Azure Tips and Tricks Part 114 - Send JSON to Azure IoT Hub with C#

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Easily Send JSON to IoT Hub with C

I recently needed to send JSON that an IoT Hub could receive and display on an AZ3166 device. Once the AZ3166 device receives the message, then it could do a number of things with the data such as open an door.

Part 1:

  • Create an IoT Hub and provision the MX Chip (AZ3166) as a device. While we could go into the Azure Portal and create a new IoT Hub and walk through the setup of our device, etc. There is an easier way.
  • Download the tools
  • Open VS Code, look under Arduino Examples and open the GetStarted sample and run task cloud-provision in the VS Code terminal..

  • If you switch over to the Azure Portal, and look under your new IoT, then Devices - you should see your new device.

Part 2:

  • I took the code from the “GetStarted” sample found in VS Code and tweaked the Screen.print(0, "Unlock Door"); lines in the GetStarted.ino file in the Setup method.
  • Now on my deivce it prints the “Unlock Door” message in fancy yellow and displays the IP Address and waits for a message to be sent to IoT Hub.

Part 3:

  • Open Visual Studio and create a console application.
  • Add NuGet package : Microsoft.Azure.Devices (Service SDK for Azure IoT Hub)
  • I hardcoded my connection string (found in IoT Hub) and mocked the JSON data.
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using Microsoft.Azure.Devices;

namespace SendMessageToIoTHub
{
    class Program
    {
        static ServiceClient serviceClient;
        static string connectionString = "mykey";

        static void Main(string[] args)

        {
            serviceClient = ServiceClient.CreateFromConnectionString(connectionString);
            SendCloudToDeviceMessageAsync().Wait();
            Console.ReadLine();
        }

        private async static Task SendCloudToDeviceMessageAsync()
        {
            string mockedJsonData =

                "{ \"Locked\":true}";

            var commandMessage = new Message(Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes(mockedJsonData));
            await serviceClient.SendAsync("AZ3166", commandMessage);
        }
    }
}

Part 4:

  • The MX Board receives the message from IoT Hub
  • It prints the JSON message from the serviceClient code above to the board display.

Success! We could evolve this to toggle LEDs, deserialize the JSON, log the message, etc. The sky is the limit.

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