I recently received a NodeMCU (identical to the one shown in the first picture below) and originally, I was unable to connect it to my computer which eventually turned out to be driver issues; however, during my initial panic, I found that there seems to be two variations of the NodeMCU board.
As you can see from the pictures below, at first glance there seems to be no difference to the boards, however, some of the more noticeable differences are that the first one has only one "orange" chip whereas the second one has two. Moreover, the first one has a large square chip towards the USB port wheareas the second seems to have a rectangular one.
I would really appreciate if someone could enlighten me to what these small differences are between the two boards are and also what are the implications of these differences (if there are any).
Thank you in advance for any help,
Kind regards, John