Maker Go ESP32-C6-EVB quad-relay board supports Wi-Fi 6, BLE 5, Zigbee for smart home applications

The Maker Go ESP32-C6-EVB is an open-source development board built upon the ESP32-C6 module. It integrates four relays and four opto-isolated inputs and supports multiple wireless technologies including Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0, and Thread/Zigbee.

Makergo ESP32-C6-EVB board

The Espressif ESP32-C6 on the development board is a single, RISC-V system-on-chip with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5 (LE), and Thread/Zigbee (802.15.4). It is integrated into the ESP32-C6-WROOM-1-N4 module with an onboard PCB antenna, 4MB of SPI flash, and 23 GPIOs.

We have seen a fair amount of ESP32-C6 boards recently, including the SparkFun Thing Plus, WeAct ESP32-C6-Mini, ESP32-C6-Pico, and the ePulse Feather C6.

Maker Go ESP32-C6-EVB board back

Maker Go ESP32-C6-EVB specifications:

  • Wireless module – ESP32-C6-WROOM-1-N4 module with
    • Espressif Systems ESP32-C6 single core 32-bit RISC-V processor @ 160 MHz with 2.4 GHz WiFi 6 1T1R with Target Wake Time (TWT) support, Bluetooth LE 5.0, and 802.15.4 radio for Zigbee, Thread, Matter, 2.4GHz proprietary
    • Storage – 4MB SPI flash
    • PCB antenna
  • USB – 1x USB Type-C port for programming and JTAG debugging
  • I/Os and expansion
    • 4x relays (10A/240VAC)
    • 4x optoisolated inputs for DC voltage up to 30VDC
    • 2x UEXT connectors
    • Extension GPIO connector
  • Programming connector suitable for ESP-PROG
  • Misc – Reset and user buttons
  • Power Supply – 8-50V DC wide range supply voltage via DC jack
  • Dimensions
    • Board – 122 mm x 82 mm (Four mount holes)
    • Shell – 145 mm x 90 mm

The Maker Go relay board is very similar to the open-source Olimex ESP32-C6-EVB dev board released last year. However, it is slightly cheaper at about $13 and uses a different interface and connector layout. EasyEDA schematics, Tasmota firmware, and a sample program can be downloaded from the company’s website. Our best guess is that Maker Go based their dev board on the Olimex ESP32-C6-EVB (same name and everything), but they didn’t credit Olimex anywhere on the Tindie page or their website. Some tools allow people to import KiCAD to EasyEDA so maybe that’s what they used and made some modifications after that.

Maker Go ESP32-C6-EVB shell

The Maker Go ESP32-C6-EVB relay board can be pruchased for $13.41 on Tindie, and it may soon become available on Aliexpress along with other relay boards from the company. You can also get a plastic shell for the development board that leaves the essential interfaces exposed – optocoupler inputs, relays, USB-C programming, and power jack – for $6.

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