pages : inittab (5)