Electric Imp Breakout Hookup Guide

Contributors: Jimb0, ShawnHymel
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Resources and Going Further

Now that you know how to hook up the imp and its Breakout, what project will you be making with it? Will you be adding to the “Internet of Things”? Need some inspiration? Check out some of these products and projects:

Wireless Arduino Programming with Electric Imp

Reprogram your Arduino from anywhere in the world using the Tomatoless Boots wireless bootloader with the Electric Imp.

Weather Station Wirelessly Connected to Wunderground

Build your own open-source, official Wunderground weather station that connects over WiFi via an Electric Imp.

Arduino Wireless Communication via the Electric Imp

How to communicate between an Electric Imp and Arduino using serial.

If you’re looking to interface an imp with an Arduino, check out the Electric Imp Shield. We’ve also written a tutorial on communicating via serial between the imp and Arduino.


The folks at Electric Imp have loads of great resources on their wiki. Among the many links on that page, these ones stand out for being extra helpful:

  • Electric Imp API Reference - Here you’ll find all of the imp-specific functions.
  • Electric Imp Developer Forums - There’s a wealth of knowledge in the imp community. If you’ve got a question, search for an answer here, or start a new topic.
  • imp Card Datasheet - A good datasheet for the imp (now called the imp001). You’ll find electrical characteristics here, along with other useful info.
  • imp002 Datasheet - The datasheet for the imp002 module.

If you’re still left with imp-related questions, try consulting their forums.