Home Control ESP Software Branding at Last

For far too long I’ve been sitting watching others give their ESP8266 home control software branding without following the trend. Having just spend umpteen solid hours updating the software, I’m taking the opportunity, merely for clarity, to go with the trend, The ESP8266 software, used extensively here and by blog…

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The Script and ESP8266 Code for Beginners

I’m often asked about setting up MQTT, Node-Red etc. on the likes of Raspberry Pi, NanoPi or similar, with a view to controlling ESP8266 devices. Novice readers start here Usually it is difficult for me to see this from a beginner perspective, but having spent 2 months in hospital thanks…

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16 Channels of PWM for ESP8266

This morning a little board turned up for me – the advert said “Smart Electronics” – but the board says Adafruit 16-channel 12-bit PWM board. At £1.38 each these represent EXCELLENT value – especially as the Adafruit originals are much more expensive. Nicely made with gold connections and all the…

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EMW3265 ESP8266 KILLER

Erm, no, though you might think so by this headline..  https://hackaday.com/2015/07/13/new-part-day-the-esp8266-killer Read the comments – the $5 ESP8266 – where?  $2 ESP8266 more like it – less, even – http://goo.gl/VB0V9K There’s even a claim that this new single-source board (Seeed Studio) has MORE memory – well at least one variation…

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Automatic Router Selection for ESP8266

I wonder if anyone who has done this can help.  As most of you know, I program my ESP8266 devices in C.  I’ve been having some issues with weak signal recently and it would be really nice to have a list of acceptable access points and their passwords – and…

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ESP8266 Remote Access

Notice I titled that remote access as against remote programming – but that’s part of it. Years ago, having gotten sick and tired of dismantling my home control Arduinos just to upgrade the code, I purchased a couple of small units from China which I’ve just thrown in the bin.  …

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QD Tech Displays on the ESP8266

I’ve seen a number of projects using an Arduino and an ESP8266 to drive LCD displays. You may know that my home control has used a 1284-based board (MEGA type) to run a nice Thermostat display for some time now. The displays look very pretty in the right box. THIS…

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EasyTransfer for ESP8266

I’m going to describe here the transmitting side of the EasyTransfer system as used in Arduino – the reason I did this was because I wanted to ship a bunch of binary data from the ESP8266 to the Arduino where I have a nice little wall mounted LCD display –…

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ESP8266 Mesh

Here it is – the ESP8266 Mesh English doc – who will be first to get this going? http://bbs.espressif.com/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=929   The Chinese docs have been out for some time as has the mesh SDK but the English docs just came out today – have fun.

ESP8266 Arduino NetIO Server Demo

This week as regular readers know I was far away from our little home in Spain – in fact I was at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)  in Boston, helping promote ESP8266 technology (why? because I could). Along the way I met up with Ivan Grokhotkov who as some of…

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FAB11–Boston

This coming Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday I’ll be working with Espressif CEO Swee-Ann Teo,  Jeroen Domburg, Ivan Grokkhotkov and others at FAB11 in Boston – demonstrating how to use the ESP8266 chips in home control and other applications.Heading off from Alicante first thing in the morning tomorrow (Sunday) and arriving late afternoon in…

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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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