Hello. I have looked around on the internet on how to decrease the tx output of an Arduino or mega 2560. I have read a few different ways of doing it. One of them is shown in the following link
Why is there a 2k resistor that goes to ground and not just the 1 k resistor. I have seen people wire this without it. Does anyone know the difference? Thanks for any tips.
It is a voltage divider. Bluetooth is a 3.3v device so this arrangement cuts Mega's 5v Tx signal to 3.3v.
V to Bluetooth = V from Mega x R to ground / both Rs. = 5x2/3
Using a 1k would make it 2.5v, which is not enough.
About half the pictures you Google will show no divider. I have never heard of of anybody actually frying a Bluetooth because there was no divider, but there is no need for you to be the first.
You can safely ignore any other way of doing this that you might have seen and, just in case you want to ask, Mega has no trouble reading a 3.3v signal from Bluetooth. Note that there is nothing intrinsically wrong with that diagram from Mechatronics but IF you are using a tutorial from them, I suggest you do so very carefully, and best not at all.
ok thanks alot understood.
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