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Hi all,

Any good way to organize wires from arduino to Perfboard. i had connected my arduino to my Perfboard (which holds a 293d motor driver) and with all the wires between them, it look so untidy and troubleshooting a nightmare..any good tips for reducing or organizing the wires? many thanks

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Ribbon cables- I knew there was a reason why I kept all those old computer parts. also zipties
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Get a strip of SIP pins and place them on your breadboard and in the Arduino pin header, then you can use a connectorised cable to route between and keep them organised.  

http://nkcelectronics.com/break-away-header--male--40p40.html
http://nkcelectronics.com/servo-extension-cable.html

Or you can get those pre-made wires, all separate though.
http://nkcelectronics.com/breadboard-jumper-wire-70pcs-pa70.html

There are many suppliers of those items.

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i used the SIP header with individual strand of wire but with the crossing of breadboard jumper wires between the perfboard to the arduino, maybe i lack the insight to use them in the correct way. thanks for your suggestion.

btw can show any pict or links to hope to utilize the ribbon wire to connect from the perfboard to the arduino? that will help visualizing the outcome better.

perhaps i can place align all the headers in a single file, and solder the headers end to the individual pins on the chips and use the rainbow wire to connect all of them to the arduino.

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or using molex connector?
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Sure, the 0.1in type or ??

Anyway, if you can solder you can improvise: you can use rainbow cable if you have it or just evenly cut and stripped stranded wire and a section of strip board.
If you have more heavy gauge wire than $$, then you could use that instead of the SIP pins.

One of these at both ends of the cable:

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For temporary connections, I solder these:
http://i.ebayimg.com/t/100-pcs-1-x-20-PIN-2-54mm-1-BREAKAWAY-HEADER-PIN-STRIP-FAST-DEL-USA-SELLER-/00/s/MTU5OVgxNjAw/$(KGrHqF,!lEE-j2UWj4YBPt70rZbrw~~60_57.JPG
to either old computer cables or the rainbow colored ribbon cables you can find on ebay and then plug them into corresponding female headers like those found on the arduino. For permanent projects, wires are soldered directly to boards. It also helps to take a few minutes think about the design and where things go before hand.  
@ runawaypancake: yeah just like that, you beat me to it
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When buying SIP strips - make sure that the pins, on both sides of the plastic (carrier) are long enough to make good contact in a breadboard and the Arduino connectors.  (Some strips' pins aren't long enough, being the solder pins for fixing in a circuit board, too short for this.)
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Hi,
I used to find this the most tedious part of any project until i started building standalone arduinos on the same board as the rest of my project, its so much faster this way. You get common power, ground and 5volt rails, signal routing is simple and the end result is also much more compact.

Here is an early example from before i realised the high cost of perfboard featuring a 293 the same as your project -

http://rcarduino.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/rc-arduino-robot.html?m=1

I try to be more compact/cost aware these days

Duane B

rcarduino.blogspot.com
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I too move my Arduino designs to a standalone atmega328p or attriny on a PCB or stripboard along with whatever other components are needed. For connecting LCDs, push buttons etc. I generally use connectors like this http://www.maplin.co.uk/0.1inch-series-straight-plug-pcb-header-1487 on the board and crimp headers like this http://www.maplin.co.uk/0.1-series-socket-housing-1490 to connect the cables.
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