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MAX485 RS-485 to TTL Converter Module

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RS-485 interface module using the MAX485 IC. RS-485 is ideal for longer distance communications compared to standard TTL or RS-232 serial. Arduino compatible.

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In Electronics, it can sometimes be difficult to understand the many different types of Communications protocols and connection methods that are used between various systems, devices and machines. However, each different protocol and method has its own specific use case, with some focusing on high speed data transfers, while others might focus on high response rate, long distances or even multiple different focuses depending on the application.

The MAX485 RS-485 to TTL Converter Module is a clever module that is designed to translate TTL Serial data into RS-485 signals, which offers the benefit of sending data and signals very long distances – longer in fact that the previous RS-232 protocol. This enables you to integrate projects or individual Components from remote locations, offering the extra benefit of Multi-Drop Bus networking to allow for those data and signals to be delivered to multiple points along the way.

This allows Makers to control or communicate with multiple servo motors, relays or even Arduino Boards simultaneously from a single device or primary controller, making integration of large-scale electronics projects relatively easy when compared to the alternative of running specialised cabling and boosters to each point that needs to receive the signals or data.


MAX485 RS-485 to TTL Converter Module  -  Technical Specifications:

  • Operating Voltage

– 5V DC                                                       

  • Conversion Transceiver

– MAX485

  • Bus Networking Protocol

– Multi-Drop

  • IC Pins

– Accessible

  • Dimensions

– 44 x 14mm


Typical Applications for MAX485 RS-485 to TTL Converter Module:

Whether you want to control servo motors, relays, specialised Modules or standard Arduino boards over long distances, there are few better ways to do it that with this MAX485 RS-485 to TTL Converter Module. In fact, compared to the previous RS-232 standard, as well as standard TTL, RS-485 is capable of reaching even further distances, with a theoretical max distance of up to 1220 metres before requiring any form of repeater. This is a near-excessive range for Hobby Electronics, but ensures that if you need to send data or signals over long distances, this module may just be the ideal – and very affordable, choice!


Additional Resources:

  • The following RS485-Arduino Instructables Project is a great example of how the MAX485 Converter Modules can offer benefits in commonplace Arduino projects.
  • This Fantastic RS-485 Tutorial demonstrate the power of this protocol when using it for sensor arrays and networks – which could certainly apply to other modules and systems as well.
  • Finally, This CircuitDigest User Tutorial does an excellent job at explaining the benefits that Makers can expect when utilising RS-485 with Arduino.


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MAX485 RS-485 to TTL Converter Module

MAX485 RS-485 to TTL Converter Module

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