Connect the STEMTera™ Breadboard

Connecting STEMTera™ Breadboard to computer

After getting use with the user interface of Arduino IDE, you can now connect the STEMTera™ Breadboard to your computer. You will need a Micro USB cable for the connection.

First, connect the larger end of the Micro USB cable to your computer. Second, connect the other smaller end of the Micro USB cable to the STEMTera™ Breadboard. The green LED light on the STEMTera™ Breadboard will turned on and different types of Operating System might also produce a sound indicating that a USB device has being plugged into the computer.

On a Windows computer, if you are first time connecting the STEMTera™ Breadboard, a dialog window will pop up telling you that there is a new device detected. Windows will search for the device driver installed previously and create a serial port on your computer. If you wish to know the name of the serial port, type

Win + r

In the open dialog box, type


then click OK. Device Manager will be launched and display a list of devices connected to the computer. Double click Port Icon Ports (COM & LPT) and the name of the STEMTera™ Breadboard’s serial port should look like Port Icon Arduino Uno (COMx)

On a Mac computer and Linux computer, the STEMTera™ Breadboard is automatically detected. To see the status of this automatic detection, open a terminal screen and type

dmesg + Enter

The last few lines will tell you the name of the serial port created. The serial port name for Mac and Linux computer will normally start with /dev/tty.

Note down the name of the serial port as you will need this to configure the Arduino IDE later.