Category PS4 Guides and Tutorials       Thread starter BwE       Start date Sep 10, 2018 at 9:57 PM       13,178       39            
Following my BwE PS4 WiFi / BT Patcher & Extractor v1.00 from BetterWayElectronics.com.au, here's a guide to installing an ESP8266 inside a 10xx, 11xx and 12xx series PlayStation 4 console.

What you need:

1. PS4 10xx, 11xx or 12xx series
2. ESP8266 (Not the crazy hardcore wide versions with presoldered headers)
3. A USB extension cable, I used a micro to mini cable.
4. Cables that have header pins (male & female) - This isnt MANDATORY, but it makes it removable.
5. Screw Driver
6. Torx Screw Driver
7. Soldering Iron
8. Lead Solder
9. Flux Paste
10. Mana Level 100+ (Soldering exp)

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Rip off your BD board! Your ESP will be going underneath. This spot is PERFECT its like Sony envisioned it to be here!

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See? This stuff is easy to find.

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Be sure to test fit your ESP8266!

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Here are the measurements, just in-case you have some wacky weird ESP8266...

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The large pad is the 5v, the small ones in the corner are ground. If you are unhappy with my choice in points, there are others. You could go chasing it in the board itself, but you'd have to actually disassemble the whole case - my plan was to avoid this. Be sure to put flux paste on the pads and heat them up with the iron prior to applying LEAD solder.

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This is how long your cable to the BD board should be. Be sure to trim the tinned tips!

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It could be prettier, but hey! It will be strong.

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See! Now it looks cool.

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Now to do the cables for the ESP...

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I twist the cables, shove them through the VIN and G (Ground) then bend them. I then apply solder from the bottom side (after applying flux). Generally solder will flow to the top side, if it hasn't then just do it yourself. This ensures it will be TIGHTTTT.

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Tape that crap down!

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Oh look at THAT! LOVELY! Plug in the USB cable and shove it in that little gap at the front pointing up. PERFECTION!

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Close everything up and admire your work! OH LOVELYYYYYY

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PS4 Slim ESP8266 Inside by mrtwinky
 

Comments

BwE

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If you don't want to do this... Just buy a small PVC box from your local tech store and shove an ESP & SD Card reader inside. Use a rotary tool to bust open some holes!

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It surprisingly does not run hot considering there are no vents. But it looks nice hidden behind a PS4 somewhere. Power it via your phone charger or something.
 

PSXHAX

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Thanks for sharing this guide @BwE, especially as we have a plethora of PS4 ESP8266-related topics and so few covering how to install one in a PlayStation 4. :lovewins:
 

skinnybiggs

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Pretty neat but with the cache option not really worth any risk at all unless your one that owns this device. I personally would make a custom housing for the device still having it external... anything added to the ps4 case inside could possible distrupt air circulation as everything was designed to fit as is and was costly at that. Great f ing work tho.
 

BwE

Developer
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@skinnybiggs

Well yeah the guide is for people whom have their ESP8826 and just put it anywhere or nowhere. Hell, I used to just put it on a game case so it didn't get static from the carpet.

Yeah I made a custom housing (as pictured above) as I didn't want to open my PS4 Pro, it is quite nice.

There is no real issue temp wise by putting the ESP8826 under the BD board. There is enough space for it to receive the same air that the board itself would have. Plus the ESP8826 does not run very hot (30 degrees peak with no circulation, 25ish with?) unless you wire something wrong - then it will go berserk (50+ degrees) and burn your hand.
 
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