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Here are a couple threads that might help with programming ECOPlugs that have ESP8266 modules inside:http://homeautomation.proboards.com/thread/254/esp...http://homeautomation.proboards.com/thread/255/sol...Caution, not all ECOPlugs use ESP8266 modules. See this thread:http://homeautomation.proboards.com/thread/256/hel...
I also worked with a WorkChoice 1 Ol Wi-Fi Indoor Switch that looks the same inside as your pictures. To program it with an augmented Arduino IDE, I also had to ground CHIP_EN pin (the one below VCC) besides grounding GPIO0. A large capacitor across ESP8266 VCC & GND pins also helped. I had trouble soldering to the pads so I made a programming jig. See this site for the writeup: http://homeautomation.proboards.com/thread/255/solved-flashing-lastest-esp8266-ecoplug
This Instructables author started a forum about this DIY Home Automation project. That forum is still in operation at http://homeautomation.proboards.com/board/2/openha...On the forum the project has been refined & expanded to address concerns raised by the author & others. Lately, besides using RFM69 radios on Arduinos, ESP8266 WiFi devices are getting more attention. We invite you to take a look at the forum, maybe learn, maybe contribute. - Papa, Global Moderator
As this Uber instructables' author noted at the top, he created a forum at this location to collaborate on this project. I recently become the forum moderator. The forum has a much refined version of the DIY Home Automation system: The gateway there needs only one Arduino. Communication is bidirectional: Not only do sensors send data via the gateway. DC (garage door openers) & AC (lights) devices can be turned on & off via OpenHAB programming. The forum has several step by step tutorials, including Building a Home Automation Network (Beginners).On the forum, you can ask for help from forum members. Much of the forum's wealth of information is indexed. Come visit the forum & collaborate on this neat & practical project. - papa
Greetings, I saw this Instructable two years ago & found it very inspiring, but it got even better. This instructable's author created a forum where this Home Automation project was refined & enhanced (like two way communication & controlling things besides getting sensor data) & one can get help doing this project. Come check the forum at http://homeautomation.proboards.com/board/2/openhab-rfm69-based-arduino -papa
I have provided detailed documentation on using Buono Uno Arduino compatibles to build a version of CompuTourist's design AND troubleshooting athttp://homeautomation.proboards.com/thread/62/success-home-automation-arduinos-rfm69s?page=2