Basically I finally figured out what is SUPPOSED to happen, after getting the esp setup as AP, I can connect my laptop to it, and issuing the CIPSERVER=1,80, I type in the IP in my web browser. According to examples I've seen, then esp then sends a +IPD---- output with the connect data. However, I get nothing on my esp, then browser eventually times out.
Am I confused about how to get the browser input, or is my firmware just broken? It appears to be AT 220.127.116.11