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Make: Realtek RTL8710 Could Challenge the Popularity of the ESP8266

Make: Realtek RTL8710 Could Challenge the Popularity of the ESP8266
Added: 2 years ago | Updated: 2 years ago

A few years ago (two to be exact) Shanghai-based Espressif launched their low-cost ESP8266 Wi-Fi chip, which gave just about any microcontroller access to a wireless network. It gave makers the ability to design any number of IoT projects that required an internet connection and the fact that it was also cheap (costing around $5 on average) made it that much more attractive.

The reign of the ESP8266 as the go-to Wi-Fi module may be coming to an end, however, as a new module from Realtek has been spotted in the wild and it’s not only more powerful but cheaper as well (AliExpress lists it for $3.52).

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