I'm trying to get the ESP8266 up and running without a FTDI chip, just my Arduino Uno. But it seems really difficult. What I did:
- attach the ESPs VCC directly to Arduino Uno 3.3V; RX->TX; TX->RX
Result: surprisingly worked for 2 mins, however the AT commands returned ERROR sometimes. (baud rate: 9600)
- attach the ESPs VCC to 3.3V 500mA power supply; RX->TX; TX->RX
Result: AT commands don't work anymore, nothing is displayed in the serial monitor, not even my input; red LED constantly on.
- attach the ESPs VCC to 3.3V 500mA power supply; TX->TX; RX->RX
Result: blue LED constantly on, no response, same as before
- change back RX/TX connection, experimenting with baud rate (300 - 115200)
Result: blue LED flashes on start, flashes when something is sent (no matter what the baud rate is), however still no output at all.
Suddenly, I was also getting this error while uploading:
ser_recv(): programmer is not responding
Detaching the TX connection solved the problem. Btw, I am also using a voltage divider between TX of the Arduino and RX of the ESP.
Afterwards, the blue LED was on constantly again, even though I haven't changed the wiring... (really weird)
To me it looks like the Arduino Serial monitor isn't sending anything, because I don't even see my input. However, the Arduino can output stuff, therefore I assume a connection between Arduino and PC is existing. Maybe it has to do with the connection between TX -> RX, but I see no shorts, just an ordinary voltage divider (100 Ohm and 200 Ohm resistors).
As you might see, I spent a lot of time trying to figure this out. I'm kind of stuck now, as I'm not sure what else to try. If you have any ideas, tips or advice please leave an answer.
Sorry for my English, it's not my native language. If you don't understand something, feel free to ask.
Hope you can help me!