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Communication between RS485 module and esp8266

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I want to connect an RS485 module to an esp8266 and read the data coming from the RS485 module and display it on a 2 * 16 LCD. What should my connections look like? And what code should I write for the esp8266 module that can read the data and display it on the lcd? 

I also found this site but the connections and code are for Arduino Nano and do not work on ESP8266.

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I have no experience with ESP8266 + RS485, but it looks reasonably straightforward.
I had to Google stuff as well, and did find a few articles that may be helpful to get you started:

In their schematics, they have the RS485 module and a 2 line serial display:

You wouldn't even need the module you're showing, and you can leave out some parts, so you'd get something like this:


Note : a 3.3V and 5V difference may, or may not become a challenge.
I guess that depends on the module. With certain circuits I did notice that feeding 3.3V logic to a circuit that expects 5V logic, at times may simply work without any conversion issues. This is then due to what voltage is defined as a logical 0 or 1. Seems to work for example with certain LED strips.

Here another tutorial for the RS485 - just without a display.

Pins they used:

ESP8266 RS485 Module
D2 (GPIO4)   RE & DE


Assuming you're using a 2x16 serial display - either with or without I2C. This guide seems a reasonably clear guide for that purpose.
Note: I2C is often faster, easier and uses less wires/pins.

Hope this helps.


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