ESP8266 Thing Development Board Hookup Guide

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Resources and Going Further

An astoundingly awesome community has grown around the ESP8266. We owe them big time for the amazing Arduino addon they’ve cooperatively built. For all of your ESP8266 needs, we recommend checking out the esp8266.com Community Forum. In addition to that, here are a few ESP8266-related resources we’ve found incredibly helpful:

The ESP8266 Thing is open source hardware! If you need, or just want to look at, the PCB design files, you can find them in our ESP8266 Thing Development Board GitHub repository.

Going Further

Need a little project inspiration, now that you’ve got your ESP8266 Thing up-and-running? With its deep sleep ability, the Thing is a great foundation for a WiFi-based weather station, a friendly, huggable, interactive plushy. Maybe some of these related SparkFun tutorials will help spur some ideas.

Weather Station Wirelessly Connected to Wunderground

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

Are You Okay? Widget

Use an Electric Imp and accelerometer to create an "Are You OK" widget. A cozy piece of technology your friend or loved one can nudge to let you know they're OK from half-a-world away.

LED Cloud-Connected Cloud

Make an RGB colored cloud light! You can also control it from your phone, or hook up to the weather!

Internet of Things Experiment Guide

The SparkFun ESP8266 Thing Dev Board is a powerful development platform that lets you connect your hardware projects to the Internet. In this guide, we show you how to combine some simple components to remotely log temperature data, send yourself texts and control lights from afar.

Or check out SparkFun’s project spotlight on the SparkFun Rogue Router for a Solar Powered File Server with the ESP8266:

Or check out some of these blog posts for ideas: