nRF24L01+ Mini Proto Board
The ForceTronics nRF24L01 Mini Proto Board was designed to allow quick connection and setup of nRF24L01+ Transceiver Modules to get you up and running quick. The nRF24L01+ module's 2x4 pin header does not allow it to be connected to a standard solderless breadboard. The Mini Proto takes care of that by moving the pins out to the side to fit standard breadboard spacing. It also provides two integrated capacitors to ensure the nRF24L01+ module gets the current it needs during transmit while maintaining a steady voltage level. The first one is a 100nF ceramic cap for smoothing out the supply voltage during fast transmit pulses. The second one is a 47uF electrolytic cap to deliver power quickly when a transmit pulse first starts ramping up.
The nRF24L01 Mini Proto Board comes with:
- Mini Proto PCB Board
- 100 nF capacitor and 47uF capacitor (pre-soldered)
- 2.54mm 1x4 males pins (x2)
- 2.54mm 2x4 female header
You can also add an nRF24L01+ Transceiver Module for $1. To keep cost down the Mini Proto Board does not come with the male pins or female pin header pre-soldered. You have the option to have them pre-soldered for a $1.
Note that this board with its two capacitors can support nRF24L01+ transceiver modules that have power amplifiers added to them for longer transmit ranges. Before using them with the Mini Proto Board please review the "Additional Info" section below.
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If you are new to the magnificent nRF24L01+ Transceiver Module, here are some video tutorials to get you started:
Arduino library on GitHub for using the nRF24L01+ Transceiver Module: http://maniacbug.github.io/RF24/index.html
Eagle files for nRF24L01 Mini Proto Board on GitHub:
Using the Mini Proto with higher power versions of the nRF24L01+ modules that employ a power amplifier has been tested with the module going by the name "nRF24L01+PA+LNA." To operate these modules with the antenna attached directly to the module you will need to set the transmit power of the nRF24L01 to "Low." If you operate this module at higher transmit power with the antenna attached they will interfere with their own receiver and cause issues. To avoid this the module must either have metal shielding or have the antenna connected further away from the module. It is not recommended to use these modules on "Max" transmit power with the Mini Proto.