Lot of things happening around the project at the moment. Probably you’ve seen that @Carp3-noctem posted about his initial impressions about the remote:
I’d like to say thanks to everyone who has contributed to the project at any level. I am super happy and glad that you find it interesting and see potential in it!
I made a test PCB with USB-C and an esp8266. The USB-C part was working, it got the 5V 3A max with the resistors. I still have to try it with a Macbook charger. If that works, than the power negotiation part is working, so it won’t matter what charger you use with the dock as long as it adheres to the USB-C standards.
The esp8266 part didn’t work out. Maybe it was a faulty chip, bad design from my side or something else. But while trying to track down the problem, I realised that using an esp32 would be a better solution to future proof the thing a bit more. So I’ve ordered another PCB with an esp32 footprint and when it arrives I’ll build that and see if that works out. I’m quite confident it will work.
The new dock parts arrived. 3D prints and the acrylic cover on the top, to let the IR signals out. Looks good, I’ll take some pictures soon.
There were also some improvements with the software setup flow. When the remote is turned on for the first time, it creates a Wifi network called YIO-Remote-macaddress and displays instructions on the screen. When you connect to that network, a captive portal pops up asking for your wifi credentials. After entering it, the remote connects to the network.
When the web configurator is ready, you’ll be able to continue the setup of the remote in the browser. Also mDNS (zeroconf) is being added to the buildroot config.