This guide is your starting point for the ESP8266 WiFi Color Display Kit. Read these instructions first before you start soldering. Before you start make sure that you have all the components ready. In addition to the components in the kit you’ll also need:
- Soldering iron
- Isolating tape
- Cutting plier for removing the SD card holder or desoldering braid
The description here is not the only way to put together the kit. But it helps you to get a compact version of it.
Please note: The Kit has slightly changed. This video helps you soldering the latest version:
1. Make sure you have everything
Before we start make sure you have all the components ready: the display module (left), the PCB (bottom right), the ESP8266 module (top middle) and the two pin header rows
2. Do a dry run
Put together everything first without soldering and make sure it make sense. There are different ways you can place the pin headers. If you do like on the picture you’ll have to solder the pin headers First to the ESP8266 module and only then to the PCB
3. Prepare the display module
In order to have a display which uses the least space possible we’ll have to modify the display module a bit. We’ll have to remove the SD card holder. Depending on your skills you can either use desoldering braid or just cut the SD card holder off the module with a pointy cutting plier
4. Use the isolation tape
You don’t want the pins of the ESP8266 to accidentally have a short circuit with the display board. To be sure we tape off the part below the connector board:
5. Put PCB, the pin headers and the Wemos together
There are several options how you can do that. The one showed here has the advantage that you could later solder a battery extension on top of the Wemos board. Make sure that the PCB has the correct orientation!
6. Solder the PCB to the display module
As the last step in the hardware setup we have to solder the connector PCB to the display board.
7. Development Environment Setup
For the Software Setup please follow the instructions in the respective chapters of the WeatherStation Classic Guide, which you can download here: WeatherStation Getting Started Guide
8. The Weather Station Color Setup Instructions
Please download the zip file or clone the project from here:
Please make sure, that your settings in the Arduino IDE look like this:
The readme also lists additional libraries you have to install.
A ridiculous amount of coffee was consumed in the process of building this project. Add some fuel if you'd like to keep me going!