It can't be connecting to my LAN WiFi AP because I have never given it the SSID and passphrase, not even when running other firmware. I.e. the device has never been given my LAN SSID and PW, all testing has been with the ESP8266 in AP mode.
With the Basic firmware flashed I have never seen anything but garbage over serial after flashing, within the flasher tool and in PuTTY no matter what bitrate I choose.
I know the problem must be with me but I can't figure out where I have gone wrong.
Hopefully it isn't just finding some open AP in my area and connecting to that!
No WiFi, no serial, no nothing. It just spews a few garbage characters each reset.
If I then flash it with NodeMCU the WiFi is alive and serial works too. I can enter a trivial LUA web server and that works fine.