I was able to update arduino IDE to include the ESP8266 arduino files via the board manager, and write a successful example sketch to the 8266.
I believe that I have the correct libraries downloaded into my library folder, as when I try to compile his code I don't get any errors there.
The error I get is wifiStart not included in this scope.
Could there be an issue with one of the libraries? Should I download all libraries into my folder and not count on the board manager?