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Internet of Things with ESP8266

By : Marco Schwartz
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Internet of Things with ESP8266

By: Marco Schwartz

Overview of this book

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of objects such as physical things embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and connectivity, enabling data exchange. ESP8266 is a low cost WiFi microcontroller chip that has the ability to empower IoT and helps the exchange of information among various connected objects. ESP8266 consists of networkable microcontroller modules, and with this low cost chip, IoT is booming. This book will help deepen your knowledge of the ESP8266 WiFi chip platform and get you building exciting projects. Kick-starting with an introduction to the ESP8266 chip, we will demonstrate how to build a simple LED using the ESP8266. You will then learn how to read, send, and monitor data from the cloud. Next, you’ll see how to control your devices remotely from anywhere in the world. Furthermore, you’ll get to know how to use the ESP8266 to interact with web services such as Twitter and Facebook. In order to make several ESP8266s interact and exchange data without the need for human intervention, you will be introduced to the concept of machine-to-machine communication. The latter part of the book focuses more on projects, including a door lock controlled from the cloud, building a physical Bitcoin ticker, and doing wireless gardening. You’ll learn how to build a cloud-based ESP8266 home automation system and a cloud-controlled ESP8266 robot. Finally, you’ll discover how to build your own cloud platform to control ESP8266 devices. With this book, you will be able to create and program Internet of Things projects using the ESP8266 WiFi chip.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Internet of Things with ESP8266
Credits
About the Author
About the Reviewer
www.PacktPub.com
Preface
Index

Hardware and software requirements


Let's first see what we need for this project. As we just want to test the connection between an ESP8266 board and your own cloud server, we'll keep things simple here.

For the ESP8266, I again chose to use an Adafruit ESP8266 module, along with an FTDI USB module.

We'll simply connect two kinds of component to this board: an LED and a DHT11 sensor.

Of course, you'll need the usual breadboard and jumper wires.

This is a list of all the components that will be used in this chapter:

  • Adafruit ES8266 module (https://www.adafruit.com/products/2471)

  • FTDI USB module (https://www.adafruit.com/products/284)

  • LED (https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9590)

  • 330 Ohm resistor (https://www.sparkfun.com/products/8377)

  • DHT11 sensor (https://www.adafruit.com/products/11)

  • Breadboard (https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12002)

  • Jumper wires (https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9194)

On the software side, you will need the Arduino IDE and the aREST library, which we have already used earlier in...