We are now stocking the SparkFun ESP8266 Thing and the deceptively similar SparkFun ESP8266 Thing Dev Board

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The SparkFun ESP8266 Thing is based on the ESP8266 WiFi SoC. It enables you to easily create WiFi enabled projects and is Arduino compatible at a very low cost. Both boards allow easy access to the ESP8266 pins and provide features like voltage regulation, power switch and indicator LED.

Get started in the Internet of Things revolution! The easily programmable boards can be hooked up to control relays, motors or lights and gather information from sensors like temperature or moisture readings. You can program them easily using the familiar Arduino software.

Both boards look similar, so what is the difference between the SparkFun ESP8266 Thing and the Dev version?

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SparkFun ESP8266 Thing

SparkFun ESP8266 Thing Dev Board

 

SparkFun ESP8266 Thing

SparkFun ESP8266 Thing - Dev Board

Feature

   

All module pins broken out

Y

Y

On Board LiPo Charger / Power supply

Y

 
PCB holes for 2-pin JST, 2-pin 3.5mm screw terminal, or a simple 0.1"-pitch 2-pin header  

Y

802.11 b/g/n

Y

Y

Wi-Fi Direct (P2P), soft-AP

Y

Y

Integrated TCP/IP protocol stack

Y

Y

Integrated TR switch, balun, LNA, power amplifier and matching network

Y

Y

Integrated PLLs, regulators, DCXO and power management units

Y

Y

Integrated low power 32-bit CPU could be used as application processor

Y

Y

+19.5dBm output power in 802.11b mode

Y

Y

On-board FTDI USB-to-Serial

 

Y

PCB trace antenna

 

Y

U.FL Connector for external antenna

Y

Y

     

The Thing Dev board is intended for development so it includes a built in FTDI chip enabling you to plug in a USB cable to program it. It also has a PCB trace antenna that is good for connecting at short range. A U.FL connector is on both boards to allow an antenna to be connected for range or outside of an enclosure.

The Thing board is made for installation. It includes a LiPo charger and a JST connector.