ESP8266 Thing appropriate Serial library


I am using a Sparkfun ESP8266 Thing Developer board, and wanted to serially read in data from an RFID transceiver. I found the espsoftware library on github (GitHub - plerup/espsoftwareserial: Implementation of the Arduino software serial for ESP8266) but it doesn't seem to work for my board. I believe it is designed for the esp module and not the sparkfun board (even though they both have the same ESP8266 processor). Is there a software serial library that I am unaware of? or is this library suppose to work regardless.

I get really confused with the whole library ordeal.

Thank you,

I honestly do not think you need a serial library. I'm reading a GPS at 9600 BAUD directly into the ESP8266
See: My Project Here

Essentially, a basic input function... fragments below.

void setup()

// --------------------------------------------

  if (Serial.available() > 0) {                                 // anything in the serial hw buffer?
      char c =;                                   // if so, fetch the next character from FIFO


// --------------------------------------------