So this is my first post here, although i have been searching the forum and tearing my hair out for about a week now.
I have made a universal remote relay using a Sparkfun ESP 8266 Thing dev board and it all works fine after I flash the code to it. It goes online fine, serial debug shows all the desired feedback on running even the working examples. However, as soon as I unplug the USB from my laptop and plug into any other source - or even replug into the same laptop, it goes offline and will not go back online.
I have tried all kinds of sketches and configurations, to no avail. I can’t flash the device and leave it plugged to my laptop indefinitely, I need to be able to power it from another source, but it seems to require a “kick in the ass” flashing to get it online. Any idea what could be going on?