[NTLK] Internal WiFi Project

Jake Bordens jake at allaboutjake.com
Thu Apr 7 17:42:48 EDT 2016

On 4/7/16, 5:11 PM, "newtontalk-bounces at newtontalk.net on behalf of Matthias Melcher" <newtontalk-bounces at newtontalk.net on behalf of mm at matthiasm.com> wrote:

>But back to the original post: there is no pressure without counterpressure. So while Qualcomm and Wireach try to gag us with a $80 module, the Chinese market has produced a WLan module ESP8266 that contains all the same encryption plus a fast RISC CPU and 512k of firmware Flash for $3 (yes, three) with no export restrictions whatsoever.

This is a great idea.  Really the hard part is getting a PPPD server running on the ESP8266 for use with NIE... Based on what I've seen of the ESP8266, I don't see why it couldn't be done, but its not available out of the box, as far as I know. The PPPD was what drove me to wth WiReach, if that could be found on other hardware, all the better.

It does have pretty high current requirements (~400mA peak) so I think you'll still need the switching regulator.

The ESP8266 has a very small footprint.   I could think of a few other things to squeeze on a board like this :)


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