For most of the newbies to IOT, ESP8266 is a holy grail and becouse there is no good documentation on ESP8266 ,they start to get confused .ESP8266 is very new it was developed my chinese manufacturer after that it has become popular in 2014 .In this instructable I will try to help you guys in problems that usually ESP8266 beginners face and after that I will brief you programming of esp8266.
If you want to know ESP8266 in detail then this video is for you
problem 1:choosing the version of esp8266
The first obvious confusion is the version .
If you are new then go for esp8266 esp-01 ,the problem with this version is number of GPIO(general purpose i/o) pins but this is not the concern for you being beginner.You will get lots of tutorials and projects on this version.
problem 2:choosing the programming language
ESP8266 is a self contained SOC (system on chip) so it can be programmed as a standalone chip.
- lua language
- c++(arduino IDE)
choose any one of them ,well i chose c++ because i am more comfortable with arduino IDE.
apart of programming it u can use it as a slave to receive and transmit data to microcontrollers like arduino(atmel atmega328) by AT commands .
Here comes the big problem CONNECTION.
I have divided this problem in two parts:
- connection to arduino: if you are connecting it with arduino then it is easy just give 3.3v to vcc and chip enable ,gnd to gnd,rx->tx ,tx->rx.But if you giving power to it by some power source then make sure gnd of source and gnd of arduino is connected.
- connection using usb to ttl converter: rx->tx ,tx->rx,vcc->3.3,chip enable->3.3,gnd->gnd
These connections are for AT command mode if you are planning to program esp8266 then you have to connect GPIO0 to gnd.
If you are getting uploading error then remove the power source (vcc) and quickly connect it to esp8266 and without giving any delay click upload .
If you are programming it through arduino IDE go to tools and change flash mode to DOUT if your code is not running in ESP8266.
NOW get familiar with this wifi module .Follow these steps
Step 1: AT Commands
First use AT commands to program ESP8266 ,It will help you to understand esp8266 more.
GO to this video for learning AT command sets
get required AT commands :http://www.pridopia.co.uk/pi-doc/ESP8266ATCommands...
Step 2: Connect It to Arduino
make a Arduino program to give AT commands in sequence .
This video is really good go through this
Step 3: Program It Using Arduino IDE
flash a c++ program to esp8266 using arduino IDE.
start by connecting to wifi network
You can take help of these super simple video tutorials and make cool things out of esp8266
If you have any doubt just leave a comment below I will try to help you out.