Below code was working fine without using classes, after using class an error pops up: esp8266 is not defined in this scope


#define DEBUG true
// Housekeeping stuff for LCD display
#define I2C_ADDR    0x3F
#define BACKLIGHT_PIN     3
#define En_pin  2
#define Rw_pin  1
#define Rs_pin  0
#define D4_pin  4
#define D5_pin  5
#define D6_pin  6
#define D7_pin  7
lcd(I2C_ADDR, En_pin, Rw_pin, Rs_pin, D4_pin, D5_pin, D6_pin, D7_pin);

class baseFunctions {
    baseFunctions() {
      Serial.begin(115200); // Housekeeping stuff
      esp8266.begin(115200);  // Housekeeping stuff
      sendData("AT+RST\r\n", 2000, DEBUG); // reset module

      // Code for display
      lcd.begin (16, 2);
      lcd.setBacklightPin(BACKLIGHT_PIN, POSITIVE);
      lcd.setBacklight(HIGH); // Switch on the backlight
      lcd.home (); // go home
      lcd.print("In development");

      pinMode(8, OUTPUT);

    String sendData(String command, const int timeout, boolean debug) {
      String response = "";
      esp8266.print(command); // send the read characte to esp8266
      long int time = millis();
      while ( (time + timeout) > millis() ) {
        while (esp8266.available()) {
          // The esp has data so display its output to serial window
          char c = esp8266.read(); // read the next character
          response += c;
      if (debug) {
      return response;

    void connectToWifi() {
      sendData("AT+CWMODE=1\r\n", 3000, DEBUG); // Configure as clint
      sendData("AT+CWJAP=\"moto g\", \"hvats555\"\r\n", 5000, DEBUG);  // Connects to wifi

    String fetchJson() {
      StaticJsonBuffer<200> jsonBuffer;
      char json[] = "{\"power\":\"high\"}";
      JsonObject& root = jsonBuffer.parseObject(json);

      const char* power = root["power"];
      return power;

void setup() {
  baseFunctions go;

void loop() {

Here is the error

exit status 1
'esp8266' was not declared in this scope
  • 2
    It's right, you know. esp8266 has not been declared. Maybe you should declare it?
    – Majenko
    Nov 14 '17 at 15:49
  • code is working fine without using class Nov 14 '17 at 15:58
  • 1
    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because resolving compiling errors is not this part of the Arduino SE charter.
    – user31481
    Nov 14 '17 at 16:11
  • Oh I apologise. Nov 14 '17 at 16:16
  • 4
    @LookAlterno I disagree. Helping people to learn how to code their Arduinos is within our remit - and if that means solving the odd compilation problem then so be it
    – Majenko
    Nov 14 '17 at 16:34

When you added the class you obviously deleted/moved code into it from elsewhere.

One bit of code that you missed in that moving around will be the code that declares what esp8266 is:

SoftwareSerial esp8266(2,3); // for example

Find that in your original code and copy it across.

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