ESP8266 Weather Station
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ESP8266 Weather Station

Getting Started Guide

About the Book

The ESP8266 is a programmable chip similar to the Arduino microcontrollers but it can be easily connected to a WiFi network. This guide helps you to get started with your first Internet-of-Things (IoT) project: a crisp OLED display shows weather information on several side-scrolling screens. In a first part the guide covers which hardware components to use, which software to install and how to configure the demo code to display weather information for your city. Summaries at the end of each chapter help to understand what has been accomplished. Info boxes explain important expressions and technologies to beginners.

In the second part of the book three more projects are introduced: a plane spotting tool which fetches information from the internet about the planes that are above your head, a world clock which displays times in various timezones together with beautiful icons. Do you want to measure temperature and humidity outside your house? The ClimateNode project explains how to do that.

About the Author

Daniel Eichhorn
Daniel Eichhorn

Daniel Eichhorn was born 1978 in Switzerland and works as a Software Engineer in Zurich, Switzerland. Learning and reading has always been an important part in his live and so it was only logical that he would start writing and creating books eventually. Daniel is an expert in Java and large scale transaction systems. In the last years he has returned to his childhood hobby and enjoys now creating and blogging about IoT projects evolving around the ESP8266 chip.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Required Hardware
    • ESP8266 Module
    • OLED Display
    • Wires & Cables
  • Tool Setup
    • Download and Install the Serial Driver
    • The Arduino IDE
    • Install the ESP8266 tool chain
    • Testing the Setup: WiFi Scanner
    • Trouble Shooting
    • Summary
  • ESP8266 Programming Basics
    • Preparation
    • The Arduino Sketch
    • Hello World: The serial console
    • Input/Output: GPIO pins
    • Interrupts
    • Measuring analog signals
    • WiFi
    • HTTP
  • Using External Components
    • Preparation
    • Connecting the Display
    • Displays, Drivers and Protocols
    • Driver Initialization
    • Basic Drawing Operations
    • Hello World
    • More Drawing Methods
    • The DHT Sensor
    • Wiring the Sensor
    • Installing the Libraries
    • Using the Sensor
  • The ESP8266 WeatherStation
    • Installing the libraries
    • Open the Weather Station Example
    • Getting the OpenWeatherMap API Key
    • Configuring the Weather Station
    • Connecting the Hardware
    • First Run
    • Summary
  • The WeatherStation Code Explained
    • The JSON Streaming Parser
    • Conclusion
  • Collecting and Displaying Local Data
    • The Climate Node Setup
    • Thingspeak Setup
    • Programming the Climate Node
    • Displaying the data on the WeatherStation
  • More Projects
    • The ESP8266 PlaneSpotter
    • The ESP8266 WorldClock

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