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FTDI Basic Breakout 3.3/5V (Arduino Compatible)

SKU: DFR0065

$21.07 AUD, inc GST
$19.15 AUD, exc GST

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FTDI Basic Breakout 3.3/5V (Arduino Compatible)
21.07 AUD

SKU: DFR0065

$21.07 AUD, inc GST
$19.15 AUD, exc GST
4 reviews 0 5 4.8


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  • $3 Economy Post* (3-7 days, no tracking)
  • FREE Pickup (Newcastle only)

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This is a basic breakout board for the FTDI FT232RL USB to serial IC. The pinout of this board matches the FTDI cable to work with official Arduino and cloned 3.3V Arduino boards. It can also be used for general serial applications. The major difference with this board is that it brings out the DTR pin as opposed to the RTS pin of the FTDI cable. The DTR pin allows an Arduino target to auto-reset when a new Sketch is downloaded. This is a really nice feature to have and allows a sketch to be downloaded without having to hit the reset button. This board will auto reset any Arduino board that has the reset pin brought out to a 6-pin connector.

The pins labeled BLK and GRN correspond to the colored wires on the FTDI cable. The black wire on the FTDI cable is GND, green is DTR. Use these BLK and GRN pins to align the FTDI basic board with your Arduino target.

There are pros and cons to the FTDI Cable vs the FTDI Basic. This board has TX and RX LEDs that allow you to actually see serial traffic on the LEDs to verify if the board is working, but this board requires a Micro USB cable. The FTDI Cable is well protected against the elements, but is large and cannot be embedded into a project as easily. The FTDI Basic uses DTR to cause a hardware reset where the FTDI cable uses the RTS signal.

This board was designed to decrease the cost of Arduino development and increase ease of use (the auto-reset feature rocks!). Our Arduino Pro and LilyPad boards use this type of connector.


  • 3.3/5V output(switchable via Jumpers)



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Customer Reviews

  1. Review by Patrick verified purchaser

    Was having all sorts of dramas trying to write to my esp8266. This bit of kit really helped. (Posted on 11/06/2018)

  2. Review by Gregory verified purchaser

    Nothing to say except just works exactly as expected. Too easy. (Posted on 28/04/2018)

  3. Review by Matthew verified purchaser

    Works well, not tested at very high speeds as used with simple devices. Came with gang of header pins. Mind the polarity, maybe mark the GND end. I used this with great success on a Trinket Pro 5v for debugging and programming (without need for bootloader tickle). Jumper is way easier than cutting tracks or bridging lands. (Posted on 1/11/2017)

  4. Review by Ken - Works well but has confusing layout verified purchaser

    The device works well once it is hooked up properly. But to connect to the Arduino Pro Mini I had to mount it "upside down" to work. That is chip side down when the Pro Mini was chip side up. Unfortunately I had assumed they would both be chip side up when I soldered the right angle pins to the Pro Mini. (Posted on 2/12/2014)

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