Getting Started with the ESP8266

Alasdair Allan
21 min readJul 18, 2018

One of the drivers behind the explosive growth of network connected devices we’ve seen over the last year or two is the availability of cheap, capable, micro-controllers with built-in networking.

As a result, we’ve seen a large number of boards intended for the Internet of Things. Most of these take the “kitchen sink” approach throwing more, and different, radios onto the board. The ESP8266 is not one of those boards.

The ESP8266

The ESP8266 a micro-controller chip from Chinese manufacturer Espressif. Built around a…