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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
About the Author
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Controlling an LED

First, we are going to see how to control a simple LED. The GPIO pins of the ESP8266 can be configured to realize many functions: inputs, outputs, PWM outputs, and also SPI or I2C communications. This first project will teach you how to use the GPIO pins of the chip as outputs:

  1. The first step is to add an LED to our project. These are the extra components you will need for this project:

    • 5 mm LED (

    • 330 Ohm resistor to limit the current in the LED (

  2. The next step is to connect the LED with the resistor to the ESP8266 board. To do so, the first thing to do is to place the resistor on the breadboard.

  3. Then, place the LED on the breadboard as well, connecting the longest pin of the LED (the anode) to one pin of the resistor.

  4. Then, connect the other end of the resistor to GPIO pin 5 of the ESP8266, and the other end of the LED to the ground.

    This is what it should look like at the end:

  5. We are now going to light...