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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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Simple machine-to-machine communication

In the first project of this chapter, we are going to see a very simple case of M2M communication, where one ESP8266 Wi-Fi chip will send a trigger signal to another chip (via the cloud, of course), that will in response toggle the state of an LED. For the trigger, we'll use a simple push button connected to the first ESP8266.

Let's first assemble the hardware for this project. For the LED board, the hardware configuration is really easy: simply place the resistor in series with the LED, just as we already did in earlier chapters. Then, connect the resistor to pin 5 of the ESP8266, and the other pin to the ground.

This is the final result for the LED board:

For the board that will host the push button, first place the push button on the board, as well as the ESP8266. Then, connect the resistor to one side of the push button, and the other side of the resistor to the ground. Also connect pin 5 of this ESP8266 Wi-Fi chip to this side of the push button...