ESP8266 Sensor Platform

This is a little wifi platform I’ve been developing to enable the creation of a bunch of cheap, always-on sensors. Sorry, my layout has gotten pretty messy - I’ll probably redo it for the next rev. (At this point, I’m still throwing ideas against the wall!) I’ll also be removing the linear regulator and one of the USB connectors.


  • Do you think it would be valuable to have an onboard processor to enable USB bootloading and debugging?
  • I should be able to fit this on the back of the board and keep it totally optional
  • Any thoughts on having a MicroUSB connecter versus a PCB connector?
  • Do you see any value in preserving ESP-01 capability?
  • Would you prefer specific footprints for a handful of sensors or a prototyping area to allow for greater flexibility?
  • What other capabilities would you want from a module like this?

Questions and criticisms welcome!

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Debug interface always have a value, but if you’re planning to sell your audiency may not care about it in these arduino days.

IMHO use a conector is better than the board, since you never know were in the field someone will place the board. The cable+connector will give an easier access to the interface.

About the specific footprints vs prototyping area it’s all about who are you targeting? Some time ago I was thinking in a platform like this one and my Idea was to use I2C and provide connectors around all modules to interface.

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