Lots happening today. Firstly one of you wrote in to say my serial terminal program was not handling WORD quotes too well (as often seen in blogs) – I should have known better, I’ve been designing CMS systems for years and WORD is always a pain in the ass to deal with – thanks to the reader who pointed this out – it is now fixed and you can get the ESP8266 Serial Terminal for Windows here. Just install over the old one if you already have it. While I was on – maybe it was a good night’s sleep – I remember all the things I remembered some of the lessons about simple design that I’d clearly forgotten when writing this (well to be fair this was my first stab at vb.net for a while)… and I’ve re-written the interface – you’ll find it cleaner, more room for important input and output, more fool proof and I’ve even added a progress bar.. because I could.
Then I received a parcel in the post from reader Danny, he sent me some bits from China for which I’m grateful including some little 3v3 regulator boards – handy in the circumstances and a handful of ESP-01 boards – which leads me to my next subject….
The little esp-httpd project promises a standalone board to turn something on and off – now that might not seem a lot of use but it could be a heating controller – and you could be talking to it from another board…. so the more ESP-01s we have the better!! The software has apparently had some updates, sadly the author did not seem to be keen on showing a Windows user, new to GIT, how to access the files. I eventually figured it out – you end up installing a whole load of mods to Windows just to grab some files – and then of course there’s the issue of compiling under Windows. I have the Cygwin compiler setup but I could not convince the files to compile. That one’s on the back boiler for me.
Finally – Souliss – great project for Ethernet based Arduinos – lets you remote control any number of different things – but Ethernet cards are expensive and more’s the point – getting a cable to them can be a royal pain – wouldn’t it be great if someone could develop software for Arduino to handle the ESP8266 with this software!! I did speak to someone at Souliss who didn’t seem to hopeful about WIFI and Souliss working together but… you never know.