Before I get started trying to write anything for the ESP8266, I decided to get a NodeMCU dev board:
This device uses a different chip to connect USB to serial instead of the ubiquitous FTDI chip. More about this here:
Mainly, it requires a different driver. I found reference to the driver here:
and if that link goes bad, the driver itself is here:
I unzipped the file into the directory CH341. I then updated the driver manually using that location and it worked perfectly. Even on my old Win XP system.
Connecting to the serial port, I was greeted with the LUA ‘>’ prompt.
I’m ready to write a simple script.