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This is revision 2.0 of USB Host Shield. Thanks to the new interface layout it is now compatible with more Arduinos – not only UNO and Duemilanove but also big Mega and Mega 2560 work with the Standard variant of this shield out of the box.

No more SPI re-wiring and code modifications – just solder included stackable connectors (2×3 ICSP connector’s female side should be facing down), plug and play!

This article will give you a review of Arduino USB Host Shield 2.0, so keep on reading.

USB Host Shield 2.0 for Arduino

Arduino USB Host Shield 2.0 Overview

This shield is shipped as a kit, containing a populated and tested board plus a set of stackable headers, which you need to solder on the board. A fully assembled shield is also available.

This shield will work with standard (dual 5/3.3V) and 3.3V-only (for example, Arduino Pro) boards. Arduino clones with standard connector layout, including ICSP connector, should work, however only BlackWidow has been tested so far.

If your Arduino clone doesn’t follow the classic layout, take a look at the previous revision of the shield. The following device classes are currently supported by the shield:

  • HID devices, such as keyboards, mice, joysticks, etc.
  • game controllers – Sony PS3, Nintendo Wii, Xbox360
  • USB to serial converters – FTDI, PL-2303, ACM, as well as certain cell phones and GPS receivers
  • ADK-capable Android phones and tables
  • Digital cameras – Canon EOS, Powershot, Nikon DSLRs and P&S, as well as generic PTP
  • Mass storage devices, such as USB sticks, memory card readers, and external hard drives
  • Bluetooth dongles

Support for more devices is currently in development.

The shield is shipped from the United States.

If you live in Europe, there are two places that distribute it. First, this board is distributed by lipoly.de. Check them out – for Europeans, shipping time (and possibly shipping price) should be much better!

Second, TKJ Electronics carries them as well. They also offer a header soldering service for a small fee. They’re also a major contributor to the USB Host library – check their blog often!

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The following is an older archive article on our site.    See newer USB HOST Sheilds on Amazon Above

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USB Host Shield 2.0 – bare PCB

USB Host Shield 2.0 – bare PCB

This is a bare PCB of USB Host Shield 2.0 – for those who prefer building their own.

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USB Host Shield 2.0 for Arduino – Assembled

USB Host Shield 2.0 for Arduino – Assembled

This is revision 2.0 of USB Host Shield. Thanks to new interface layout it is now compatible with more Arduinos – not only UNO and Duemilanove, but also big Mega and Mega 2560 work with Standard variant of this shield out of the box. No more SPI re-wiring and code modifications – just plug and play!

This shield comes with standard 0.1″ headers soldered on – if you prefer stackable headers and don’t mind soldering take a look at the kit variant of the shield.

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This shield will work with standard (dual 5/3.3V) and 3.3V-only (for example, Arduino Pro) boards.

Arduino clones with standard connector layout, including ICSP connector, should work, however only BlackWidow has been tested so far.

If your Arduino clone doesn’t follow the classic layout, take a look at the previous revision of the shield.

The following device classes are currently supported by the shield:

  • HID devices, such as keyboards, mice, joysticks, etc.
  • game controllers – Sony PS3, Nintendo Wii, Xbox360
  • USB to serial converters – FTDI, PL-2303, ACM, as well as certain cell phones and GPS receivers
  • ADK-capable Android phones and tables
  • Digital cameras – Canon EOS, Powershot, Nikon DSLRs and P&S, as well as generic PTP
  • Mass storage devices, such as USB sticks, memory card readers, and external hard drives
  • Bluetooth dongles

Support for more devices is currently in development.

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USB Host Shield for Arduino Pro Mini

USB Host Shield for Arduino Pro Mini

This is a USB Host Shield designed to be easily combined with the “Mini” variant of Arduino Board, specifically, Sparkfun 3.3V Arduino Pro Mini. It will also work with other 3.3V Arduinos. Also, due to its’ small size, it can be used as general MAX3421E breakout board.

This shield is fully compatible and supported by USB Host Shield Library. Arduino Pro Mini is not included.

In Europe, this board is distributed by lipoly.de. Check them out – for Europeans, shipping time (and possibly shipping price) should be much better!

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USB Host Shield for Arduino

USB Host Shield for Arduino

This is the legacy product to be used with older and other “not so compatible” Arduino boards. For most other cases, the latest revision of the board is recommended.

This shield adds USB Host capabilities to the popular Arduino platform. Comes in four different configurations (details in the article). Software support for new devices is constantly added; at the moment, code for USB keyboard and PS3 controller is ready with Bluetooth and digital cameras in the works.

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To learn more about the project, browse the USB Shield category on this site. If you are planning to use this shield with one of the “Big” Arduinos, like Mega or 2560, SPI signals would have to be rerouted, i.e., pins 13,12,11 of the shield should be connected to pins 50,52,51 of the Mega.

Solarbotcis sells my boards. If you are in Canada, you may want to check them out for better shipping time and rates.

FAQs About Arduino USB Host Shield 2.0

What is usb2 host?

The MAX3421E-based USB Host Shield Library has been updated to version 2.0. HID devices, FTDI, ADK, ACM, PL2303, Bluetooth HID devices, SPP communication, and mass storage devices are all supported. It also works with PS3, PS4, PS5, PS Buzz, Wii, Switch Pro, and Xbox controllers.

What is USB Host Shield?

The USB Host Shield includes all of the digital logic and analog circuitry required to build a full-speed USB peripheral/host controller with your Arduino. This means you can use your Arduino to communicate with and control any USB slave device, including thumbdrives, digital cameras, bluetooth dongles, and much more!

Does Arduino work with USB hub?

I frequently use USB hubs for Arduino development and in the classroom. However, a “powered hub” with a separate plug-in power supply is required. This gives you more power than the computer into which the hub is plugged.

What is a host Shield?

The USB Host Shield is a low-cost development board intended for use in embedded applications that require USB Host functionality. The board supports full/low speed USB 2.0 operation. The Arduino is the primary target platform, but it can also be used with any other micro equipped with an SPI interface.

What is USB host mode?

The Android-powered device serves as the host in USB host mode. Digital cameras, keyboards, mice, and game controllers are examples of devices. USB devices designed for a variety of applications and environments can still interact with Android applications that can communicate with the device correctly.

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