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How to set up the Arduino IDE to program ESP8266 boards and modules

Posted by David Husselmann on

How to set up the Arduino IDE to program ESP8266 boards and modules

The ESP8266 can be programmed using the Arduino IDE, so this makes coding for the platform really easy.  There are a few steps to getting this to work: Download and install the latest Arduino IDE.  You'll need a recent version to access the new Board Manager features, so if you have a version older than 1.8.3, now is a great time to update. Install the ESP8266 board package.  Follow these steps: In File > Preferences, add the following URL into the Additional Board Manager URLs.http://arduino.esp8266.com/stable/package_esp8266com_index.jsonThis is what it should look like: Click OK to save, then go to Tools >...

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How to install the Arduino bootloader on an ATmega and program it just like an Arduino

Posted by Fritz Husselmann on

How to install the Arduino bootloader on an ATmega and program it just like an Arduino

Note: This guide covers installing the Arduino bootloader on ATmega processors so they can be programmed and used just like full Arduinos. For the guide on configuring the Arduino IDE to program ATtiny microcontrollers directly, click here. WARNING: breadboards.co.nz takes no responsibility for third-party software you install on your computer. We can't vouch for anything that you don't download from us. Sometimes you want to use an AVR microcontroller instead of a full-blown Arduino; after all, they can do anything an Arduino can, yet they are so much cheaper. The good news is, you don't have to use AVR Studio or...

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How to set up the Arduino IDE to program AVR ATtiny microcontrollers

Posted by Fritz Husselmann on

How to set up the Arduino IDE to program AVR ATtiny microcontrollers

Note: This guide covers setting up the IDE for programming ATtiny microcontrollers. For the guide on using the IDE to program ATmega processors, click here.  We also assume that you're using our usbasp programmer. WARNING: breadboards.co.nz takes no responsibility for third-party software you install on your computer. We can't vouch for anything that you don't download from us. Sometimes you want to use an AVR microcontroller instead of a full-blown Arduino; after all, they can do anything an Arduino can, yet they are so much cheaper. The good news is, you don't have to use AVR Studio or any special...

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