This ESP8266 development board can be programmed directly using the Arduino IDE.
If you already have installed ESP8266 support you need to select the following board:
WeMos D1 R2 & mini
Just connect a micro USB cable and try out the examples.
If your PC doesn’t recognize the device here are the DRIVERS for the CH340 USB to Serial chip:
Here are the instructions to add ESP8266 support to the Arduino IDE. We recommend installing the latest IDE from Arduino.cc
Installing with Boards Manager
Starting with 1.6.4, Arduino allows installation of third-party platform packages using Boards Manager. We have packages available for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux (32 and 64 bit).
- Install the current upstream Arduino IDE at the 1.8 level or later. The current version is at the Arduino website.
- Start Arduino and open Preferences window.
- Enter http://arduino.esp8266.com/stable/package_esp8266com_index.json into Additional Board Manager URLs field. You can add multiple URLs, separating them with commas.
- Open Boards Manager from Tools > Board menu and install esp8266 platform (and don’t forget to select your ESP8266 board from Tools > Board menu after installation).