Are not the same thing. Not even close. In fact the pinout is different. IF YOU PUT YOUR DOODAD in the PROGRAMMER… And it just gets hot. It’s the wrong doodads.
As penance for doing something stupid I offer this.
NRF24L01 is great for point to point communications. Possibly mesh. Not Wi-Fi though. More like bluetooth.
Esp8266 is a standalone uc with built in Wi-Fi that can make decisions on its own. The -01 model looks a lot like the nrf24l01. But totally different doodads.
So while I wait for my esp8266-01 to arrive…