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ESP8266 Home Automation Projects

By : Catalin Batrinu, Constantin Tambrea
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ESP8266 Home Automation Projects

By: Catalin Batrinu, Constantin Tambrea

Overview of this book

The ESP8266 is a low-cost yet powerful Wi-Fi chip that is becoming more popular at an alarming rate, and people have adopted it to create interesting projects. With this book, you will learn to create and program home automation projects using the ESP8266 Wi-Fi chip. You will learn how to build a thermostat to measure and adjust the temperature accordingly and how to build a security system using the ESP8266. Furthermore, you will design a complete home automation system from sensor to your own cloud. You will touch base on data monitoring, controlling appliances, and security aspects. By the end of the book, you will understand how to completely control and monitor your home from the cloud and from a mobile application. You will be familiar with the capabilities of the ESP8266 and will have successfully designed a complete ready-to-sell home automated system.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback
Building a Home Thermostat with the ESP8266
Using ESP8266 to Build a Security System

Chapter 1. Getting Started with the ESP8266

It is impossible not to hear about the Internet of Things (IoT), which is starting to enter into our homes and our lives, together with the necessity of consuming and controlling a huge amount of data every day. We all carry an internet-connected smartphone and we are able to instantly find and connect with people around the world.

If we are able to connect and discuss with people around the world, why not control our houses, our cars, and our offices from our smartphone? This is where the IoT comes into the picture and lets us connect almost any object to the internet.

Currently, there are a few chips that are capable of internet connection in the market but one little fellow has attracted developers' attention because of its features and price.

This chip is ESP8266, a low-cost TCP/IP and a Wi-Fi enabled microcontroller developed by EspressIf Systems, a company located in Shanghai, and we will find out more about it in this book. In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • Installing Arduino IDE
  • Configuring the Arduino IDE for ESP8266
  • Discovering ESP8266
  • Connecting your ESP to a Wi-Fi network