To those of you who have been doing IOT (home control etc.) for some time, the Sonoff Basic mains control units need no introduction – especially the older models – but the price right now for those models is worth noting – ordered directly from China (link above), free post, you could be looking at getting these for Christmas depending where you are? and for £3.52 each in pounds sterling or whatever equivalent you have? The sale is on until the end of December 2019 – I’ve taken advantage before they run out.
The original Sonoff Basic is a simple WIFI remote control unit as you see in the image, nothing special and not quite as pretty as the latest model but at this price do we care? The units are basic IOT bread and butter, with 10A max switching capability – and of course if you don’t like the on-board firmware these are easily converted to use Tasmota which is documented elsewhere on this blog. That’s what I’ll be doing with mine.
Two of them just turned up from Banggood… one has a dark blue end on the box, the other a light blue end. Both had quality ontrol stickers which said QC Pass but then the rest was in Chinese – not one of my strong points:-)
The instructions came in a range of languages. They are both the type with the two thick wires inside and the 2 way set of holes on board or programming.
So off I went to get the Flasher to program these new boards. I grabbed the Windows executable of the brand new “Tasmotizer” along with the latest Tasmota.bin image and with a couple of minutes I had two new working Sonoff Basics complete with Tasmota 188.8.131.52 – there’s nothing like being bang up-to-date..