I'm following the Getting Started guide on starting the ESP8266. I get to the apart where I upload the firmware and check the Arduino serial monitor for the ip address. Instead of seeing what is in the example, I keep getting garbage in my serial output. I'll post a few examples of what comes up:




Strangely, if I run a simple test to output "Hello World" in the serial monitor, everything is fine. Any idea on how to fix or what is going on?

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You probably have the wrong baud rate on the serial monitor. Make sure it is configured for 115200 (the combo box on the bottom right corner)
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