Arduino USB Host Shield
Arduino USB Host Shield: how does it work?
This shield is based on a MAX3421E controller, which has its own logic, analogue and digital circuits needed to support a full-speed USB device, or a USB 2.0 host at fast or slow speed.
The Arduino USB Shield is also compatible with the TinkerKit modules, so there’s no need to use a Sensor Shield to operate them – simply connect your sensor or actuator directly on the USB Host Shield and you’ll have access to a very nice range of modules and other devices for all your Arduino projects.
Connect a wide range of devices to your USB Host Shield for Arduino!
Once your USB Host Shield has been connected to your Arduino, you’ll have access to a wide range of modules, sensors, HID devices and converters that can be connected directly to the shield:
- Human interface devices: mice, screens, joysticks, etc.
- Game controllers for PlayStation 3, PS4, Wii, Xbox 360 consoles, etc.
- USB-serial converters: FTDI, PL-2303, ACM as well as some mobile phones and GPS receivers
- Android tablets and phones equipped with an ADK
- Digital cameras: Canon EOS, Nikon DSLR, Powershot, etc.
- Mass storage devices: memory card readers, USB sticks, external hard drives, etc.
- Bluetooth dongles
- Not to mention, of course, the multitude of TinkerKit modules designed for Arduino!
Technical specifications of the Arduino USB Host Shield
- Operating voltage: 5 V
- USB Controller: MAX3421E
- Maximum current: 500 mA when the Arduino board is powered by a compatible battery plugged into the board’s power outlet
- Maximum current: 400 mA when the Arduino board is powered via its USB port
- Male USB port: 1
- TinkerKit connectors (input): 2 (IN2, IN3)
- TinkerKit connectors (output): 2 (OUT5, OUT6)
- TinkerKit TWI connectors: 2 (4-pin), connected to the same TWI interface to enable chained connections of TinkerKit modules
Resources for the Arduino USB Shield
There are numerous links available to help you make the most of all the Arduino USB Shield has to offer.