When first connecting an FTDI cable or breakout board, use the Found New Hardware Wizard to locate and install the driver.If you want to use the D2XX library, the header and object files are included in the driver folder. If you’d prefer the open source libftdi, you’ll need to download and install the both the libusb-win32 device driver and source code, then download and build libftdi.Clockwise from top: Spark Fun Breakout Board for FT232RL (around ), Modern Device USB-BUB (), DLP Design DLP-USB232R () and DLP-USB1232H (), and FTDI’s own FT4232HQ Mini Module ().
If you’d prefer to use libftdi, download the source for libusb (legacy 0.1.12 version) and libftdi from their respective sites, then use the following commands in a Terminal window to build and install each of the two libraries: If you’ve used Arduino in the past or have the FTDI Virtual Com Port (VCP) driver installed for any other reason, this needs to be disabled before bitbang mode will work on the Mac; the two cannot coexist.
If one isn’t already in your stash, FT232R breakout boards are easy to come by.
Any shop that carries the Arduino Pro or Lily Pad, or some of the bargain-priced Arduino derivatives (e.g.
That’s great for tidy desks, but not so good if you enjoyed the dirt-cheap hacks that the legacy parallel port made possible.
Fear not, for there’s a viable USB alternative that can resurrect many of these classic hacks!