After a stupid amount of work to get the Onion to popup again in the wifi network bank, and then another stupid amount of work to get the ports turned on in my device manager, after downloading and installing https://www.silabs.com/Support Documents/Software/CP210x_VCP_Windows.zip - it still won't recognize it. I can't connect.
I can't even get it back to a previous firmware since I need to connect via serial.
Technically, I have an ethernet shield, but that has not worked.
The Onion has really soured my experience with development boards.
Everything from Day 1 all those years ago has been cumbersome and confusing. I feel lied to because the commercial made it sound so accessible and easy-to-use.
I bought this from Indiegogo years ago. I haven't been able to complete one successful project. (With the exception of maybe turning it into a wifi range extender, but I am not entirely sure that worked.) I couldn't even get morse code to work. I even jumped through hoops to figure out the morse code project.
Then I saw the new firmware update and thought it would be easier to navigate. Unfortunately, I downloaded it and now I'm dead in the water. I can't even restore it because the directions require a serial connection.
I bit the bullet when my board could no longer use Node Red, and I bit the bullet again when it was no longer cloud connected (which were two huge perks). Granted, it is too much of a pain.
I think I'm done for now. I might pick it up again, but I don't have the bandwidth right now. Despite my repeated failure I learned a bit.
Thank you for helping, and I appreciate the community. Since the Onion does have users of all skill levels, my suggestion would be to write (and structure) instructions as if you expect zero programming experience to read it.
More importantly, please have instructional videos.