I recently purchased this thermal printer from Adafruit, and want to print messages to it from my PC using an ESP-01 wifi module. The library with adafruit for controlling the printer is fairly simple to understand. My issue is communication from the PC to the arduino via the ESP8266.
From what I understand, I can set up a webserver on the ESP8266 itself, which can accept text input from the PC. I can then do a serial transfer to the arduino, which is connected to the printer (though, that brings up the question of whethe the arduino in between is actually necessary). Is this the best way to go about doing this, or is there a simpler method that I have not considered? And if this solution is the best one, is there a way to simply turn it on every time and have it use the same IP address?
Thanks in advance for any advice/direction.