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  • Perfect cable for Raspberry Pi

    posted by meltwater on 12/10/2012
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    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    This cable is ideal for connecting and controlling Raspberry Pi via PuTTY.
    It even works as a way to power the RPi - depending on the power supplied by your USB port.
    You will probably need a powered hub if you connect other things.

    Cons:

    The pins should be labelled, this would make it easier to connect.

    OtherThoughts:

    Also, specifically for the RPi, a single moulded header would be better (although separate pins does make it useful for other things too).

    Connection for RPi (Rev1&2):
    Red cable: VCC (Pin 2 or 4)
    Black cable: GND (Pin 6)
    White cable: RXD (Pin 8 PiTXD)
    Green cable: TXD (Pin 10 PiRXD)

    Use puTTY with serial connection: 115200 baud.

    Bottomline:

    If you have a Raspberry Pi, this cable is a must have to take with you.

    Note: Unlike a typical USB serial interface this cable uses logic level signals. Normal USB to serial cables use signal voltages which will damage the RPi without additional level shifting circuits.

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