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Introducing Arduino

Arduino Starter Kit

If you want to get started with Arduino, I recommend the official Arduino Starter Kit on arduino.cc. It has all the things you need for basic understanding of electrical circuits and programming the Arduino IDE. Including more than 200 parts and a project book with 15 interesting projects for beginners.

Become a maker!

Understand the mechanics and possibilities behind Arduino and add your creativity. Arduino can be used to control and monitor many things. Interact with the physical world in a new and easy way!

Arduino advantages:

  • There is no need to solder
  • Very easy to learn
  • Very well documented
  • Different sized boards
  • Different shields to extend the board capabilities
  • Many official and third party components available
  • Many examples and a huge community

Using a breadboard enables you to plug jumpers in an out without effort.

Choose the right tool!

A short overview of the four most common Ardino boards. Arduino UNO is your choice when starting with Arduino.
The Arduino Mega series works fine for bigger projects. Arduini Mega 1280 is no longer available.

Arduino UNO Arduino Mega 1280 Arduino Mega 2560 Arduino Micro
Microcontroller ATmega328 ATmega1280 ATmega2560 ATmega32u4
Clock Speed 16 MHz 16 MHz 16 MHz 16 MHz
Flash Memory 32 KB 128 KB 256 KB 32 KB
Digital I/O Pins 14 54 54 20
Analog Input Pins 6 16 16 12
Length 68.6 mm 101.52 mm 101.52 mm 48 mm
Width 53.4 mm 53.3 mm 53.3 mm 18 mm

Now that you know the hardware specification you can decide which board suits your needs best.
Because I am a webdeveloper I always tend to save data to a MySQL database. That is only possible when the Arduino is connected to the internet. If you got a WiFi network at home you should get an Arduino WiFi Shield.

NOTE: If you want to place your WiFi Shield somewhere in your flat/house, you will need a power source like a powerbank or direct connection to the grid to be able to run your Arduino combined with a WiFi Shield!

The more self-sustaining way would be an Ethernet Shield wit PoE (Power over Ethernet), but you have to plug it into your LAN. So the positioning is limited, respectively based on the length of your ethernet cable. You will need a PoE-Router or PoE-Injector, because standard routers DO NOT supply energy via ethernet cables!