In this tutorial we will show how to configure standard Arduino IDE to use as Arduino ESP8266 IDE.
First download Arduino IDE and install it on computer.
IMPORTANT: Download old version Arduino 1.6.5. It seems there are some problems with Arduino 1.6.6 and ESP8266.
Open Arduino IDE and go to File->Preferences.
Enter http://arduino.esp8266.com/stable/package_esp8266com_index.json under Adittional boards manager.
Select Boards Manager in Tools->Board
Find ESP8266 and press Install button.
After install select ESP9266 board.
Now it depends which ESP8266 board do you want to connect. If you are using ESP8266 without serial adapter, then you need FTDI USB adapter. Connection diagram is following. Don't forget to set 3.3V mode on programmer. Sometimes FDT programmer doesn't provide enough current. In this case add additional 3.3V power supply to ESP8266 only (disconnect ESP8266 and FDTI USB adapter Vcc).
If you are using board like NodeMCU you do not need FTDI USB adapter, just connect USB cable to computer. This is recommended way for beginners.
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