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Suggestion for Arduino based ble board

So for a swarm of nodes or endpoints of communication, I am looking for an easy to program ble based controller…and ideal controller should be programmable using Arduino IDE also it should be cheap

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Harsha Alva

Awesome suggestion, litrally saved me a hassle finding me a low cost, arduino based ble computer, wifi comes as a prize.

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ESP-WROOM-32

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I am surprised to see these tiny devices…Thanks Harsha Alva

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Nouman Tahir I have worked with ESP8266 and ESP32, but only with WiFi and MQTT.

While the ESP8266 has a highly evolved Arduino core or bootloader based on FreeRTOS, the one for ESP32 is still in active development. So you might have to use the official C SDK instead.

To save costs, you can buy ATMEGA328P chips, 16 MHz oscillators, BLE transceiver modules in bulk and a single USBASP programmer to make your own arduino on a breadboard.

The latter is a better and a more economical choice if you don’t need WiFi.

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Thanks for the links but I might go with a per built option… Collecting assembling parts may not be a good time investment for this project.

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I dunno how true this is, but I think you can only use the ESP32 BLE as beacon and cannot connect devices using arduino core at present.

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