Serial Helper configuration

There are several options for serial port configuration available, based on the unit model, ESP8266 or ESP32, plugin requirements, and the build type. Some ESP8266 builds don’t have the I2C Serial options included (though it is available in the Serial Port list, but it won’t work), to limit the build-size.

Using ESP8266

Serial port options, specific to ESP8266
  • I2C Serial: SC16IS752 based I2C Serial boards are supported (see above), select the I2C Address and Channel below.

  • HW Serial0: GPIO-3 (D9) <- TX / GPIO-1 (D10) -> RX: The regular serial port of the ESP. NB: Enable Serial port has to be disabled (unchecked) in Tools/Advanced settings for any plugin to be able to use this port!

  • HW Serial0 swap: GPIO-13 (D7) <- TX / GPIO-15 (D8) -> RX: Alternative hardware serial port, using different pins. The same restrictions apply!

  • HW Serial1: - <- TX / GPIO-2 (D4) -> RX: The secondary serial port. Can only be used for out-going data.

  • SoftwareSerial: Uses a software serial receiver, not useable for high data speeds or devices that send high data volumes, as that will overload the ESP.

I2C Serial

I2C Address: A list of supported I2C addresses for the I2C serial adapter:

I2C Addresses for I2C Serial adapter.

Channel: Select the channel the sensor is connected to:

Available I2C Serial Channel options

SoftwareSerial

Configure pins for Software Serial
  • GPIO <- TX: Select the GPIO pin that the sensor TX signal is connected to.

  • GPIO -> RX(optional): Optional. Select the GPIO pin that the sensor RX signal is connected to. When this pin is not used this can be set to None.

Using ESP32

Serial port options, specific to ESP32
  • I2C Serial: The SC16IS752 based I2C Serial boards are supported (see above), select the I2C Address and Channel below.

  • HW Serial0: ESP32 supports up to 3 serial ports, with freely configurable GPIO pins. NB: Enable Serial port has to be disabled (unchecked) in Tools/Advanced settings for any plugin to be able to use this port!

  • HW Serial1: ESP32 supports up to 3 serial ports, with freely configurable GPIO pins.

  • HW Serial2: ESP32 supports up to 3 serial ports, with freely configurable GPIO pins.

I2C Serial

See I2C Serial above in the Using ESP8266 section.

HW SerialN

Configure pins for HW Serial 0 to HW Serial 2
  • GPIO <- TX: Select the GPIO pin that the sensor TX signal is connected to.

  • GPIO -> RX: Select the GPIO pin that the sensor RX signal is connected to. When this pin is not used this can be set to None.

Both ESP8266 and ESP32

Depending on the requirements for the plugin, these options can be shown:

  • Baud Rate: Select the speed of serial configuration, specified in bits per second (Baud):

Baud rate
  • Serial Config: Select the bit size, parity and number of stop bits from this list:

Serial config

All combinations of these values are available:

  • Data bits:

    • 5 bit

    • 6 bit

    • 7 bit

    • 8 bit

  • Parity:

    • None

    • Even

    • Odd

  • Stop bits:

    • 1

    • 2