Used for programming, this cable allows the PICAXE to be connected to any computer with a serial port. The folks at PICAXE have developed a very convenient way to develop with PIC microcontrollers! By placing a small bootloader onto the IC, the user can download new PICAXE code onto the IC over a serial connection. This cable has a standard DB9 connection on one end, and a 3.5mm audio connection on the other. Works with all PICAXE development boards...
The PICAXE USB programmer allows PICAXE micros to be programmed from any platform (Windows and Linux). The programmer uses the FT232R and will show up on your computer as a new COM port. Under windows - you’ll need to install FTDI drivers but it’s really easy!
This board is effectively the same thing (once you add the miniUSB cable and 3.5mm audio cable) as the PICAXE USB Programming Cable. The difference is this board has two on-board LEDs to show the serial data (TX and RX) being passed back and forth. Why buy this board? Because blinky things are better.
If you’re looking to play with PICAXE microcontrollers on a computer with only USB, look no further! The PICAXE USB programming cable allows PICAXE micros to be programmed from any platform (Windows and Linux). The cable has the FT232R embedded into the USB connector and will show up on your computer as a new COM port. If you’re using Windows you’ll need to install some drivers, which can be found on the PICAXE download page below, it’s really easy!
PICAXE Download Page