Raspberry Pi Pico W (Wireless WiFi) (CE08703)

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The Raspberry Pi Pico W is perfect for IoT and wireless projects, better still, it’s such an affordable 32-bit microcontroller that is packed with peripheries.

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When the Raspberry Pi Pico W is available will you be offering it with pre-soldered headers?
Cheers, skua74


There’s the Pico WH that’s also been announced by the Raspberry Pi foundation, similar to the Raspberry Pi Pico H (With Headers) | Core Electronics Australia but it’s not expected till September

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Very exciting and looking forward to obtaining one! What is the difference between the CE08703 SKU and the DEV-20173 SKU. I see the former is from Raspberry Pi, while the latter is from Sparkfun. Is the hardware the same, just a different manufacturer?

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DEV-20173 was just another supplier listing that slipped through the cracks - it has been retired. Thanks for the heads up!



With the shortage of Raspberry Pi Zero W’s I am looking to see if I can replace them with Pico W’s in my projects. But just a day into it and I seem to have hit a brick wall already.
With the Zero W’s I can update the python scripts and OS remotely over wireless using PuTTY and SSH.
With the Pico W I am using the recomended IDE of attaching the board to my PC using USB and running Thonny. This works well for development but once the Pico is deployed into use how are updates done? I may want to update the python script or update micropython to a later version. Surely I am not expected to pull the Pico out and re-attach it to my PC!. It could be up a mast, embedded inside a machine. Please tell me I am wrong.

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The Pi Zero W is a linux operating system and very powerful with the capacity for huge storage via a Micro SD card. Multiple programs can be run at the same time.

The Pico is very different, it has small memory size and is designed to run just one program at a time.
I have ordered a Pico W but I don’t see it as having anything like the ability of the Pi Zero W. Micro Python or Circuit Python would need functions that allow access via the WiFi. I think they are working on that now. But don’t hold your breath for anything soon.


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Hi Fractal,

It looks like there is an experimental branch of the webrepl hitting github - it may not be as well supported or stable yet but there definitely exists options.

Like Jim said, they are completely different beasts for different tasks.
Other Micros have this functionality in the form of OTA updates: Over The Air

In fairness to the Pico setting it up was easy, in fact far easier than the Pi. As for the Zero, intention is to use the Pico in distributed networks where running a single python script in a small memory is not an issue. Have only played with it for a couple of days but Micropython seems to do all the things I need.

My gripe is that development and support with the Pico tied to a PC is a fail. As a minimum it should at least have Thonny working over WiFi. It seems to be a great piece of hardware with immature software support. But I am the only person complaining so perhaps there are hidden solutions out there.


How much power does the Pico W draw, particularly when connected to WiFi :question:

I intend to power it off my car’s USB port and use it as a “beacon” to tell an MQTT server on my network whether my car is home (i.e. connected to my home WiFi).

My car continues to supply USB power even when the ignition and everything else is switched off, so it’s perfect for this. But the last thing I want is a flat battery! :worried:

At the moment I’ve been using a battery powered BLE beacon with Bleak on a Raspberry Pi inside, but the results are a bit hit and miss.

For the Pico the data sheet gives detailed tables and graphs showing power consumption in full load, BOOTSEL, DORMANT and SLEEP modes. At max load 90mA is frightening but the typical load of around 10mA is good. Sleep mode has the load dropping down to around 1.4mA.

Alas for the Pico W the data sheet provides no information on power consumption, instead providing info on powering. I was wondering if the Pico is suitable for solar power. I do not have any way of measuring the current in the USB connector.

I recall the Zero pulls around 100mA making it fairly useless for battery or solar operation.

My car turns off USB power when the ignition switch is turned off so I would use a small auxiliary battery for the application you describe. Agree you have the potential for a flat battery!


I started a thread discussing SLEEP and DORMANT states for the Pico.

Micro Python and Circuit Python came no where near the claimed current levels using the inbuilt routines. Using C++ code I was able to get the rated levels.

To get it to work in Micro Python I used direct register manipulation.
With just the Pico in Dormant mode I was able to achieve 0.3mA.
The register manipulation had to occur within the same def() statement.

btw the Pico uses about 20mA when running.


PS to measure the current I used one of the USB breakout boards.


Hey Skua,

We just got them online: https://core-electronics.com.au/raspberry-pi-pico-w-with-soldered-male-headers.html?updated

Feel free to reply to this topic if you have any questions!
Pico W, Buy with Header pins attached and Soldered?


Hi Fractal

I have a Ruideng model AT34 in line device. Measures all sorts of things. Current down to 1mA resolution up to 4A volts 3.7 to 30V and much more. A really useful device.
There are several brands out there but some are for charging monitoring and stop working below I think about 100mA. The Ruideng continues to work down to 1mA.
Cheers Bob


These are excellent devices and worth looking into if you’re using RPi0’s as environment or IoT sensor gadgets and want something low power, durable and with a good form factor.

The only minor issue I have is the inability to set the hostname value of the device during the WiFi connectivity process. It will use the hard coded " PYBD" value found in the driver. OK if you have a single device deployed; NOK if you have a swarm of them deployed and want to ID by or resolve using DNS. :wink: Oh well, IPs it is then.

Relevant GitHub issue for AP mode (AP_IF) but is present in STA mode as well (STA_IF): Can't set hostname in AP mode · Issue #8906 · micropython/micropython · GitHub


Interesting! Until MicroPython supports it natively, a static IP would likely be easier around the house/workplace.

Many routers these days allow a device alias to be defined (functions similar to a hostname, though is managed on the router). Failing that (and what I use) Pi Hole & custom DNS entries.

I’ve found Pi Hole custom dns to be so handy for setting up A-records for printers/IoT devices/anything. Configuring a static IP is worthwhile for those types of devices, so adding an upstream custom DNS record has zero ongoing maintenance.

The only time I go to the effort of configuring local hostnames nowadays are for services where multiple domains are in use; Flask/Apache/etc


Thanks for the tip! I’ve got 4 wired up ready to program for a little IOT project (temperature monitoring) so I might have found that a bit frustrating.

Thinking about deploying a few devices… mine will be logging data to a webservice. Is there an easy way to identify the device between boots? Mac address? Or is it better to configure each device with a unique name/id?


I think the easiest path would be to use the MAC and have the device register itself via your web service, mapping the MAC to a user friendly name. Each device uses the same code and no additional specific settings for each device. You’d just end up with n number of devices on your net with the same name.

@Gramo 's very excellent suggestion to use the PiHole’s “Static DHCP leases configuration” option to create MAC → IP → host name entries to create a host A-rec is probably the easiest to implement and would achieve the DNS resolution function.

Before you rabbit hole this though you should checkout the ESPHome project.

Here is a discussion about the PiPico feature:

Not quite there yet but people are working on it at least. :wink:


Sorry to drive this topic away from the OP - but for those reading in the future, for simplicity’s sake, you can use your home/workplace router for DHCP and static IP leases. Layer 3 stuff like this is sometimes best kept on independent hardware. Life is generally easier that way.

Then use Pi Hole -just- for DNS, which includes Local DNS Records (and ad blocking, of course!)

It’s a good idea to own the top-level domain, or, use a TLD extension that doesn’t exist on the internet such as mydomain.belongstome (instead of mydomain.com). Fyi, if Pi Hole was offline then devices would use their secondary DNS to lookup IPs which could be a security vector.

I hope that info helps.