Is the RTL8710 faster at waking up and connecting to a Wifi network than the Espressif microcontrollers?
Open Network The sketch used for this test is very simple: connect to the open Wifi network, connect to a local server using TCP and send a short message, then go back to sleep.
The RealTek RTL8710 is pitched directly at the esp8266 and it even comes in an RTL-00 module that has the same pinout as an esp-12f module. How does it fare at low-power Wifi?
Experimental set-up RTLDuino with an RTL-00 Module which houses the RTL8710AF ARM Cortex-M3 Microcontroller.