ESP8266 Reliability and ID

Questions for you C programming ESP8266 guys re: the ESP SDK (1.2.0) and some possibly important info on WIFI and MQTT reliability. In the SDK: wifi_station_set_hostname wifi_station_get_hostname HOST ID….  If you do an IP scan on a windows network – ESP units will coming up as IP addresses – and…

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Hackitt and Bodgitt discover Healthy Lighting

There has been a lot of talk in the press recently about the colour of lighting and it’s relevance to health. As far back as 2012, the BBC reported that NASA were to test “space-sleep colour-changing lights” on the international space station and since then there have been a number…

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Accessing ESP8266 Arrays in FLASH

A new challenge – the answer to which I will post in here. Accessing an ESP8266 C array in FLASH – i.e. never touching RAM until you actually access something.  One suggestion was to ensure you use 4-byte variables.. so I tried this – it compiled – the array is…

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Lua Revisited

Back in the dark ages when the ESP8266 was something new, I had a go at the nodeMCU software, essentially implementing the Lua language (or a subset of it) on the ESP8266.  At the time I was not familiar with Lua but thanks to some of the excellent resources out…

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ESP8266 Debug

So – I’ve learned quiet a lot in the past few days.. Watchdogs on the ESP8266 Since Espressif SDK 1.01 or thereabouts, watchdog timer operation seems to have changed – delays of any length even in init()  are out – or so it would seem? So I got onto Stanza…

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ESP8266 RESET

As often as not, when I reset an ESP8266 by using the system reset call in the SDK, after flashing – for example. if (strcmp(token, “id”) == 0) {                    if (isQuery) RESPONSE(“ID=%s\r\n”, sysCfg.base);                    else if (strlen(strValue)>=2){                        strcpy(sysCfg.base, strValue);                        CFG_Save();                        system_restart();                    } The unit does not come out of reset.. the…

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ESP8266 Bliss

You may have seen comments in here from Richard Burton about his bootloader. Well, I have to tell you – what a game-changer. If you look at a previous blog where I showed you how we’d moved code from the fairly normal 0x40000 starting point down to 0x20000 – freeing…

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ESP8266 SDK 1.11

Just a short one for those of you who’ve not tried the new Espressif SDK update yet (SDK 1.11).  I noted a pair of commands “system_param_load” and “system_param_save_with_protect” which appear to replace the need for the load and save functions that TuanPM uses in his code in /mqtt/config.c  – so…

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ESP8266 Test Board

I mentioned that Espressif were kind enough to send me a test board to play with – and very nice too. Not had time yet as I’m struggling with learning how to make an installer for my Node-Red package – with some great help from the guys involved with this….…

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Presents from Espressif

Let me start by explaining that Espressif are makers of fine WIFI gadgets.. specifically they have spawned a whole new lease of life for IOT… by producing a marvellous little chip that contains a complete processor, memory and WIFI interface needing only a tiny FLASH memory chip and a couple…

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Making ESP8266 Programming Easier

Updated 09 Apr 2015 – code fix: A little something here from my guest writer and friend Aidan who’s been working with me on the latest home control successes to follow after this blog! If you’ve successfully written and uploaded a piece of C code for the ESP8266 in any…

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