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ESP8266 Internet of Things Cookbook

By : Marco Schwartz
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ESP8266 Internet of Things Cookbook

By: Marco Schwartz

Overview of this book

The ESP8266 Wi-Fi Module is a self contained System on Chip (SOC) with an integrated TCP/IP protocol stack and can give any microcontroller access to your Wi-Fi network. It is capable of either hosting an application or offloading all Wi-Fi networking functions from another application processor. This book contains practical recipes that will help you master all ESP8266 functionalities. You will start by configuring and customizing the chip in line with your requirements. Then you will focus on core topics such as on-board processing, sensors, GPIOs, programming, networking, integration with external components, and so on. We will also teach you how to leverage Arduino using the ESP8266 and you'll learn about its libraries, file system, OTA updates, and so on. The book also provide recipes on web servers, testing, connecting with the cloud, and troubleshooting techniques. Programming aspects include MicroPython and how to leverage it to get started with the ESP8266. Towards the end, we will use these concepts and create an interesting project (IOT). By the end of the book, readers will be proficient enough to use the ESP8266 board efficiently.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
ESP8266 Internet of Things Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback

Getting started with MicroPython on the ESP8266

There are several things you have to set up before using MicroPython to program your ESP8266 board. We will be going through the setup process in this recipe. This way you will you know how to configure the ESP8266 board to be used with MicroPython.

Getting ready

All you need in this stage is your ESP8266 and a USB cable. Connect your ESP8266 board to your computer.

How to do it…

  1. The first thing you should do is download the latest MicroPython firmware from the following link:

  2. The .bin files for the MicroPython port for ESP8266 are under the Firmware for ESP8266 boards subheading. Download the latest stable firmware build.

  3. The next step is deploying the firmware. To do this, the ESP8266 chip has to be put in bootloader mode and then you copy across the firmware. The procedure for doing that depends on the board you are using. However, for the Adafruit Feather HUZZAH and NodeMCU boards, which have a USB connector and...