PIM548, Pico Wireless Pack

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The PIM548 is a Wireless Pack able to attach to your Pico and give it access to 2.4GHz wireless networks as well as a microSD card slot.

Pico Wireless Pack attaches to the back of your Pico and uses an ESP32 chip to let your Pico connect to 2.4GHz wireless networks and transfer data. There's a microSD card slot for if you want to store lots of data locally as well as an RGB LED (for status updates) and a button (useful for things like enabling/disabling Wi-Fi).

Great for quickly adapting an existing Pico project to have wireless functionality, Pico Wireless Pack would come in handy for sending sensor data into home automation systems or dashboards, for hosting a web page from a matchbox or for letting your Pico interact with online APIs.

Raspberry Pi Pico not included

Features

  • ESP32-WROOM-32E module for wireless connectivity (connected via SPI) (datasheet)
  • 1 x tactile button
  • RGB LED
  • Micro-SD card slot*
  • Pre-soldered female headers for attaching your Raspberry Pi Pico
  • Fully assembled
  • No soldering is required (as long as your Pico has header pins attached).
  • Compatible with Raspberry Pi Pico.
  • Dimensions: approx 53mm x 25mm x 11mm (L x W x H, including headers and components)
  • C++ and MicroPython libraries

Getting started

We've added C++/MicroPython support for Wireless Pack to our Pico libraries and our custom MicroPython uf2 comes with wireless drivers for the ESP32 baked in. You can find C++ examples here and MicroPython examples here - there's a Cheerlights example that shows you how to make requests from an API, and one that sets your Pico up as a tiny HTTP server, accessible through your browser.

Alternatively, you can use Pico Wireless Pack with CircuitPython and Adafruit's easy-to-use ESP32SPI and Adafruit_CircuitPython_SD libraries. You'll need to alter their examples to use the correct pins:

spi = busio.SPI(board.GP18, board.GP19, board.GP16)

esp32_cs = DigitalInOut(board.GP7)
esp32_ready = DigitalInOut(board.GP10)
esp32_reset = DigitalInOut(board.GP11)

SD_CS = board.GP22

Pinout

Notes

  • * Please note that SD card support in the C++ SDK is still quite experimental - if you're planning on doing things with data you might have an easier time of it if you use CircuitPython.
  • The cuttable traces on the back let you disconnect functions that you're not using, freeing up the pins and making it easier to use Wireless Pack with other add-ons.

About Raspberry Pi Pico

Raspberry Pi Pico is a flexible, low-cost microcontroller development board from the folks at Raspberry Pi, based on their very own chip - the RP2040. It's easily programmable over USB with C/C++ or MicroPython, and ideal for use in all sorts of physical computing projects, devices and inventions - we're so excited to see what you make with it!

We've called our Pico-sized add-ons packs, as they're designed to attach to the back of your Pico as if it were wearing a very stylish backpack (or a miniature jet pack, if you prefer). We've also got Pico bases (larger add-on boards with a space to mount your Pico on top) and some other boards that let you do interesting hackerly things like using multiple packs at once.

Your Pico will need to have male headers soldered to it (with the pins pointing downwards) to attach to our add-on boards.

ESP32­-WROOM­-32E (Datasheet) (esp32-wroom-32e_esp32-wroom-32ue_datasheet_en.pdf, 924 Kb) [Download]

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