Best wifi controller for WS2812b Lights.

Ok I do have another thread going on hear but this is a different topic. I will eventually be using an Arduino to control my light on certain holidays but outside of that, I just want to get a simple Wi-Fi controller. What would you all recommend of the choices that are out there? I have looked at a few on Amazon but the reviews and ratings have got me a little suspicious as to how well they are. So can some one point me in a good direction?

Honestly the best idea is to just jump right in and get a micro controller. You need to get a esp32 which is like an arduino, but wifi enabled. You also need a level shifter shift the 3v data to 5v for the strips. You also need a beefy power supply (how beefy depends on the number of leds)

Level converter

https://www.amazon.com/Icstation-TXS0108E-Level-Converter-Bidirectional/dp/B06XWVZHZJ/ref=sr_1_13?crid=2UHOWHXARK0QJ&keywords=level+shifter+5v+3.3v&qid=1556414955&s=gateway&sprefix=level+sh%2Caps%2C126&sr=8-13

Esp32

https://www.amazon.com/Espressif-ESP32-ESP32-DEVKITC-ESP-WROOM-32-soldered/dp/B01N0SB08Q/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=esp32&qid=1556415024&s=gateway&sr=8-5

Qdeathstar:
Level converter
https://www.amazon.com/Icstation-TXS0108E-Level-Converter-Bidirectional/dp/B06XWVZHZJ/ref=sr_1_13?crid=2UHOWHXARK0QJ&keywords=level+shifter+5v+3.3v&qid=1556414955&s=gateway&sprefix=level+sh%2Caps%2C126&sr=8-13

That is rather substantial overkill.

This would be more than adequate.

indeed, but i was thinking ease of use.... hard to solder onto an ic chip for a beginner.

I am just looking for a simple controller. I already have an Arduino but need to learn how to work it. Until then I just want something where I do not have to write the code. I am looking for something like this:

It does not have to be this particular controller since it has a low rating but something similar and better.

Qdeathstar: indeed, but i was thinking ease of use.... hard to solder onto an IC chip for a beginner.

Well, I did pick that listing from amongst the SOICs, but frankly, if you want to build these things, you need to solder.

When you post those links, please remove the nonsense - the "?" and all following.

Well all good advise on other matter but it does not answer the question.

QuinnVaros: I am just looking for a simple controller. I already have an Arduino but need to learn how to work it. Until then I just want something where I do not have to write the code.

It does not have to be this particular controller since it has a low rating but something similar and better.

How long can you wait? AliExpress has some like this that don't cost much, but you have to wait for it to ship from China.

surveyranger: How long can you wait? AliExpress has some like this that don't cost much, but you have to wait for it to ship from China.

Well I do have an Amazon account so I could get it faster but I am trying to avoid Chinese stuff since I have read a lot of bad reviews on most the controllers. Any other suggestions?

Make your own like I said. You will need to solder whether you buy the controller or build it yourself .

Everything is chinesium nowadays... and most of it works ok.

Most of the controllers you buy are going to be basically the same in terms of quality. I

The bad reviews are probably mainly due to not understanding how the strips work, power, grounding, connecting them to the right end of the led drip, properly soldering the connections from the controller to the strip, and using the right type of strip.

QuinnVaros: Well I do have an Amazon account so I could get it faster but I am trying to avoid Chinese stuff

So where else are any of these things made? :roll_eyes:

Qdeathstar: Make your own like I said. You will need to solder whether you buy the controller or build it yourself .

Everything is chinesium nowadays... and most of it works ok.

Most of the controllers you buy are going to be basically the same in terms of quality. I

The bad reviews are probably mainly due to not understanding how the strips work, power, grounding, connecting them to the right end of the led drip, properly soldering the connections from the controller to the strip, and using the right type of strip.

Well that will be hard for me. I am not proficient in building things like that. That is why I bought an Adruino but now I have to learn to program it. This is why I don't build my own and why I am asking about a simple wifi controller.

fastLED has a demo that will do basically everything a controller would do that requires minimal coding. like changing a few characters minimal

https://github.com/jasoncoon/esp8266-fastled-webserver