Explore Labs ESP8266 WiFi Internet of Things (IoT) Breakout is based on the widely popular ESP8266EX SoC from Espressif.Designed by Explore Labs in India
Explore Labs ESP8266 WiFi Internet of Things (IoT) Breakout is based on the widely popular ESP8266EX SoC from Espressif. ESP8266 is a low power chip designed for mobile, wearable and Internet of Th...Read More…
Explore Labs ESP8266 WiFi Internet of Things (IoT) Breakout is based on the widely popular ESP8266EX SoC from Espressif. ESP8266 is a low power chip designed for mobile, wearable and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. ESP8266EX integrates Tensilica L106 32-bit micro controller (MCU) which features extra low power consumption and 16-bit RISC.
There are different modules available like the ESP-01, ESP-12E but either they are not breadboard friendly, or lack the pins made available to the end user. We solved this problem by designing our board from scratch using the IC itself.
This breakout gives you all the standard features of Serial-to-WiFi functionality for which ESP8266 is known for with added advantages of more GPIO pins made accessible to user which can be used to take benefits from ESP8266’s integrated 32-bit 80MHz microcontroller CPU.
Unlike other low-cost modules, Explore Labs ESP8266 WiFi Internet of Things (IoT) Breakout is breadboard friendly, supports input voltage from 3.3V to 5V and its level-shifted Tx, Rx pins are 5V compatible.
Explore Labs ESP8266 WiFi Internet of Things (IoT) Breakout has the following features:
ESP8266 is a very interesting WiFi SoC with on-board TCP/IP protocol stack at very low-cost providing unlimited possibilities. It can give WiFi network access to any of your microcontroller based projects. It can be used to host any network application or off-load any networking from your existing application.
At first impression, it looks like a normal Serial-to-WiFi adapter which can be used with AT-command sets. But what most of the people are missing here is that it is a highly integrated SoC with a fully programmable microcontroller which is capable of doing general processing alongside WiFi connectivity and networking communication
Its power saving architecture works in 3 modes - Active mode, Sleep mode and Deep Sleep mode.
There is a 2.4 GHz PCB Antenna which has better range than chip antenna. EAGLE File for this antenna is made available in the Explore Labs EAGLE Library.
FTDI compatible pinout so you can plug in an FTDI or console cable to upload firmware and read/write debugging information via the UART.
Explore Labs ESP8266 WiFi Internet of Things (IoT) Breakout comes pre-loaded with a stable release of NodeMCU Lua based firmware [stable v0.9.6] which enables you to use Nodemcu LUA based commands to easily use various features of the chip like GPIO interfacing and connecting to a WiFi access point. More resources available here at: Wi-Fi, GPIO.
It is possible to upload Arduino compatible programs into the flash memory of ESP8266 but, the nodemcu firmware image will get overwritten and nodemcu lua will stop working as it will be replaced with the Arduino code in the flash memory. However, it is possible to reflash the chip with nodemcu firmware again using ESP Flasher tool under windows or esptool.py python utility under Linux, MAC OS X.
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