In this guide, we’ll explore installing ESPHome firmware on the ESP32 microcontroller, tailored specifically for users operating a PC or laptop running Windows. Two main methods exist: flashing via a web browser or using Python. Let’s delve into both methods thoroughly.
We’re pleased to announce a notable enhancement for developers using ESPHome to create ESP32 microcontroller firmware on Windows. With just a few clicks, you can effortlessly install ESPHome-based firmware on your microcontroller. This streamlined process is made possible through the web interface of the 2Smart Cloud platform, utilizing the functionalities of the ESP Web Tools library.
To install ESPHome-based firmware on your microcontroller via a browser, just follow the instructions available on the 2Smart website. Windows users will need to install Drivers. The CP210x Universal Windows Driver is a suitable choice.
Kindly be informed that we’ve simplified firmware assembly on our servers, eliminating the need for users to handle assembly programs on their computers.
You would like to start by creating an ESPHome configuration for the device and generating the firmware. Then, connect your microcontroller via a selected serial port and install the firmware using the platform’s web interface.
A significant benefit of this firmware installation method is its provision of direct access to microcontroller logs through your web browser. Following successful flashing, you could easily access logs by connecting to the computer’s serial port.
Additionally, you have the option to download microcontroller logs to your PC.
If you face any challenges with the previously mentioned web interface method, don’t worry! You can opt for an alternative option for installing the firmware using Python. Just follow the instructions provided below.
pip install esptool
esptool.py --chip esp32 --baud 921600 --before default_reset --after hard_reset write_flash -z --flash_mode dio --flash_freq 40m --flash_size detect 0xd000 boot_app0.bin 0x1000 bootloader_dio_40m.bin 0x10000 firmware.bin 0x8000 partitions.bin
After getting confirmation that the prototype with test firmware has been successfully connected to the platform, you can continue working on your product. A similar approach is used to install the production firmware version on finished devices.