I am trying to send MFRC522 data to a C# application through a NodeMCU acting as an access point for the C# app. I have modified the code I got from this site.

#include ESP8266WiFi.h>
#include SPI.h>
#include MFRC522.h>

const char* AP_SSID ="IoT4143" ;
const char* AP_PASSWORD ="iot4143";

#define RST_PIN D3
#define SS_PIN D4

MFRC522 mfrc522(SS_PIN, RST_PIN);  // Create MFRC522 instance

WiFiServer server(80);
WiFiClient client;

void wifiConnect() {

  int watchDog = 0;
  while (WiFi.status() != WL_CONNECTED) {
    if(watchDog == 60) {
      watchDog = 0;

void setup() {
  SPI.begin();      // Init SPI bus
  mfrc522.PCD_Init();   // Init MFRC522
  mfrc522.PCD_DumpVersionToSerial();  // Show details of PCD - MFRC522 Card Reader details
  Serial.println(F("Scan PICC to see UID, SAK, type, and data blocks..."));

void loop() {
  //Are we connected to WiFi?
  if(WiFi.status() != WL_CONNECTED) {

  //Wait for a connection attempt
  client = server.available();
  if (!client) {

  // Wait until the client sends some data
  int watchDog = 0;
  while(!client.available()) {
    if(watchDog == 10000) {
      watchDog = 0;

void sendData() {
  // Read the first line of the request
  String request = client.readStringUntil('\r');

  // Match the request
  while(request=="READSTOP") {
    Serial.println("RFID READING STARTED..."); //Forward to C# App
    if (!mfrc522.PICC_IsNewCardPresent()) {
    // Select one of the cards
    if (!mfrc522.PICC_ReadCardSerial()) {
    // Dump debug info about the card; PICC_HaltA() is automatically called
  Serial.println("RFID READING STOPPED"); //Stop server

I am very new to hardware/network programming. I don't know what will be possible errors in this code and whether it will work or not.

When I verified the code in the Arduino IDE, there was an error on this line of code:


error:= no matching function for call to 'WiFiClient::print(MFRC522::Uid&)'

When the connect button in the application is clicked the "READSTART" string is sent to NodeMCU and when disconnect is clicked the "READSTOP" string is sent.

Please help!

  • client.print(mfrc522.uid)); How many opening and closing parentheses do you count in that line? Hmm...?
    – dda
    Dec 29 '17 at 12:11
  • Sorry it was a typo even after i corrected that i got the same error.. Dec 29 '17 at 12:18

MFRC522::uid is a struct (see source code). There's no defined way to print it.

If you want to write the raw bytes over the TCP connection, you can just use

client.write((uint8_t*)mfrc522.uid.uidByte, mfrc522.uid.size);

If you want to write it as ASCII text, you can use the following:

void byte_to_str(char* buff, uint8_t val) {  // convert an 8-bit byte to a string of 2 hexadecimal characters
  buff[0] = nibble_to_hex(val >> 4);
  buff[1] = nibble_to_hex(val);

char nibble_to_hex(uint8_t nibble) {  // convert a 4-bit nibble to a hexadecimal character
  nibble &= 0xF;
  return nibble > 9 ? nibble - 10 + 'A' : nibble + '0';

void printHEX(Stream &s, uint8_t *data, size_t length) {
  char *buffer = new char[length*2];
  for (size_t i = 0; i < length; i++) {
    byte_to_str(&buffer[i*2], data[i]);
  s.write(buffer, length*2);
  delete[] buffer;

Then use it like this:

  printHEX(client, mfrc522.uid.uidByte, mfrc522.uid.size);

It loops over all bytes in the UID, converts them to ASCII (hexadecimal representation, so 2 characters per byte), and then writes the text over the TCP connection.

(Note that there are many other problems with your code as well, e.g. the includes are missing the opening '<'.)

  • Thank you @tttapa for your explanation, the includes missing '<' was purposly done other than that what could be the possible errors/problems you are taking abt???? Dec 29 '17 at 13:29
  • In file included from \libraries\ESP8266WiFi\src/ESP8266WiFi.h:39:0, from \typrojectTRY1.ino:1: src/WiFiClient.h: In instantiation of 'size_t WiFiClient::write(T&, size_t) [with T = unsigned char [10]; size_t = unsigned int]': \typrojectTRY1.ino:103:53: required from here libraries\ESP8266WiFi\src/WiFiClient.h:123:36: error: request for member 'available' in 'source', which is of non-class type 'unsigned char [10]' (part1/2) Dec 29 '17 at 13:46
  • size_t left = source.available(); \libraries\ESP8266WiFi\src/WiFiClient.h:127:5: error: request for member 'read' in 'source', which is of non-class type 'unsigned char [10]' source.read(buffer.get(), will_send); Error compiling for board NodeMCU 1.0 (ESP-12E Module); part(2/2) now i am getting this error seriously i don't what it means i am a c# programmer. Dec 29 '17 at 13:46
  • @VenkateshShiga : I updated my answer. You have to cast it to a uint8_t*.
    – tttapa
    Dec 29 '17 at 14:29
  • Thank you,i have done compiling there isn't any error... Dec 30 '17 at 4:25

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