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JeeNode v2 kit notes

In AVR, Hardware on Jun 11, 2009 at 00:01

Just to make sure I didn’t forget anything – here’s the contents of a JeeNode v2 kit with parts:

JeeNode kit contents

For those of you who are about to receive the kits: they should match what’s shown above. If I forgot anything please let me know and I’ll take care of it right away.

The ATmega168 is pre-flashed with the standard Arduino boot loader and the RF12demo sketch.

As for assembling these kits, the main thing to keep in mind is the orientation of a few components and the ways things should be hooked up – see the recent post and the reference doc and close-ups on this site such as this one:

JeeNode v2

These are first-generation boards without silkscreen (I’m still learning about all this PCB design stuff!), although there are tiny markings on the top copper layer if you look really closely.

One important detail I forgot about is the antenna: for these 868 MHz units, I use a piece of 85 mm insulated wire. It needs to be connected to the ANT pin, which is the one in the corner as you can see in the above picture. You need an antenna, I’ve not been able to bridge even the shortest distance without one.