Electronic enthusiasts may be interested in a new ESP32 based board launched via Crowd Supply this month in the form of the wESP32 which offers both wired ethernet connectivity and power over ethernet. “With 15 of the ESP32 GPIOs exposed, there’s so much you can do with this… This looks like it’ll be a pretty cool little board to work with.” Watch the demonstration video below to learn more about the functionality, design and features of the wESP32 board.
Available to early bird backers from $45 the wESP32 early bird kit is now available with worldwide shipping expected to take place during the middle of December 2018. Free shipping is available throughout the United States or worldwide for an extra $8.
“The wESP32 is an ESP32-based core board with wired Ethernet connectivity and power over Ethernet (PoE) that was designed to help you quickly create zero-setup, single-wire-installation connected devices. By combining a powerful microcontroller with excellent community support, 13 W of available power, reliable connectivity, and a compact footprint, the wESP32 gives you a head start in your next IoT design and lets you focus on your application.”
Possibilities and example applications with the wESP32 include :
– If you want to connect an IoT device to a standard network, you need Wi-Fi or Ethernet.
– Both Wi-Fi and Ethernet are power hungry. So if you use either of them you likely will need wall power.
– If you need wall power, your “wireless” connected device suddenly becomes “wired” again.
– From a reliability point of view, a wired Ethernet connection is more reliable than Wi-Fi, especially when you start to connect many devices to a network.
– When it comes to setup, Ethernet is much simpler and more secure than Wi-Fi. With Wi-Fi, your IoT device needs a way to inject credentials to connect to the network. With Ethernet, you just plug it in and you’re securely connected.
– Since you already need a wire for power, why not combine the two and just have a single wire for power and connectivity?
– Ethernet wiring is low-voltage and can be done by anyone, while for wall wart power you need to hire a licensed electrician to install an outlet.
For full specifications and a complete list of all available purchasing options jump over to the Crowd Supply website by following the link below.
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