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USB Host Shield is an inexpensive ( $25 for the full-sized board and $20 for the Mini variant ) development board designed to be used in embedded applications which require USB Host functionality. The board supports USB 2.0 full/low speed operation. Primary target platform is Arduino, however, it can also be used with any other micro equipped with SPI interface.

Examples of USB Host Shield

USB Host Shield 2.0USB Host Shield 2.0
USB Host MiniUSB Host Mini
USB Host Shield r.1.2USB Host Shield r.1.2

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Bestseller No. 1
ARCELI USB Host Shield for Arduino UNO MEGA 2560 Support Google Android ADK USB HUB
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ARCELI USB Host Shield for Arduino UNO MEGA 2560 Support Google Android ADK USB HUB
  • USB Host Shield for Arduino UNO MEGA 2560
  • Support the Google Android ADK
  • Compatible with Arduino Uno 328
  • Compatible with Arduino Diecimila / Duemilanove 328
  • Compatible with Arduino Mega 1280
Bestseller No. 2
USB Host Shield Compatible for Arduino MEGA 2560 1280 Support Google Android ADK & USB HUB Function
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USB Host Shield Compatible for Arduino MEGA 2560 1280 Support Google Android ADK & USB HUB Function
  • USB Host Shield support the Google Android ADK and Android Phone: G1, Nexus One, Nexus S, Motorola Droid X. (Note:Mobile phone system needs to upgrade Android 2.3.4, Tablet PC needs to upgrade to Android 3.1).
  • Compatible with following hardware: Arduino Mega 2560 (Recommended); Arduino Mega 1280; Arduino Uno 328; Arduino Diecimila / Duemilanove 328.
  • When achieves the Arduino USB HOST function, USB Host Shield can communicate with other USB devices, support USB HUB function as well.
  • The USB power pin have the 3.3Vin and 5Vin pins, which needs to be soldered for the shield to work.
  • Package Included:1 * USB Host Shield
Bestseller No. 3
AITRIP 2PCS USB Host Shield for UNO MEGA 2560 1280 Support Google Android ADK USB HUB
  • USB Host Shield for Arduino UNO MEGA 2560
  • Support the Google Android ADK
  • Compatible with Arduino Mega 1280
  • Compatible with following hardware: Arduino Mega 2560 (Recommended); Arduino Mega 1280; Arduino Uno 328; Arduino Diecimila / Duemilanove 328.
  • The USB power pin have the 3.3Vin and 5Vin pins, which needs to be soldered for the shield to work.
Bestseller No. 5
SparkFun (PID 09947 USB Host Shield
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SparkFun (PID 09947 USB Host Shield
  • MAX3421E USB Peripheral/Host Controller with SPI Interface
  • Arduino shield format
  • A USB type A female connector is wired up to the IC, and it also supplies 5V as any normal USB port would.
  • The Host Shield takes its power from the ‘Vin’ pin on your Arduino. Power from that pin is regulated to both 5V and 3.3V on the shield
  • All SPI signals are sent through a hex converter to step them down to 3.3V.
Bestseller No. 6
USB Host Shield 2.0 Compatible with arduino for Android ADK Support for UNO MEGA
  • USB Host Shield 2.0 compatible with arduino for Android ADK support For UNO MEGA
Bestseller No. 7
Heitune USB Host Shield for Arduino UNO,USB Host Shield for Google Android ADK & UNO MEGA Duemilanove 2560 Arduino
  • 1. Support for Google Android ADK, supporting mobile phone: For G1, for Nexus One, for Nexus S, for Motorola Droid X.
  • 3. Provide compiled APK installation package and ADK source file.
  • 2. Phone systems need to upgrade to for Android 2.3.4, tablet systems need to upgrade to for Android 3.1.
  • 4. Compatible with following hardware: For Arduino UNO 328, For Arduino Diecimila / Duemilanove 328, For Arduino Mega 2560 (recommended), For Arduino Mega 1280.
  • 5. After achieving for Arduino USB HOST function, can communicate with other USB devices, and support USB HUB function.
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Amazon Basics USB 2.0 Printer Cable - A-Male to B-Male Cord - 10 Feet (3 Meters), Black
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Amazon Basics USB 2.0 Printer Cable - A-Male to B-Male Cord - 10 Feet (3 Meters), Black
  • IN THE BOX: 10-foot high-speed multi-shielded USB 2.0 A-Male to B-Male printer cable
  • DEVICE COMPATIBILITY: Connects mice, keyboards, and speed-critical devices, such as external hard drives, printers, and cameras to a computer
  • GOLD PLATED CONNECTORS: Corrosion-resistant, gold-plated connectors for optimal signal clarity
  • PROTECTIVE SHIELDING: Protects against noise, minimizing interference for a clear signal
  • USB 2.0: Full 2.0 USB capability with 480 Mbps transfer speed

Best Arduino USB Host Shield Projects Information

This is a summary page for USB Host Shield project that I started in the spring of 2009. The initial goal of the project was to develop Arduino code supporting USB Host controller in order to communicate with USB peripherals, such as keyboards, joysticks and cameras. This goal has been achieved. The shield exists in configurations compatible with 5V and 3.3V Arduino boards. Current revision of the library (r2.0) supports MAX3421E host controllers, general USB functionality, enumeration of up to 44 devices with USB hub support, and MAX3421 GPIO pins access. The following device classes are currently supported:

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Read Also: Arduino USB Host Shield 2.0 Reviewed

  • human input device (HID)
  • USB to serial converters, including CDC ACM, Prolific PL2303 and FTDI FT232
  • Google ADK v.1
  • PTP with Canon EOS and Powershot extensions, as well as Nikon DSLR cameras
  • Bluetooth RFCOMM and HID (Sony PS3. Nintendo)
  • Xbox360 controller over wired USB as well as via a wirelss receiver
  • Mass Storage Class – USB flash drives, memory card readers, external hard drives/CD-ROMs, smartphones, etc.

Future plans include development drivers for communication devices, such as WiFi and cell phones, and support for other USB Host controllers.

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