Making a USB cable to connect the Balloon to a PC

http://balloonboard.org/hardware/205/usbcablesm.jpg

The standard method of connecting a Balloon to the world without adding any extra hardware is using USB to connect it to a Linux PC and running a network conenction over this cable.

This page describes how the cable is wired up, (one is normally supplied with your Balloon). See [USBNetworking] for details of how to set it up and use it.

You need:

Possible sources for the parts are:

The wiring is a simple 1-1 mapping, and normally the wires are sensibly coloured -

Top view of the socket on the balloon board:%%% http://www.balloonboard.org/hardware/205/con/usbs.jpg

Looking into the USB plug on the PC end of the wire:%%% http://www.balloonboard.org/hardware/USBdiag.png

Check and double-check the above - if you get the power the wrong way round you'll almost certainly let the smoke out.

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