NodeMCU v2

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NodeMCU v2
Primary Contact Michael Erskine
Created 03/03/2016
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ESP8266 development board for wifi --Michael Erskine (talk) 13:39, 3 March 2016 (UTC)

So I sent off to China for a NodeMCU board (for £3.55 from at time of writing) thinking that it might be fun to have something that talks over wifi, then forgot all about it. When it arrived in the post yesterday I wondered how I use it! I plugged it into a Windows 7 development PC with the micro USB and Windows went off and installed the CP2102 UART bridge driver. So then it presented itself as a serial port in the Windows Device Manager. I pointed a terminal at it (the free and relatively open Teraterm Pro) and after some faffing worked out it wanted a 115k baudrate. A little web searching revealed that it is expecting AT commands and there's a magic command "AT+GMR" - Cool!

   AT version:  8 2015 14:45:58)
   SDK version:1.3.0
   Ai-Thinker Technology Co.,Ltd.
   Build: Sep 11 2015 11:48:04

But how do I load a LUA script onto it? The NodeMCU website says nowt, so a bit of web searching and it seems that Arduino IDE can be used - very cool!

The Boards Manager within recent Arduino releases takes care of the installation of toolchains and whatever magic that Arduino needs. It downloaded a metric shedload of stuff (153,527kb of who-knows-what!) and then...

    ets Jan  8 2013,rst cause:2, boot mode:(3,6)
   load 0x40100000, len 1396, room 16 
   tail 4
   chksum 0x89
   load 0x3ffe8000, len 776, room 4 
   tail 4
   chksum 0xe8
   load 0x3ffe8308, len 540, room 4 
   tail 8
   chksum 0xc0
   csum 0xc0
   2nd boot version : 1.4(b1)
     SPI Speed      : 40MHz
     SPI Mode       : DIO
     SPI Flash Size & Map: 8Mbit(512KB+512KB)
   jump to run user1 @ 1000
   n't use rtc mem data
   Ai-Thinker Technology Co.,Ltd.
   AT version:  8 2015 14:45:58)
   SDK version:1.3.0
   Ai-Thinker Technology Co.,Ltd.
   Build: Sep 11 2015 11:48:04

So in trying to use ESPlorer to send LUA command line commands I just get lots of errors but the AT commands work fine. So I'm thinking that a firmware update might save it. Not knowing what I actually have bought is a bit of a problem! There some comparisons here:

   2nd generation / v1.0 / V2
   The V2 fixes the short comings of the initial board, it’s more narrow and fits nicely into bread boards. The chip was upgraded from a ESP-12 to a ESP-12E.


First Jiffy Programs

Using the Arduino core: -

  • Using Arduino 1.6.5, I added support for the nodemcu with the Boards Manager...

First Project: Status Boards

Second Project: WiFi-enabled Banjo

Possible uses for said WiFi hotspot...

  • Change colour of lights.
  • Provide a link to our soundclound page.
  • Piratebox
  • Livestreaming from a microphone or small camera located inside banjo. Or pointed at the audience.
  • Rickrolling
  • Something that fucks with the people at Makerfaire in some way.
  • Tiny smoke machine