Send data to AWS IoT MQTT broker

In this section we'll explore how to send data from your flow to AWS IoT MQTT broker.  The instructions here are specific to the AWS broker, but the principals are the same for any MQTT broker.

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Create an AWS account

If you don't already have one, the first thing to do is create an AWS account by going to 

Create a Policy and Thing

You'll need to create a Policy to associate with your Thing.  To do this, go to IoT Device Management in the Internet of Things section of Services

Expand the Secure menu, select Policies, and then Create a new policy

Give your policy a name and then set the policy action to "iot.*" so that all actions are available.  Since we're only testing here, you can set the Resource ARN to "*" as well so that you have access to everything.

Make sure that you select the Allow checkbox and then click Create.

You can now create a Thing from the Manage menu

Create a certificate in the second step of Thing creation

Download the certificate and private key and Activate the certificate

Now you need to attach the policy created earlier to your Thing and register it

Configure the AWS MQTT node in your Thingstream flow

We've already covered creating and deploying a flow, so here we will just look at adding and configuring the AWS MQTT node to an existing flow.

You'll find the AWS MQTT node in the AWS section of the node palette.  Connect that to your flow and double click to configure.

Select the pencil icon to the right hand side of the Server box to update the details of the AWS IoT MQTT connection.

You'll find the Server endpoint value in the AWS console (see AWS screen below).  Just copy and paste it to the Server box in your flow.

The client ID should match the name of the Thing you created in AWS

You should upload the certificate and private key that you downloaded earlier when you created the Thing in AWS and then click update.

Go back to AWS, select Test from the menu and then subscribe to the topic that you told the AWS MQTT node in Thingstream to publish to

Now when the flow executes, you'll see the payload published in the AWS console