Various Notes

ESP8266 WiFi connection

Wow, the ESP8266 WiFi connection issues are weird. Stabilizing the power supply, using short wires, fiddling with delay() and yield(), nothing brought better signal stability.

But while doing some testing, I switched my source from NTSC to PAL.
That instantly brought the signal back and pings came through regularly.

Long story short

The 5725 horizontal PLL (pixel clock recovery from HSync) can lock into a frequency that disturbs the WiFi signal!
It's in such a narrow range that changing the PLL divider by a few ticks fixes it.

Quick Fix

  • Change the router WiFi channel (switching to channel 6 or 11 helps in my case)

Better Fix