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  • Product TOL-12029 | about 8 months ago

    Yeh, I don’t actually care about what the thread was supposed to be vs what is actually is. I just want to know, if I order a m14 tap, will that work?

  • Product BOB-08745 | about 8 months ago

    Probably a dumb question but here goes… If I’ve made a shield using this kind of logic level converter to go form 5v on an arduino to 3.3v, what happens if I put it into a 3.3V arduino so that it is now going from 3.3V to 3.3V? Will it still function or just stop working?

  • Product WRL-09099 | about 8 months ago

    Well today I tried to change the 900MHz to another speed again and it worked just fine. Not sure if the earlier problem was mine, the wiring, the terminal I was using, or just some upset electronics gods. But it works now so I’m very happy. I wrote a simple sketch to try and measure the range. One arduino sends a number to another arduino which then replys back to the original arduino all over these xbees. I was able to get about 300 yards on ground level but that also included lots of power lines and buildings and trees so I’d image it’d work better under ideal conditions.

  • Product ROB-08449 | last year

    I’m just curious why the similar part from Adafruit is so much less expensive. 1.95 vs 4.95.

  • Product COM-10596 | last year

    I used one of these following the bildr tutorial on an arduino and it worked fine, but when I tried to use it on an ATtiny, I ran into problems. Turning the knob didn’t adjust the value at all, though at least there was no change when I wasn’t moving it. I can’t for the life of me figure out why. The ATtiny is operating at slightly slower speed (8MHz as opposed to 16MHz) but should be more than enough when all it’s doing is checking an encoder. The first thing I suspected was that the Software Serial was causing problems. So I took it out and used an led to represent the turning. Still didn’t fix it. I originally had the software serial tx pin as digital pin 2 on the ATtiny (using pins 0,1 for encoder). I thought maybe this was causing problems so I moved it to pin 4. It started to work better but not near as well as when it was on the arduino. It moved very very slowly when I turned the knob; maybe +- four values for a full rotation. The next thing I tried was changing the bildr code since it declared variables every time it went through the ISR (Interrupt Service Routine) loop. I moved the declarations outside the loop but that didn’t help anything. The final thing I did was to get rid of the interrupts and just have it check the status of the encoder pins every time it went through the loop. After this it worked perfectly, even when I moved the Software Serial back to pin 2. So I still don’t know what the problem was, but I know it works this way. The only real downside for me is that you can’t use any kind of delay in the loop because it may miss part of the encoder turn. If anybody can tell me what my problem was or has had similar experiences, please leave me a comment. You can view a more detailed description here: http://thewanderingengineer.com/2013/05/05/rotary-encoder-with-the-attiny85/

  • Product WRL-09099 | about a year ago

    OK, I just answered my own question so I thought I’d reply here. I was mistakenly adding a “k” into the baud rate thinking that 9600bps was actually 9600kbps. So the answer is, at speeds less than 156kbps, the baud rate is the limiting factor, not the speed of the radio transmission.

  • Product WRL-09099 | about a year ago

    This is probably a dumb question… but, if the data rate of these is only 156 kbps, then is there a benefit to running this at 38400 rather than 9600 or even 4800 or 2400?

  • Product WRL-09099 | about a year ago

    I just bought two of these and two 2.4GHZ modules as well as the necessary boards to use them. I tested both at 9600(the default) and they worked as expected. Then I changed the 2.4GHz to 38400 and they worked fine. But, when I tried to change the 900Mhz to any other speed, I just get garbage. I have tried everything from 9600-57600 and only 9600 works. Has anybody else experienced this?

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