I've started doing some hardware hacking as part of my new job, I'm amazed at what is available these days. This NodeMCU costs about $5, has built in WiFi, is programmable through the Arduino IDE and can be powered by a small solar panel. I'm blown away.
@mhall119 If you get the ESP8266 bare, you can grab 'em for about $0.75.
Harder to work with, of course, but unimaginably cheap.
@ajroach42 It's crazy what $0.75 worth of electronics can do these days, isn't it? Really makes the whole Internet of Things revolution possible
@mhall119 Here is an ESP32 board from WeMos...even smaller, more powerful and similar cost. Not as well supported in Arduino IDE yet but super cool nonetheless...
@msh Hey, you can run Zephyr on that! https://docs.zephyrproject.org/latest/boards/xtensa/esp32/doc/esp32.html
@mhall119 I just learned about this the other day:
@mhall119 If you don't need a display, that pretty much *is* an entire computer. couldn't you ssh in on the usb connector? Am I wrong maybe?
@gemlog You can probably use screen to connect via serial console on USB (I do that with my NodeMCU), but it doesn't look to have on-board WiFi or Ethernet capability
@mhall119 yeah, I did notice that, but you could still compute with it.
Yes, it's not very useful without other network connectivity.
However, it depends what you are doing. I once created a fairly complicated set of network scripts using only my pc and a sharp zaurus (because that's all I had).
@gemlog @mhall119 well, I don't know why I called to this thread but exactly I have Lichee Pi nano. This board (LPi nano) does not have any network connection but LCD/audio capability.
I think this board is for old ARM (not Cortex but ARM9 core) fans. Here is the processor F1C100s datasheet, please read this and check whether this SoC fits your project. https://linux-sunxi.org/images/b/ba/F1C100s_Datasheet_V1.0.pdf
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