PowerShell Power Sockets (Arduino/RF) – Part 3 – Use PowerShell to send Serial commands to your Arduino

Posted: 30/12/2012 in Arduino, PowerShell

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So to summarize we have collected all the RF codes for my Energenie Power Strip, created a Sketch on an Arduino connected to a an RF transmitter the only thing left it to use PowerShell to send Serial commands.

Now for the PowerShell code:

function Send-ArduinoSerial {
param ( [parameter(Mandatory=$true, ValueFromPipeline=$true)] [int[]] $byte )
#Find Arduino COM Port
$PortName = (Get-WmiObject Win32_SerialPort | Where-Object { $_.Name -match "Arduino"}).DeviceID
if ( $PortName -eq $null ) { throw "Arduino Not Found"}
#Create SerialPort and Configure
$port = New-Object System.IO.Ports.SerialPort
$port.PortName = $PortName
$port.BaudRate = "9600"
$port.Parity = "None"
$port.DataBits = 8
$port.StopBits = 1
$port.ReadTimeout = 2000 #Milliseconds
$port.open() #open serial connection
Start-Sleep -Milliseconds 100 #wait 0.1 seconds
$port.Write($byte) #write $byte parameter content to the serial connection
try    {
#Check for response
if (($response = $port.ReadLine()) -gt 0)
{ $response }
catch [TimeoutException] {
"Time Out"
finally    {
$port.Close() #close serial connection

Once the function has been loaded into your PowerShell console we can turn on and off each of the sockets, for example


This is one of those moments when an image fails to express the sheer excitement of a lamp going on and off!

If you forget to plug in your Arduino an exception will be thrown for example


What’s Next/Further thoughts

  • Program some keyboard shortcuts to power the sockets on and off.
  • Create a web front end and on that note I should point out that Energenie have another solution the LAN Power Management System available, this would be an easier solution for the none techie folks.
  • Try this with a Raspberry Pi

Anyways, thanks for reading my posts and I hope you enjoyed Powering Power Sockets with PowerShell as much as I did!



  1. matt2005 says:

    Reblogged this on matt2005.

    • chedzshed says:

      hi, an interesting project, thanks for sharing.
      I noticed your next steps were to try with a pi, did you ever? if so, any info?


  2. Scott says:

    This looks exactly right for a project I’m working on… Will it work with most RF devices or just the Energenie?

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