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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

Connecting ESP8266 to Wi-Fi

Until now, you have installed and configured the Arduino IDE for ESP8266 and learned how to control a LED, read an analog input, and dim a LED.

Now it is time to connect ESP8266 to Wi-Fi. Include ESP8266's Wi-Fi library and set up the SSID name and the Wi-Fi password:

#include <ESP8266WiFi.h> 
const char* ssid     = "your_wifi_name"; 
const char* password = "your_wifi_password"; 

In the setup section, Serial is started and configured to send data at 115200 bps; a 10 ms delay is added to allow Serial to finish and the GPIO from 12 to 15 are configured as output and their value is set to LOW:

void setup() { 
pinMode(12, OUTPUT); 
pinMode(13, OUTPUT); 
pinMode(14, OUTPUT); 
pinMode(15, OUTPUT); 

We will start by connecting to a Wi-Fi network:

Serial.print("Connecting to "); 
WiFi.begin(ssid, password); 

We wait until the status indicates that ESP8266 is connected to the Wi-Fi network. After this, the Wi-Fi connected message is displayed along with the IP address assigned to it by the router. Your router needs to be DHCP capable and have the DHCP feature enabled:

while (WiFi.status() != WL_CONNECTED) { 
Serial.println("WiFi connected");   
Serial.println("IP address: "); 

In the loop section, the code checks to see whether the chip is connected to Wi-Fi and if this is true, the green LED will light on the Witty module:

void loop() 
if(WiFi.status() == WL_CONNECTED) 
digitalWrite(12, HIGH);   


As an exercise, you can light the RED led if there is no connectivity to your router, and the green LED otherwise.

The Serial Monitor will show the IP address assigned by the router, as follows: