WiFi Module SCF-12E

We chose to use a WiFi hardware already widely employed on the market (the ESP-12E) on which we uploaded our innovative µPanel firmware. To highlight the fact the module firmware has been completely changed with respect to other commercial products, we chose to name it SCF-12E.

This WiFi module appears like in the following picture:

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SCF-12E Wi-Fi Module (version derived from the ESP-12E module)

All the functions of the WiFi Module are managed by the powerful system on chip (SoC) ESP8266, that combines a 32 bit micro-controller (and many peripherals, such as GPIO, I2C, ADC, SPI, PWM) with a WiFi radio. 

Pins of the SCF-12E module 

RST External reset signal, active low
10-bit ADC Analog Input 0-1V
CHIP-EN Chip Enable, active high
GPIO16 General Purpose I/O
GPIO12 General Purpose I/O
General Purpose I/O
VCC +3.3V power input
CS0 *
Chip Select for SPI interface
MISO for SPI interface
General Purpose I/O (only on 12-D version)
General Purpose I/O (only on 12-D version)
MOSI for SPI interface
Serial Clock for SPI interface
Power Ground
General Purpose I/O
General Purpose I/O (connected to the LED)
General Purpose I/O
General Purpose I/O
General Purpose I/O

* Not managed from miuPanel firmware.

The module mounts also a LED:

Blue LED
(GPIO2)  Connected to GPIO2


Operating mode

After power-up (or reset) the module can boot in two different modes, depending on the logic levels applied on pins GPIO0 and GPIO2 and GPIO15:

1. Firmware RUN mode:

  • GPIO0 = '1'
  • GPIO2 = '1'
  • GPIO15 = '0'
  • TX = '1' (Important: make sure your micro-controller keeps the TX line high during the module boot

2. Programming Mode (*)

  • GPIO0 = '0'
  • GPIO2 = '1'
  • GPIO15 = '0'

(*) IMPORTANT: to correctly update the module's µPanel firmware, do NOT use this solution, otherwise you will lose definitely the µPanel firmware! The correct way is launch the update request from µPanel APP, from the module configuration menu.      


Electrical specification

This module requires 3.3 V on VCC and 3.3 V for the logic. It does NOT tolerate 5 V!
If you use Arduino UNO, and you connect to the Wi-Fi module the RX and TX pins of Arduino, you will destroy the module.

Moreover, the 3.3 V source of Arduino Uno has inadequate current capability to power this module. You should use a separate 3.3 V source to power the module, with a current capability of 300 mA or higher, because the average current consumption of the Wi-Fi module is about 140 mA. 

To simplify the connection of the our Wi-Fi module with a 5 V board (like Arduino), we designed the ADP-01 Breadboard adapter (it is designed for the ESP-01 module, but you can take ispiration to build an equivalent schematics for the ESP-12E module).