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Member Since: June 24, 2010

Country: United States



TU Delft

Programming Languages

CPP, Matlab, ..


Delft University of Technology [NL]





  • That’s a pretty hefty price for a belt and a few pieces of aluminium. If SF would manage to get these prices down, we would be able to make really awesome things, and scale things up.

  • I found it worked once for me too. After that i bricked all the 2560’s i had before i found out indeed the usbtinyisp isnt up to it.

  • Just a note. Doesn’t work [reliably] with atmega 1280 and 2560. Bricked an arduino mega 2560 and bricked 2 2560 chips before i found out. Ladyada also says so somewhere, the chips are too large to write to. Thanks. “should work with all the avr micros supported by avrdude: NOT TRUE”.

  • Thanks for your opinion, you should probably not buy the product. As your comment implies, you are obviously not the target audience (although you react in a way as if you are or should be). This seems to be ideal with people or kids who want to get into electronics starting easy 101: in that case things should not be hacky, and therefore are usually fairly expensive. note that there is a lot in the kit there, $150 is not that bad, i expected double (it’s why i clicked on the product :-) ). Your second comment is why Sparkfun is selling it: it’s because Sparkfun is here to promote science and electronics, and what better way to lure people into it by setting the bar extremely low.

  • I should note from vast experience with these modules (have had almost all of them through my hands, including the Xtend): “The right antenna” and “High gain antenna” here just means a very directional yagi. In other words, the stated ranges generally only hold true for around 10x less range with a omnidirectional (normal) antenna.

  • Connections are as follows (not mentioned in the datasheet) (1: Vcc) (2: D-) (3: D+) (4: NC) (5: GND)

  • read range 200mm? The guy in your own tutorial says, and I quote, “3 inches, definately not 7 inches”. That was in perfect ideal conditions. Weird specsheet.

  • Nice item, though i’m breaking my head on how i can buy a 1080p HD screen for the same price, or an entire netbook, or, a nexus 7.

  • This is actually delivered with a flimsy silver ring instead of the nice dark plastic screw that belongs to it.

  • 404 on the datasheet there

No public wish lists :(