Avoid WiFi channel 12-13-14 when working with ESP devices

Recently we are experimenting with Home Assistant installed on A20-OLinuXino-LIME2 Home server and attaching different nodes made with our ESP8266/ESP32 boards and noticed odd behaviour os ESP when WIFI router is set on the higher frequencies channels.

Most of WiFi router default settings are with channel Auto selection, this means the router will try first Channel 1 if too much noise and drop packets due to overwhelmed with WiFi devices area will change it up and so on, so our developers decided that it’s smart idea to use the WiFi router on the highest possible channel. This will guarantee that this channel will be most noise and interference free from other WiFi devices. So our router was set to WiFi channel 13:

We use the ESP standard firmware and ESPhome code. This is what happens: When the code is flashed for first time, it experience some errors while connecting but manage to connect to the router.

Access Point: TP Link
Hardware Version: Archer C1200 v2.0
Firmware Version: 2.0.0 Build 20170206 rel.46023 (EU)

SUCCESS CH13 (first attempt after flashing the code)
============================

[D][wifi:370]: Starting scan...
[D][wifi:385]: Found networks:
[I][wifi:429]: - 'OlimexTenda' (B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73) 
[D][wifi:430]:     Channel: 13
[D][wifi:431]:     RSSI: -40 dB
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexGuests' (C8:3A:35:4B:10:78) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexAP' (00:1F:1F:11:7B:B3) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexTest' (78:32:1B:90:D7:38) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'ubnt' (00:27:22:7C:3C:70) 
[I][wifi:245]: WiFi Connecting to 'OlimexTenda'...
[W][wifi_esp8266:483]: Event: Disconnected ssid='OlimexTenda' bssid=B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73 reason='Association Expired'
[W][wifi:533]: Error while connecting to network.
[I][wifi:245]: WiFi Connecting to 'OlimexTenda'...
[W][wifi_esp8266:479]: Event: Disconnected ssid='OlimexTenda' reason='Probe Request Unsuccessful'
[W][wifi:533]: Error while connecting to network.
[D][wifi:370]: Starting scan...
[D][wifi:385]: Found networks:
[I][wifi:429]: - 'OlimexTenda' (B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73) 
[D][wifi:430]:     Channel: 13
[D][wifi:431]:     RSSI: -52 dB
[D][wifi:434]: - 'Haxor' (B0:48:7A:CE:8D:BC) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexGuests' (C8:3A:35:4B:10:78) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexAP' (00:1F:1F:11:7B:B3) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexTest' (78:32:1B:90:D7:38) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'ubnt' (00:27:22:7C:3C:70) 
[I][wifi:245]: WiFi Connecting to 'OlimexTenda'...
[W][wifi_esp8266:213]: wifi_apply_hostname_(esp8266-evb-pir-9c61de): lwIP error -16 on interface st (index 0)
[W][wifi_esp8266:483]: Event: Disconnected ssid='OlimexTenda' bssid=B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73 reason='Association Leave'
[W][wifi:533]: Error while connecting to network.
[I][wifi:245]: WiFi Connecting to 'OlimexTenda'...
[W][wifi_esp8266:213]: wifi_apply_hostname_(esp8266-evb-pir-9c61de): lwIP error -16 on interface st (index 0)
[I][wifi:502]: WiFi Connected!
[C][wifi:350]:   Local MAC: 18:FE:34:9C:61:DE
[C][wifi:351]:   SSID: 'OlimexTenda'
[C][wifi:352]:   IP Address: 192.168.0.203
[C][wifi:354]:   BSSID: B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73
[C][wifi:355]:   Hostname: 'esp8266-evb-pir-9c61de'
[C][wifi:357]:   Signal strength: -56 dB 
[C][wifi:361]:   Channel: 13
[C][wifi:362]:   Subnet: 255.255.255.0
[C][wifi:363]:   Gateway: 192.168.0.1
[C][wifi:364]:   DNS1: 192.168.0.1
[C][wifi:365]:   DNS2: 0.0.0.0
[D][wifi:511]: Disabling AP...

As you can see from the above the ESP try to connect twice but gets error: ‘Association Expired’ and ‘Probe Request Unsuccessful’ but on the third attempt it connects.

The problem comes later if for some reason ESP lose power and start again. This could easily happen if the ESP is powered by the mains and there is power blackout and power restore.

FAILURE CH13 (after cold restart)
=================================
[C][wifi:037]: Setting up WiFi...
[D][wifi:046]: Loaded saved wifi settings: OlimexTenda
[D][wifi:370]: Starting scan...
[D][binary_sensor:036]: 'PIR Sensor': Sending state OFF
[D][wifi:385]: Found networks:
[I][wifi:429]: - 'OlimexTenda' (B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73) 
[D][wifi:430]:     Channel: 13
[D][wifi:431]:     RSSI: -55 dB
[D][wifi:434]: - 'Haxor' (B0:48:7A:CE:8D:BC) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexAP' (00:1F:1F:11:7B:B3) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexTest' (78:32:1B:90:D7:38) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexGuests' (C8:3A:35:4B:10:78) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'ubnt' (00:27:22:7C:3C:70) 
[I][wifi:245]: WiFi Connecting to 'OlimexTenda'...
[W][wifi_esp8266:483]: Event: Disconnected ssid='OlimexTenda' bssid=B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73 reason='Auth Expired'
[W][wifi:533]: Error while connecting to network.
[W][wifi:568]: Restarting WiFi adapter...
[I][wifi:245]: WiFi Connecting to 'OlimexTenda'...
[W][wifi_esp8266:483]: Event: Disconnected ssid='OlimexTenda' bssid=B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73 reason='Auth Expired'
[W][wifi:533]: Error while connecting to network.
[W][wifi:568]: Restarting WiFi adapter...
[D][wifi:370]: Starting scan...
[D][wifi:385]: Found networks:
[I][wifi:429]: - 'OlimexTenda' (B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73) 
[D][wifi:430]:     Channel: 13
[D][wifi:431]:     RSSI: -54 dB
[D][wifi:434]: - 'Haxor' (B0:48:7A:CE:8D:BC) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexAP' (00:1F:1F:11:7B:B3) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexGuests' (C8:3A:35:4B:10:78) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'ubnt' (00:27:22:7C:3C:70) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexTest' (78:32:1B:90:D7:38) 
[I][wifi:245]: WiFi Connecting to 'OlimexTenda'...
[W][wifi_esp8266:483]: Event: Disconnected ssid='OlimexTenda' bssid=B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73 reason='Auth Expired'
[W][wifi:533]: Error while connecting to network.
[W][wifi:568]: Restarting WiFi adapter...
[I][wifi:245]: WiFi Connecting to 'OlimexTenda'...
[W][wifi_esp8266:483]: Event: Disconnected ssid='OlimexTenda' bssid=B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73 reason='Auth Expired'
[W][wifi:533]: Error while connecting to network.
[W][wifi:568]: Restarting WiFi adapter...
[D][wifi:370]: Starting scan...
[D][wifi:385]: Found networks:
[I][wifi:429]: - 'OlimexTenda' (B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73) 
[D][wifi:430]:     Channel: 13
[D][wifi:431]:     RSSI: -52 dB
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexAP' (00:1F:1F:11:7B:B3) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexGuests' (C8:3A:35:4B:10:78) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'ubnt' (00:27:22:7C:3C:70) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexTest' (78:32:1B:90:D7:38) 
[I][wifi:245]: WiFi Connecting to 'OlimexTenda'...
[W][wifi_esp8266:483]: Event: Disconnected ssid='OlimexTenda' bssid=B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73 reason='Auth Expired'
[W][wifi:533]: Error while connecting to network.
[W][wifi:568]: Restarting WiFi adapter...
[I][wifi:245]: WiFi Connecting to 'OlimexTenda'...
[I][wifi:135]: Starting fallback AP!
[C][wifi:198]: Setting up AP...
[C][wifi:200]:   AP SSID: 'esp8266-evb-pir-9c61de'
[C][wifi:201]:   AP Password: ''
[C][wifi:210]:   IP Address: 192.168.4.1
[W][wifi:527]: Timeout while connecting to WiFi.
[D][wifi:370]: Starting scan...
[D][wifi:385]: Found networks:
[I][wifi:429]: - 'OlimexTenda' (B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73) 
[D][wifi:430]:     Channel: 13
[D][wifi:431]:     RSSI: -57 dB
[D][wifi:434]: - 'Haxor' (B0:48:7A:CE:8D:BC) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexGuests' (C8:3A:35:4B:10:78) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexAP' (00:1F:1F:11:7B:B3) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'ubnt' (00:27:22:7C:3C:70) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexTest' (78:32:1B:90:D7:38) 
[I][wifi:245]: WiFi Connecting to 'OlimexTenda'...
[W][wifi_esp8266:213]: wifi_apply_hostname_(esp8266-evb-pir-9c61de): lwIP error -16 on interface st (index 0)
[W][wifi_esp8266:483]: Event: Disconnected ssid='OlimexTenda' bssid=B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73 reason='Association Leave'
[W][wifi:533]: Error while connecting to network.
[I][wifi:245]: WiFi Connecting to 'OlimexTenda'...
[W][wifi_esp8266:213]: wifi_apply_hostname_(esp8266-evb-pir-9c61de): lwIP error -16 on interface st (index 0)
[W][wifi:527]: Timeout while connecting to WiFi.
[D][wifi:370]: Starting scan...
[D][wifi:385]: Found networks:
[I][wifi:429]: - 'OlimexTenda' (B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73) 
[D][wifi:430]:     Channel: 13
[D][wifi:431]:     RSSI: -56 dB
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexGuests' (C8:3A:35:4B:10:78) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexAP' (00:1F:1F:11:7B:B3) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexTest' (78:32:1B:90:D7:38) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'ubnt' (00:27:22:7C:3C:70) 
[I][wifi:245]: WiFi Connecting to 'OlimexTenda'...
[W][wifi_esp8266:213]: wifi_apply_hostname_(esp8266-evb-pir-9c61de): lwIP error -16 on interface st (index 0)
[W][wifi_esp8266:483]: Event: Disconnected ssid='OlimexTenda' bssid=B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73 reason='Association Leave'
[W][wifi:533]: Error while connecting to network.
[I][wifi:245]: WiFi Connecting to 'OlimexTenda'...
[W][wifi_esp8266:213]: wifi_apply_hostname_(esp8266-evb-pir-9c61de): lwIP error -16 on interface st (index 0)
[W][wifi_esp8266:479]: Event: Disconnected ssid='OlimexTenda' reason='Probe Request Unsuccessful'
[W][wifi:533]: Error while connecting to network.
[D][wifi:370]: Starting scan...
[D][wifi:385]: Found networks:
[I][wifi:429]: - 'OlimexTenda' (B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73) 
[D][wifi:430]:     Channel: 13
[D][wifi:431]:     RSSI: -51 dB
[D][wifi:434]: - 'Haxor' (B0:48:7A:CE:8D:BC) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexAP' (00:1F:1F:11:7B:B3) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexGuests' (C8:3A:35:4B:10:78) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexTest' (78:32:1B:90:D7:38) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'ubnt' (00:27:22:7C:3C:70) 
[I][wifi:245]: WiFi Connecting to 'OlimexTenda'...
[W][wifi_esp8266:213]: wifi_apply_hostname_(esp8266-evb-pir-9c61de): lwIP error -16 on interface st (index 0)
[W][wifi_esp8266:483]: Event: Disconnected ssid='OlimexTenda' bssid=B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73 reason='Auth Expired'
[W][wifi:533]: Error while connecting to network.
[I][wifi:245]: WiFi Connecting to 'OlimexTenda'...
[W][wifi_esp8266:213]: wifi_apply_hostname_(esp8266-evb-pir-9c61de): lwIP error -16 on interface st (index 0)
[W][wifi_esp8266:483]: Event: Disconnected ssid='OlimexTenda' bssid=B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73 reason='Auth Expired'
[W][wifi:533]: Error while connecting to network.
[D][wifi:370]: Starting scan...
[D][wifi:385]: Found networks:
[D][wifi:434]: - 'Haxor' (B0:48:7A:CE:8D:BC) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexAP' (00:1F:1F:11:7B:B3) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexGuests' (C8:3A:35:4B:10:78) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'ubnt' (00:27:22:7C:3C:70) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexTest' (78:32:1B:90:D7:38) 
[W][wifi:439]: No matching network found!
[D][wifi:370]: Starting scan...
[D][wifi:385]: Found networks:
[I][wifi:429]: - 'OlimexTenda' (B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73) 
[D][wifi:430]:     Channel: 13
[D][wifi:431]:     RSSI: -54 dB
[D][wifi:434]: - 'Haxor' (B0:48:7A:CE:8D:BC) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexAP' (00:1F:1F:11:7B:B3) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexGuests' (C8:3A:35:4B:10:78) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexTest' (78:32:1B:90:D7:38) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'ubnt' (00:27:22:7C:3C:70) 
[I][wifi:245]: WiFi Connecting to 'OlimexTenda'...
[W][wifi_esp8266:213]: wifi_apply_hostname_(esp8266-evb-pir-9c61de): lwIP error -16 on interface st (index 0)
[W][wifi_esp8266:483]: Event: Disconnected ssid='OlimexTenda' bssid=B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73 reason='Auth Expired'
[W][wifi:533]: Error while connecting to network.
[I][wifi:245]: WiFi Connecting to 'OlimexTenda'...
[W][wifi_esp8266:213]: wifi_apply_hostname_(esp8266-evb-pir-9c61de): lwIP error -16 on interface st (index 0)
[W][wifi_esp8266:483]: Event: Disconnected ssid='OlimexTenda' bssid=B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73 reason='Auth Expired'
[W][wifi:533]: Error while connecting to network.
[D][wifi:370]: Starting scan...
[D][wifi:385]: Found networks:
[I][wifi:429]: - 'OlimexTenda' (B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73) 
[D][wifi:430]:     Channel: 13
[D][wifi:431]:     RSSI: -53 dB
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexAP' (00:1F:1F:11:7B:B3) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexGuests' (C8:3A:35:4B:10:78) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'ESP_CA17E1' (8C:4B:14:CA:17:E1) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'ubnt' (00:27:22:7C:3C:70) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexTest' (78:32:1B:90:D7:38) 
[I][wifi:245]: WiFi Connecting to 'OlimexTenda'...
[W][wifi_esp8266:213]: wifi_apply_hostname_(esp8266-evb-pir-9c61de): lwIP error -16 on interface st (index 0)
[W][wifi_esp8266:483]: Event: Disconnected ssid='OlimexTenda' bssid=B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73 reason='Auth Expired'
[W][wifi:533]: Error while connecting to network.
[I][wifi:245]: WiFi Connecting to 'OlimexTenda'...
[W][wifi_esp8266:213]: wifi_apply_hostname_(esp8266-evb-pir-9c61de): lwIP error -16 on interface st (index 0)
[W][wifi_esp8266:483]: Event: Disconnected ssid='OlimexTenda' bssid=B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73 reason='Auth Expired'
[W][wifi:533]: Error while connecting to network.
[D][wifi:370]: Starting scan...
[D][wifi:385]: Found networks:
[I][wifi:429]: - 'OlimexTenda' (B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73) 
[D][wifi:430]:     Channel: 13
[D][wifi:431]:     RSSI: -54 dB
[D][wifi:434]: - 'Haxor' (B0:48:7A:CE:8D:BC) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexGuests' (C8:3A:35:4B:10:78) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexAP' (00:1F:1F:11:7B:B3) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexTest' (78:32:1B:90:D7:38) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'ubnt' (00:27:22:7C:3C:70) 
[I][wifi:245]: WiFi Connecting to 'OlimexTenda'...
[W][wifi_esp8266:213]: wifi_apply_hostname_(esp8266-evb-pir-9c61de): lwIP error -16 on interface st (index 0)
[W][wifi_esp8266:483]: Event: Disconnected ssid='OlimexTenda' bssid=B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73 reason='Auth Expired'
[W][wifi:533]: Error while connecting to network.
[I][wifi:245]: WiFi Connecting to 'OlimexTenda'...
[W][wifi_esp8266:213]: wifi_apply_hostname_(esp8266-evb-pir-9c61de): lwIP error -16 on interface st (index 0)
[W][wifi_esp8266:483]: Event: Disconnected ssid='OlimexTenda' bssid=B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73 reason='Auth Expired'
[W][wifi:533]: Error while connecting to network.
[D][wifi:370]: Starting scan...
[D][wifi:385]: Found networks:
[I][wifi:429]: - 'OlimexTenda' (B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73) 
[D][wifi:430]:     Channel: 13
[D][wifi:431]:     RSSI: -53 dB
[D][wifi:434]: - 'Haxor' (B0:48:7A:CE:8D:BC) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexAP' (00:1F:1F:11:7B:B3) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexGuests' (C8:3A:35:4B:10:78) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexTest' (78:32:1B:90:D7:38) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'ubnt' (00:27:22:7C:3C:70) 
[I][wifi:245]: WiFi Connecting to 'OlimexTenda'...
[W][wifi_esp8266:213]: wifi_apply_hostname_(esp8266-evb-pir-9c61de): lwIP error -16 on interface st (index 0)
[W][wifi_esp8266:483]: Event: Disconnected ssid='OlimexTenda' bssid=B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73 reason='Auth Expired'
[W][wifi:533]: Error while connecting to network.
[I][wifi:245]: WiFi Connecting to 'OlimexTenda'...
[W][wifi_esp8266:213]: wifi_apply_hostname_(esp8266-evb-pir-9c61de): lwIP error -16 on interface st (index 0)
[W][wifi_esp8266:483]: Event: Disconnected ssid='OlimexTenda' bssid=B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73 reason='Auth Expired'
[W][wifi:533]: Error while connecting to network.
[D][wifi:370]: Starting scan...
[D][wifi:385]: Found networks:
[I][wifi:429]: - 'OlimexTenda' (B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73) 
[D][wifi:430]:     Channel: 13
[D][wifi:431]:     RSSI: -53 dB
[D][wifi:434]: - 'Haxor' (B0:48:7A:CE:8D:BC) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexGuests' (C8:3A:35:4B:10:78) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexAP' (00:1F:1F:11:7B:B3) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexTest' (78:32:1B:90:D7:38) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'ubnt' (00:27:22:7C:3C:70) 

As seen from the log above, after power cycling ESP can’t connect to WiFi router anymore, most of the errors shown are ‘Auth Expired’

If we change the WiFi router settings to Channel 1-11:

All problems now are gone and ESP connects every time no matter how many time power is cycled.

SUCCESS CH11 (after cold restart)
=================================
[D][wifi:046]: Loaded saved wifi settings: OlimexTenda
[D][wifi:370]: Starting scan...
[D][binary_sensor:036]: 'PIR Sensor': Sending state OFF
[D][wifi:385]: Found networks:
[I][wifi:429]: - 'OlimexTenda' (B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73) 
[D][wifi:430]:     Channel: 11
[D][wifi:431]:     RSSI: -54 dB
[D][wifi:434]: - 'Haxor' (B0:48:7A:CE:8D:BC) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexGuests' (C8:3A:35:4B:10:78) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexAP' (00:1F:1F:11:7B:B3) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'OlimexTest' (78:32:1B:90:D7:38) 
[D][wifi:434]: - 'ubnt' (00:27:22:7C:3C:70) 
[I][wifi:245]: WiFi Connecting to 'OlimexTenda'...
[I][wifi:502]: WiFi Connected!
[C][wifi:350]:   Local MAC: 18:FE:34:9C:61:DE
[C][wifi:351]:   SSID: 'OlimexTenda'
[C][wifi:352]:   IP Address: 192.168.0.203
[C][wifi:354]:   BSSID: B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73
[C][wifi:355]:   Hostname: 'esp8266-evb-pir-9c61de'
[C][wifi:357]:   Signal strength: -55 dB 
[C][wifi:361]:   Channel: 11
[C][wifi:362]:   Subnet: 255.255.255.0
[C][wifi:363]:   Gateway: 192.168.0.1
[C][wifi:364]:   DNS1: 192.168.0.1
[C][wifi:365]:   DNS2: 0.0.0.0
[D][wifi:511]: Disabling AP...
[C][ota:082]: Over-The-Air Updates:
[C][ota:083]:   Address: esp8266-evb-pir.local:8266
[C][api:025]: Setting up Home Assistant API server...
[I][app:060]: setup() finished successfully!
[I][app:099]: ESPHome version 2021.11.4 compiled on Dec  9 2021, 11:08:14
[I][app:101]: Project olimex.esphome-esp8266-evb-pir version 1.0
[C][wifi:488]: WiFi:
[C][wifi:350]:   Local MAC: 18:FE:34:9C:61:DE
[C][wifi:351]:   SSID: 'OlimexTenda'
[C][wifi:352]:   IP Address: 192.168.0.203
[C][wifi:354]:   BSSID: B0:4E:26:6E:B2:73
[C][wifi:355]:   Hostname: 'esp8266-evb-pir-9c61de'
[C][wifi:357]:   Signal strength: -55 dB 
[C][wifi:361]:   Channel: 11
[C][wifi:362]:   Subnet: 255.255.255.0
[C][wifi:363]:   Gateway: 192.168.0.1
[C][wifi:364]:   DNS1: 192.168.0.1
[C][wifi:365]:   DNS2: 0.0.0.0
[C][logger:233]: Logger:
[C][logger:234]:   Level: DEBUG
[C][logger:235]:   Log Baud Rate: 115200
[C][logger:236]:   Hardware UART: UART0
[C][gpio.binary_sensor:015]: GPIO Binary Sensor 'PIR Sensor'
[C][gpio.binary_sensor:015]:   Device Class: 'motion'
[C][gpio.binary_sensor:016]:   Pin: GPIO16
[C][captive_portal:151]: Captive Portal:
[C][ota:082]: Over-The-Air Updates:
[C][ota:083]:   Address: esp8266-evb-pir.local:8266
[C][api:134]: API Server:
[C][api:135]:   Address: esp8266-evb-pir.local:6053
[C][api:139]:   Using noise encryption: NO
[C][mdns:084]: mDNS:
[C][mdns:085]:   Hostname: esp8266-evb-pir-9c61de

Our blind guess is that ESP can’t connect reliable on the higher frequency channels. As far as you choose channels 1-11 everything is fine. We think that most people even do not notice this kind of erros if they routers are set to Auto channels as the chances to go up to 12-13-14 are very slim.

Espressif got new competitor RDA5981 dedicated for IoT and audio apps

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Few years ago Espressif released their first low cost WiFi chip ESP8266 and turned upside down the WiFi connectivity for small MCU. They have been left relatively to no competition from the big Western chip makers who couldn’t match their aggressive pricing, but later there was semi successful competition from Realtek and now there is another competitor who is focused on low cost IoT audio applications but their chip is quite good for general purpose WiFi stuff also. The RDA5981 is based on Cortex-M4 inside

  • running at 160Mhz
  •  160KB SRAM
  • 8MB PSRAM
  • 4MB Flash
  • build in USB 2.0 host interface allow USB devices to be connected to the module directly which is advantage toward Espressif chips
  • Support Bluetooth 2.1 EDR + BLE4.2
  • SDMMC interface
  • 2x 10bit ADCs
  • SIDO x1, I2C x1, I2S x2, PWM x8, IR, SPI x4, UART x2, GPIO with interrupts x14
  • operating temperature -30+80C

According to the PR message their focus is voice recognition / audio play and they shipped already 200 Millions of these chips ин 2016. Looking at the features above they can be used for other IoT applications as well if their SDK is easy enough to use by maker community. The question is will be they smart enough to be more user friendly as ESP.

I check their web and even to download their datasheet they require registration :). I understand this as – we hide our product info from our potential customers as we do not want they to evaluate our chips. These registrations beside pissing off potential customers do not hide anything from their competitors as they would easily register with fake info and get them anyway, but obvious this is the way most Chinese companies work.

via Twitter (Thanks to Rudi!)

EDIT 10-01-2018: There is actually GitHub repo with the datsheet, so their web may be not updated!