Mastering LED with BASIC wirelessly
As a DIY fan I love to browse internet in search of ideas and inspirations. So I’ve found a pretty nice project, called ESPBASIC. I heard about BASIC, but I had never had a chance neither to learn it nor to use it, so I thought it was ‘s time to meet BASIC (although it’s just an interpreter). I have few ESP-12F chips in my drawer, few cables and LEDs scattered around and a free breadboard, and that will be enough for the first encounter with BASIC. My idea is simple and typical for electronics - I have decided to make
hello world of DIY world - blinking LED.
There are a few steps:
- Connect uC to any UART controller (I’m using pl2303)
- Download a flashing tool from the official website
- Select a port and flash firmware
I had only one problem there - drivers. Windows 10 is a bit too strict about drivers, so I had to download old version of my pl2303 driver and everything goes fine. Except that I think it’s one of easiest firmwares to install.
On your WiFi AP list should appear one more network called like
ESP AA:BB:CC:DD:EE:FF. Just connect to it, discover device’s IP (it should be
192.168.4.1) and put it into the browser.
Your eyes should see something like this:
SETTINGS tab you can configure ESP to connect to your home wifi, setup OTA url (eg. url to BASIC file hosted on GitHub)
ESPBASIC has nearly a plaintext, one-paged documentation:
So I tried to put
Hello World on my screen with the following code in
print "Hello World"
Save file and
[RUN] the code.
Yeah! It was easy. But if you want to put one more
<hr> tag) above your text. Quickly look into documentation and you should find out there also
wprint function, that put text on screen without any additional code.
I’ve connected LED to ESP-12’s GPIO15 pin. Firstly I will try to just light my light up.
print "Led ON" io(po,15,1)
First try and it works! Just with one line, wireless, without compilation and without flashing. Wow!
io is just a IO operation function
po means ‘pin out’
15 is pin number
high state (
Next step is to make a delay between turning LED on and off:
io(po,15,1) delay 500 io(po,15,0) delay 500 io(po,15,1) delay 500 io(po,15,0) delay 500 io(po,15,1) delay 500 io(po,15,0) delay 500
And it blinks, but only few times with 0.5s delay. Last thing I need there is any loop here, and then I will have an awesome blinking machine!
For x = 1 to 60 io(po,15,1) delay 500 io(po,15,0) delay 500 Next x
This code lasts after 60 seconds. Let’s make it infinite!
variable = 0 Do io(po,15,variable % 2) delay 500 variable = variable + 1 Loop until 0 'infinite
Success! But ESP’s “IDE” becomes unavailable. The reason is that
delay operation takes all processor time.
It’s better to use timer functions, which uses interrupts to count time.
variable = 0 Timer 500, [blink] [blink] io(po,15,variable % 2) variable = variable + 1 wait
Timer takes CPU time only every about 500ms, so it’s possible to edit code and keep it running in the background.