ESP32 devboard to ESP32 devboard via usb

MartynC
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ESP32 devboard to ESP32 devboard via usb

Postby MartynC » Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:36 am

Is it possible to have 2 or more ESP32s talking to each other through the usb on a dev board using one of the usb host chips such as the CH559?

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Re: ESP32 devboard to ESP32 devboard via usb

Postby ESP_Sprite » Sat Jul 25, 2020 2:46 pm

Probably, but why would you if you can also just connect the UARTs together?

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Re: ESP32 devboard to ESP32 devboard via usb

Postby MartynC » Sun Jul 26, 2020 7:18 am

I am in the early stages of designing an art project/display where a set of ESP32 dev boards attach to a main PCB vertically using the usb connection. I want all communication to go through the usb so there are no connections/wires to the pins. I know this is not the best option but I want a clean looking (no wires) project.

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Re: ESP32 devboard to ESP32 devboard via usb

Postby ESP_Sprite » Sun Jul 26, 2020 12:55 pm

Do note that depending on what you want to do, a setup like that is never going to be trivial. First of all, USB is a single-master bus, so there's no way that you can 'just' have all ESP32s talk to each other like you would when you would have e.g. an UART-based bus. Secondly, using CH559 would imply writing software for it that that has a 'driver' for the USB-to-serial port on each ESP32 devboard and polls each board, in turn. Given the fact that the CH559 is an 8-bit uC, I can't imagine a solution like that gives much bandwidth.

As an alternative, perhaps you can use something like ESP-Now to wirelessly have the ESP32s communicate?

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Re: ESP32 devboard to ESP32 devboard via usb

Postby chegewara » Sun Jul 26, 2020 3:53 pm

Or you could use esp32 S2 instead of ch559. It is just theoretically possible and you would have to write esp32 S2 code, but I think it's doable.
Well, USB part is not that complicated I think, but esp32 S2 has like 2 or 3 hardware uart.

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Re: ESP32 devboard to ESP32 devboard via usb

Postby MartynC » Mon Jul 27, 2020 2:48 am

chegewara wrote:
Sun Jul 26, 2020 3:53 pm
Or you could use esp32 S2 instead of ch559. It is just theoretically possible and you would have to write esp32 S2 code, but I think it's doable.
Well, USB part is not that complicated I think, but esp32 S2 has like 2 or 3 hardware uart.
I looked at this but the selected dev board has the regular ESP32.

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Re: ESP32 devboard to ESP32 devboard via usb

Postby MartynC » Mon Jul 27, 2020 2:50 am

@ESP_Sprite.

Thanks. ESP-Now may work.

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