Problem with CP2102 breakout

Not sure where exactly the best forum for this is but I had a quick question. I bought a 6 pin breakout adapter (http://www.amazon.com/Penny-CP2102-Module-Download-Converter/dp/B009T2ZR6W)to program my moteino but when I plug it into windows it says it has malfunctioned.....Tried 2 different windows machines with the same issue. I tried downloading the driver for the CP2102 but it did not fix the issue. I am unfamiliar with this unit so just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something before shipping it back. Should this be ready to go out of the box or do i need to program it to work?

Also I originally bought a PL2303HX USB To TTL To UART RS232 COM Cable Module Converter cable. It only has 4 wires so I wasn't sure if I could use it for the moteino since it has 6 pins (FTDI header) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008AGDTA4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

teedo757: Not sure where exactly the best forum for this is but I had a quick question. I bought a 6 pin breakout adapter (http://www.amazon.com/Penny-CP2102-Module-Download-Converter/dp/B009T2ZR6W)to program my moteino but when I plug it into windows it says it has malfunctioned.....Tried 2 different windows machines with the same issue. I tried downloading the driver for the CP2102 but it did not fix the issue. I am unfamiliar with this unit so just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something before shipping it back. Should this be ready to go out of the box or do i need to program it to work?

Also I originally bought a PL2303HX USB To TTL To UART RS232 COM Cable Module Converter cable. It only has 4 wires so I wasn't sure if I could use it for the moteino since it has 6 pins (FTDI header) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008AGDTA4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Cheap is expensive sometimes.

Try uninstalling driver, unplug device, and follow instruccions of the web manufacturing.

Your second device might work too, it has 4 pins, vcc, rx, tx and gnd. Thats enough to upload. The missing pin is cts, which enables autoreset, but you can do it manually. Check out because I read rx and tx are 3.3v and vcc is 5v.

Stop the fooling around and just get an FTDI Basic www.tinyosshop.com, $7 Uses a USB-B Micro cable.

CrossRoads: Stop the fooling around and just get an FTDI Basic www.tinyosshop.com, $7 Uses a USB-B Micro cable.

Nice price & unit but shipping was $20.00 unless I did HongKong Post which I assume will take a couple weeks to get here....have you had any experience with shipping times from them?

I was buying off amazon since I have prime and it's free 2 day shipping.

Then find an FTDI Basic on amazon http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=ftdi%20basic

CrossRoads: Then find an FTDI Basic on amazon http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=ftdi%20basic

Thanks, I obviously didn't know what I needed when ordering so thanks for the info :)

teedo757: Also I originally bought a PL2303HX USB To TTL Module Converter cable. It only has 4 wires so I wasn't sure if I could use it for the moteino since it has 6 pins (FTDI header)

It should work just fine if it is recognised by your Windoze, as long as the Moteino allows you to operate it at 5V.

If it does not, you can crack open the USB casing on the cable (it is quite easy with a fingernail) and change the red wire to from the 5V to the 3V terminal on the PCB. As long as the Moteino does not try to draw too much current whilst being programmed.

You will need to learn to hit the reset switch (only briefly) as soon as you see the "Downloading" prompt on the Arduino IDE.

I seem to recall that some "bodgie" CP2102 chips are deliberately not recognised by the official driver.