Hi Joost -
Thank you for the comprehensive feedback;
I have indeed, both from Paticle directly as well as this forum. There are some users in here that has helped me a lot and I am sure I really pushed their patience to the limit I am sorry to hear you have not had the same experience.
Hmm… Have you dealt with OEM manufacturers before? I my previous ±20 years of experience in IT (hardware) dealing with parts manufacturers abroad, especially OEM which it seems in this case you mentioned, is not ideal. That is, If they will even deal with you as and end user. I recall us trying to work with several, Foxconn being one of them as they manufactured the ECS boards and some other components we used at the time. In short, we had much more joy in dealing with ECS. Suppose if you are going to order 10 000’s of units on a very regular basis, it might be worth your while.
I fully agree…
I am aware of this yes. The original post though was choice between NodeMCU and Photon if I recall correctly. For me at least, the way I had to handle OTA was not as seamless as it is with Particle. Coming from Arduino and NodeMCU, I can only offer my humble opinion and that is that I am having much better success with Particle Photons, Xenon and Argon (on all fronts) than I have had over the last couple of years with NodeMCU (more specifically with ESP8266 chipset). Also the way the 3rd Gen devices handles mesh is far more stable than what I was able to achieve when using NoceMCU. I have to admit I did not try the NodeMCU with ESP32 chipset. Again, only my humble opinion and experience
I appreciate the advice. As I mentioned, I am relatively new, so in my opinion, the “step up” from Arduino/NodeMCU to Particle was a good one for me. I have not explored any further than Particle as the modules seem more than capable of carrying the weight at the moment. I also prefer sticking to a single brand for as long as possible and can honestly say nothing but good things form my experiences in dealing (and using) with Particle.
Thanks @joost enjoying these discussions and and very eager to learn more… these help a ton!!