I recently started using the ESP8266 12E (Amazon link) and hooked the board up to the Arduino IDE.
When trying to run any of the example sketches, all sketches compile and upload correctly. The blink sketch correctly causes the LED to blink, however, in the serial monitor a varying and large quantity of junk characters appear:
The first thing I investigated was of course the baud rate. Online, documentation for the ESP8266 indicate 115200 as the correct baud rate, but on the bottom of the device, the baud rate is listed as 9600.
The junk characters, of course, appear whether the baud rate is 9600 or 115200. Using trial-and-error, I tried each other option. I've also tried several USB to micro-USB (c) cables. They're the same ones I use to charge my phone - is that the issue?
Am I missing something simple here? I searched each of the other Stack Exchange questions about garbage serial monitor values and they all seemed to indicate that the baud rate was the culprit, or that the CL / NR values needed to be changed. Experimentation with these did not result in removing the characters.