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Alpha Clock Five and TTL cable question(s)

edited January 2013 in General

Just ordered my ACF from Adafruit, which shipped today. Psyched!

Im my haste to order however, I did NOT order the suggested USB/FTDI cable (

Will an alternate FTDI cable work??
a) I have the "FTDI Friend" ( I have that.
b) I also have the simpler USB/TTL adapter:

If you tell me that one of these cables will work, I will relax and wait for my delivery. 

Otherwise I'll place another order and get the correct FTDI cable.



  • edited January 2013
    The FTDI friend (a) will work, but the simpler USB/TTL adapter (b) will not work. As it says there, "This cable is not good for Arduino re-programming."
  • I just received an A5 from Adafruit a couple of days ago; it came with version 1 firmware.  If you want to install new firmware, be sure you read the instructions about changing the baud rate (in the Sanguino boards.txt file), since the v1 bootloader runs at a lower speed.

    To replace the bootloader, I used a USB Tiny, which worked perfectly.

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