Part of my reasoning was that I knew that "FTDI" simply stood for the name of the company that makes the USB serial chips.
Well it turns out I was wrong, I can't seem to get the Chinese one to work (Has anyone had any success with them?) so I guess I wasted a dollar. Boo hoo.
FYI: the Chinese one uses a counterfeit clone of the Prolific PL2303 chip, and does not work with the current version of the Prolific driver, but does work with the older 2004 driver for Vista. I verified it is actually working by shorting the TXD to RXD pins as a loopback, and typing into a terminal program and my characters get echoed back, and the TXD and RXD status lights flash.
The Chinese one does not have a DTR output to connect to the Arduino and thus reset it as it is about to upload the sketch, but I tried the pressing and holding the reset button on the Arduino and releasing it as the sketch finishes compiling and starts to upload, but could not get the sketch to upload, kept getting the avrdude not in sync error. Tried varying my timing without success.
Lesson learned: Spend a few extra bucks for a real FTDI breakout board.
As to counterfeit, No... more likely it is the version for which that driver was written for. Superseded IC's aren't necessarily destroyed... I'd bet a careful inspection of the chip numbering might solve this.. Issue.
Quote from: DrWizard on Sep 21, 2013, 06:36 pmPart of my reasoning was that I knew that "FTDI" simply stood for the name of the company that makes the USB serial chips.And indeed that is the case.Quote from: DrWizard on Sep 21, 2013, 06:36 pmWell it turns out I was wrong, I can't seem to get the Chinese one to work (Has anyone had any success with them?) so I guess I wasted a dollar. Boo hoo.Sour grapes. They work just fine for me.
Is this a genuine?http://www.ebay.com/itm/PL2303-USB-To-RS232-TTL-to-RS232-Converter-usb-ttl-converter-Module/370668480977?rt=nc
Thx! Will buy an original. To much risks with the low ones.
FYI on FTDI counterfeits:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU66as4Bbds&app=desktop