I'm not too sure just how many like me on the Arduino learning Trek have bought the FTDI FT232R and made the TRAGIC mistake of ordering from BANGGOOD-direct located in China but if you haven't and are contemplating doing so, do: DO NOT.......................THE FT232R (chip on a pcb.,) IS OF FRAUDULENT MANUFACTURE all according to FTDI[Scotland].
Having complained to FTDI., that I could not install their drivers to their chip, (I had worked very hard at the installation for 2 whole days), they asked me to use the Microsoft program "Microsoft® Windows(TM) USB Device Viewer" to read the chips statistics, the viewer reads all the information that is burnt/written to the chip as Windows uses these particulars to decide whether the programs/drivers that it is about to write to the chip are correct for the chip and if they are incorrect then to divert away from installing the drivers. I ran the program, screen dumped the contents to Photoshop, recorded the screenshot as as *.jpg the principle item I saw as incorect was that the chips own ID was said to be #0000 where the true ID is #6001. I then forwarded the resulting *.jpg to 'Support8, FTDI' who said to be precise:
We have investigated the device information that you submitted. This information indicates that the FT232R device is not a Genuine FTDI product.
As this device is not genuine it will not operate with FTDI`s certified drivers.
Can you please send details of the supplier of this device so that we can investigate the source of these counterfeit products?
FTDI Chip Counterfeit Statement // these were links to those statements FTDI Software Licence // ditto Best Regards, David Paterson Customer Support Engineer
Following all this I bought a further 'on card FT232R chip' from " mgbank" currently to be found on eBay at the link:- http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221552218333_trksid=p2059210.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT Within 2 seconds of my connecting to an USB outlet it was, without any action from me, installing the drivers. mgbank who have 66,643 product sales to their UK eBay account are very definitely to be trusted' Following the ordering of the FT232R it arrived by second class free postage just 1.5 days later and worked straight out the box. So forget china and saving a few shillings, very definitely forget Banggood at least for their FTDI goods and order from MGBank. PS I have no attachment with MGBank at-all.
All complaints I have made to Banggood have fallen on deaf ears.