I recently purchased the $5 Amazon Dash Button to use as a doorbell for my Facial Recognition doorbell project. Initially, I thought it would be a seamless process, however, such was not the case. Especially with the new JK29LP model. It took some time to figure out the best way to get the button working on macOS and for that reason I want to share how to set it up without any hiccups.
Before we setup the button we need to get its MAC address. There are a few ways to do this but the easiest way is to put the device into config mode.
http://192.168.0.1You’ll see the following:
Now we can start the setup process:
Once you are done with the dash button we need to move onto the computer.
You need to have Homebrew and you should also be using virtual environments. But don"t worry, I have provided step by step guid. I am using Python 2.7.13.
Open up terminal and run these commands
pip install scapy
pip install pypcap
brew install --with-python libdnet
It’s possible that Python will not recognize modules installed by Homebrew. If that’s the case, Homebrew will let you know and you can just run the commands it suggests.
Everything is set up now and you should be able to run Scapy.
Here is the script I use to detect button presses. There are other ways but this works well for me and is quite short. Suggestions are welcome!
Run that script. You will probably have to run it as sudo. Once running, press the button and you should see “Button Press Detected” printed on your terminal.
The dash button is an amazing device. The application possibilities are endless.
And for my project I programed the Dash to open Pandora and play my favorite playlist. I was able to do that using following code. And don't forget to import
webbrowser at the top
webbrowser.open('YOUR URL GOES HERE')