Breakout Board thoughts
Hi everyone. I was hoping that someone out there could give me their opinion on which is the best breakout board. I have a CNC4PC Parallel Port Interface Card which I am not to thrilled with. I also have one of their Mini Power Supplies both of which I have had issues with. The soldering was done poorly on both boards and I repaired broken solder joints on the power supply twice. The breakout board ended up being one of those gremlins that was hard to figure out until I pulled my control completely apart and inspected the breakout board thouroughly and discovered several bad solder connections. I am pretty sure this probably fried something on the board because even after repairing the broken joints it still is not working properly. Anyhow can anyone who has experience with the different boards available help me out. Thanks.
Gee CAM_MAN, you must have gotten a "lemon". I've got two CNC4PC breakout boards (a C1 and a C10) in my system and they work fine with Mach3. Here's post 78 of the machine they help control: http://www.cnczone.com/forums/showpo...5&postcount=78 (3X3 Gantry router/mill project)
Since I have extended cabling I needed the 5V buffering.
These are inexpensive, but work for me.
There is the http://www.campbelldesigns.com/ Breakout that has many more features, but costs more. I've heard good things about it.
As seen in the picture, I used a wallwart(white unit on the right side) to provide the 5VDC
Good for you
Yes I think I did get a lemon. From the first day I got my router wired It has been giving me fits. I kept getting an intermittent growling and stalling that literallly went from one axis to the next at random. I went as far as to swap out a diiferent PC and swap out each one of my three G201's with a new one. I even swapped out all my cabling and wiring for each axis. I basically eliminated all variables but the breakout board. I was surpried to find out that it was because I had seen some good things about CNC4PC products. Anyhow I am glad to see someone up and running with their products. Hopefully mine will be running soon before my wife makes me get it out of the garage. Have a good one.