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December 15, 2008
Tutorial - ESP8266 Thing Development Board Hookup Guide
about 10 months ago
I had this issue as well, and after trying a few cables and power cycling a few times, I gave up.
However, I finally got back to looking at this board. It looks like the dev board variant uses a different reset style than the original Thing. If you run esptool directly from the command line and specify the nodemcu reset style (using the “-cd nodemcu” argument), it works perfectly.
I was about to submit a pull request to fix this, but it looks like it’s already been patched: https://github.com/esp8266/Arduino/commit/3a16bed4c2cd88d15521474ccde0f4752e58eb31. However, the stable version of the esp8266 Arduino package hasn’t been updated since then, so for now you’ll need to work around the problem, either by editing the boards.txt file yourself or following the instructions here to use the latest version from git: https://github.com/esp8266/Arduino
about a year ago
The FTDI chip is also capable of higher data rates (I have a project that pushes 2mbps to an Arduino Duemilanove) but this board is sadly hampered by the lack of headers that go to the FTDI’s flow control pins. Seems like an easy thing for Sparkfun to add, but so far it hasn’t been done.
about a year ago
Has anyone who has purchased one of these successfully signed up with their forums? This product looks interesting but the documentation is only available to customers with an invoice from a distributer. I’m not sure they will consider Sparkfun to be a distributer.
about a year ago
I imagine the circuit diagram looks exactly like a WS2812B LED strip. It’s just a chain of WS2812Bs with each DIN connected to the DOUT of another LED. According to the WS2812B datasheet, it’s 390-420 mcd per red LED, 660-720 mcd per green LED, and 180-200 mcd per blue LED. No idea about cooling.
The WS2812s act like a giant shift register. There’s no explicit addressing, so no potential address conflicts when chaining multiple displays together. You’re mainly limited by how fast you can update the display – longer chains take longer to update. I wouldn’t daisy-chain power, though.
Er, watt? 51W max/60 LEDs doesn’t make any sense. The WS2812s take up to 60 mA per LED (20 mA for each color). 5V * 60 mA * 60 LEDs = 18W. With 256 LEDs, this display could potentially take ~77W. I suppose 51W could be some sort of thermal limit that you shouldn’t exceed, but the “per 60 LEDs” spec still makes no sense.
If you’re wanting something portable, I’ve been able to drive a strip of 144 WS2812 LEDs (and an Arduino to control them!) directly off of a nominal 3.7v LiPo battery – no voltage boost required. YMMV.
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about 2 years ago
Arrrgghhh! The hardware flow control pins on the FTDI STILL aren’t brought out like they are on the Duemilanove!
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about 3 years ago
Reading the US ITC’s exclusion order, it sounds like Fluke can authorize imports. I hate seeing useful things be destroyed, especially an an environment cost. It would be nice if Fluke permitted Sparkfun to import these meters on the condition that 1) they are donated, and possibly 2) that they are modified (e.g. by a quick paint job) to not infringe on Fluke’s trade dress.
From the letter, it sounds like you can export them anywhere that Fluke does not have that particular trademark claim. Throw them up on eBay?
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