There are always a lot of questions when first starting with microcontrollers such as the Wemos D1 Mini. Of course after you hear everything this little piece of technology can do the first thing you want to do is get it to do everything. We have assembled a quick checklist to get you started getting the most out of your WeMos D1 Mini straight away.
What is WeMos?
WeMos produces microcontrollers such as the WeMos D1 Mini. As its name suggests the mini is quite small and being a microcontroller makes it a small computer. And as a computer, it takes inputs, gives outputs and can perform functions and programs that you can create for it. It is also highly flexible and adaptable by accepting other shields (other boards that attach to the D1 Mini) that can further extend the Mini's capabilities. Being Arduino-compatible also allows the D1 Mini to take advantage of an array of Arduino libraries and also make use of the Arduino IDE for programming the WeMos.
What Will I Need to Get Started?
The essential thing necessary to get started is the WeMos D1 Mini. This will be the item you can program and reprogram with your instructions. To begin programming you will need a micro USB to USB cable. This cable will serve as the connection from your Desktop or Laptop to the D1 Mini.
Along with being able to be programmed and send instructions the board is also Wifi capable. This opens up many avenues that you can use to control the WeMos and shields that are attached to it wirelessly. At this point, you may say what is the point if it has to be attached to the desktop or laptop for power. But this is only the case when programming the board, once programmed you can use the USB cable attached to a portable power supply such as a portable cell phone battery charger or even by attaching a power shield to the Mini to use other portable power supplies.
Beginning Shopping List
- WeMos D1 Mini (pictured above)
- Micro USB to USB cable (4 foot to 6 foot recommended for ease of use)
*Note - WeMos usually ships with header pins not attached to the board. If you have soldering equipment and are confident about attaching the headers pins to the board you can do this. If you are not Gadgets That Go does offer to solder the header pins for you.
Now That I Have the Essentials
The first thing to begin programming with the WeMos is ensuring it can communicate with your desktop or laptop through connecting it using the micro USB to USB cable. We have put together a blog for this step as well that will walk you through setting up your WeMos.
The flexibility of the Mini is that you can attach several more shields that each perform new functions. Gadgets That Go carries a solid selection of these boards that will help you create exactly what you need by adding on the correct shield.
So How Do I Add on a Shield?
Wemos Makes adding on shields simple. Adding a shield is merely lining up the header pins and connecting both units together.
Available Shields and What They Do.
Find out what you may need to build your next project and don't forget to check out our how to section for guides and ideas on using these shields.