Huzzah ESP8266 Dev Board (Hackaday Edition)

Hackaday-Branded Huzzah ESP8266 Development Board

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  • Breadboard-friendly breakout PCB
  • FCC/CE Certified ESP8266 Module (on-board)
  • Integrated voltage regulator
  • Indicator LED
  • Pushbuttons
  • Level shifting on the UART & RST pins
  • Protected power inputs
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Hackaday Review

Add Internet to your next project with an adorable, bite-sized WiFi microcontroller, at a price you like! The ESP8266 processor from Espressif is an 80 MHz microcontroller with a full WiFi front-end (both as client and access point) and TCP/IP stack with DNS support as well. While this chip has been very popular, its also been relatively difficult to use. Most of the low cost modules are not breadboard friendly, don't have an onboard 500mA 3.3V regulator or level shifting, and aren't CE or FCC emitter certified....UNTIL NOW!

The HUZZAH ESP8266 breakout designed by Adafruit and Hackaday-Branded Black for maximum coolness makes working with this chip super easy and a lot of fun. The Adafruit gang took a certified module with an onboard antenna, and plenty of pins, and soldered it onto breakout PCBs. Included is:

  • the all-important Reset button
  • User button that can also put the chip into bootloading mode
  • Red LED you can blink
  • Level shifting on the UART and reset pin
  • 3.3V out, 500mA regulator (you'll want to assume the ESP8266 can draw up to 250mA so budget accordingly)
  • Two diode-protected power inputs (one for a USB cable, another for a battery)

For complete details on using this board, checkout the Adafruit product page.

ESP8266 Makes Wifi Easy!

ESP8266 is a highly integrated chip designed for the needs of a new connected world. It offers a complete and self-contained Wi-Fi networking solution, allowing it to either host the application or to offload all Wi-Fi networking functions from another application processor.  It is super easy to use supporting both AT Commands (via UART / COM port), also NodeJS thru the NodeMCU firmware, as well as traditional embedded software development via SDK.  There is also awesome support for the ESP8266 using Arduino available from Adafruit

Programming the ESP8266 from the PC or MAC requires a USB-Serial adapter and though the wiring used to be a bit fuzzy (requiring a breadboard to get the connections right and get the levels correct (ESP8266 is 3V3 and USB is 5V0)) this board addresses all of these challenges in a super clean way! 

[Does not include a USB-Serial Adapter]


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