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cheap ftdi cable or board

Hi Guys,

 Picked up a Feta from CTC now I need to find a cable or converter, I found this one are there any cheaper, I have seen the cable conversions but do no have a suitible cable

http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9716

Thanks

ossipee

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I'm still using Ro-Bot-X's $5 hack. http://letsmakerobots.com/node/23728

Will try the hack for short money but going to back it up with this just a little cheaper than sparkfun and more flexible I think

http://www.wulfden.org/TheShoppe/pa/index.shtml#BUB

 

thanks all

In the past, when I needed an extra FTDI connection, I have even used my Duelimanove board as a FTDI "adapter". Simply remove the chip and you got yourself a very big, blue, FTDI board --just add a few jumper wires and you are good to go.

 

Well that saved a few bucks

Thanks

Chris

This guy I would say is the "standard" for the Feta:

http://www.sparkfun.com/products/10008

It is similar to the one you are showing but the connections come out the end.

That said, it all really just comes down to Tx/rx and reset. I would think that just about any of the usb/serial converters you could find on Ebay would do it -even if the pinout does not match. This is what jumper wires are for. As long as your FTDI board (ebay cheapie or otherwise) has TX, RX, 5V, Gnd and a DTR pin, you are all set. It would be nothing more than just double checking you are connecting the right thing to the right thing with a few jumper wires.

In the past, when I needed an extra FTDI connection, I have even used my Duelimanove board as a FTDI "adapter". Simply remove the chip and you got yourself a very big, blue, FTDI board --just add a few jumper wires and you are good to go.

All in all, I would bet you could find a board that would work on Ebay for 5 bucks or so. --From there, you just have to decide how much of a pain you want it to be to plug in each jumper wire everytime you sync.

One plus factor with this sparkfun one.... is that it can be hacked  (mine is) for 5V or 3.3V output...neat if you need to program other Mcus at a later date... (price is questionable though)