Noob question - no pins on OSEPP nano!

I just bought an OSEPP nano, but it only has holes - no pins. How do I use this with a breadboard? Do I have to solder pins onto it?

thanks!

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Yeeah... thats a good start...

Lol, I can feel your eyes rolling in that reply! Let me be a little more clear: is there any alternative to soldering pins onto the pads? It was advertised as "breadboard friendly" so I was assuming ( hoping ) there was some kind of adapter with pins which went through these pads and into the breadboard?

I really hate to start soldering on my beautiful new nano!

JBoogie: It was advertised as "breadboard friendly" so I was assuming ( hoping )

It is not uncommon for some of the boards (especially the smaller variants) to come without pins. I can't speak for how OSEPP makes their clones.

The benefit to not including the pins is that it allows the end user to decide how they want to use the board. They can attach pins, sockets, wires, or whatever else they can think of.

JBoogie: I really hate to start soldering on my beautiful new nano!

Why? Given how quick and easy it is, I would think it would be exciting to solder some pins and get to work with it. That's part of the fun of hobby electronics.

[quote author=James C4S link=topic=90676.msg681107#msg681107 date=1328582490]

JBoogie: I really hate to start soldering on my beautiful new nano!

Why? Given how quick and easy it is, I would think it would be exciting to solder some pins and get to work with it. That's part of the fun of hobby electronics. [/quote] Thanks James, I am excited to play with it, for sure! I was just hoping to get things working on the breadboard first, thats all. That, and I know it will never be as pretty as it is right now :) (You're from TX...think of it this way: Kind of like getting a brand new pickup truck, and not wanting to take it off road for fear of scratching it! XD )

This -> http://www.sparkfun.com/products/10527 is basically what I was thinking of...I wish I had seen these before! In the mean time, I can't wait. Would you recommend just soldering a wire directly to the pads?

thanks!

JBoogie: (You're from TX...think of it this way: Kind of like getting a brand new pickup truck, and not wanting to take it off road for fear of scratching it! XD )

I'm from Austin. Austin isn't Texas. (But I know what you meant.) ;)

JBoogie: Would you recommend just soldering a wire directly to the pads?

Unless you were permanently attaching to a project, I would not recommend soldering wires. Even then, only if vibration was a concern. Pin like those you pointed to or sockets allow for more flexibility.

[quote author=James C4S link=topic=90676.msg681146#msg681146 date=1328585386] I'm from Austin. Austin isn't Texas. (But I know what you meant.) ;) [/quote] I'm a Sooner, so Austin is about as close as you can get to hostile territory for me! I have to admit though, Austin is nice!

Lol, I can feel your eyes rolling in that reply!

Sorry! My mistake.. All questions are welcome... Especially when you are noob.. We have all been there! 8)

Would you recommend just soldering a wire directly to the pads?

No! You are new to are Arduino, and you will make mistakes.. (We all do) Soldering pins will give yopu the highest flexibility. Thats my epinion. If you for example decide to make a movable robot, attach you breadboard to it with your Arduino. Then draw wires from your breadboard to motors, LEDs ect.

I will recommend you buy:

Jumper Wire Kit: http://www.sparkfun.com/products/124

There one-core wires are great! ect for connection to your breadboard power rails

Jumper wires http://www.sparkfun.com/products/11026

Multi-core wires. Just great to have :)

Hope it was useful... Happy Arduino'ing :P

All the Nano's I've seen have holes without pins. I buy single row header pins in bags of 40 pins per strip, 5 strips per bag --

http://www.frys.com/product/2068954

If you're going to play with Arduinos, stock up!

The Arduninos I've seen that always have pins are Mini's --

http://arduino.cc/en/Main/ArduinoBoardMini

I don't like them as much as the Nano because of the weird configuration of A4 through A7 on the end. That and they are a pain in the butt to program.

You can about 200 pin headers(male or female) on eBay for dirt cheap, though you'll have to wait a few weeks(http://www.ebay.com/itm/10-PCS-Single-Row-Male-1X40-Pin-Header-Strip-2-54-mm-/250901897273?pt=Vintage_Electronics_R2&hash=item3a6aeb2039). I got an LCD from sparkfun and had to solder headers onto it. It was the first thing I had ever soldered, but I managed to do it without burning the board up. I was using .062" diameter solder(I don't know if that's big or small, comparatively speaking) and I found myself getting globs of solder across 2 or 3 pins,which I had to try and "cut" later with the iron, so maybe get some thin solder(this whole soldering thing is assuming you haven't soldered before, which it sounded like from your posts). And yes, I do like parentheses a lot(if you couldn't tell).