Shields

Easy to mount, easy to use shields provide additional functionality to an Arduino board

Arduino and Arduino-compatible boards make use of shields, expansion boards that plug into the normally supplied Arduino pin-headers. The different shields follow the same philosophy as the original toolkit: they are easy to mount and easy to use. Shields can provide additional functionality to an Arduino board, including motor control, GPS, Ethernet, LCD display, and bread boarding (prototyping).

The Arduino Ethernet shields connect your Arduino to the internet in mere minutes. Just plug this module onto your Arduino board, connect it to your network with an RJ45 cable (not included), and follow a few simple instructions to start controlling your world through the internet. As always with Arduino, every element of the platform – hardware, software, and documentation – is freely available and open-source. This means you can learn exactly how it is made, and use its design as the starting point for your own circuits.

The Arduino Wi-Fi shield connects your Arduino to the internet wirelessly. Connect it to your wireless network by following a few simple instructions to start controlling your world through the internet. As always with Arduino, every element of the platform – hardware, software and documentation – is freely available and open-source. This means you can learn exactly how it is made and use its design as the starting point for your own circuits.

The Wireless SD shield allows an Arduino board to communicate wirelessly using a wireless module. It is based on the Xbee modules from Digi, but can use any module with the same footprint. The module can communicate up to 100 feet indoors or 300 feet outdoors (with line-of-sight). It can be used as a serial/USB replacement, or it can be put into a command mode and configured for a variety of broadcast and mesh networking options. The shields breaks out each of the Xbee's pins to a through-hole solder pad. Included on board is a SD card slot. When using the SD library to access the card, pin 4 is CS and cannot be used otherwise. SPI also relies on pins 11, 12, and 13 for communication. An on-board switch allows the wireless module to communicate with the USB-to-serial converter or with the microcontroller.

Ethernet Shields

ImageManufacturer Part NumberDescriptionPlatformAvailable Quantity
ETHERNET SHIELD 2 W/O POEA000024ETHERNET SHIELD 2 W/O POEArduino0A000024 product page link

WiFi Shield

ImageManufacturer Part NumberDescriptionPlatformTypeFunctionAvailable Quantity
ARDUINO WIFI SHIELD W/ ANTENNAA000058ARDUINO WIFI SHIELD W/ ANTENNAArduinoRFTransceiver0A000058 product page link

Wireless SD Shields

ImageManufacturer Part NumberDescriptionPlatformFunctionAvailable Quantity
ARDUINO SHIELD - WIRELESS SDA000065ARDUINO SHIELD - WIRELESS SDArduinoTransceiver106 - Immediate
A000065 product page link
ARDUINO SHIELD - WIRELESSA000064ARDUINO SHIELD - WIRELESSArduinoTransceiver0A000064 product page link

Other Shields

ImageManufacturer Part NumberDescriptionAvailable Quantity
A000010 datasheet linkSTARTER KIT W/ARDUINO BOARDA000010STARTER KIT W/ARDUINO BOARD104 - Immediate
A000010 product page link
USB TO SERIAL CONVERTER BOARDA000059USB TO SERIAL CONVERTER BOARD26 - Immediate
A000059 product page link
A000007 datasheet linkKIT XBEE/SHIELD ARDUINOA000007KIT XBEE/SHIELD ARDUINO20 - Immediate
A000007 product page link
SHIELD XBEE FOR ARDUINO BOARDA000021SHIELD XBEE FOR ARDUINO BOARD0A000021 product page link
ARDUINO SHIELD - PROTO PCBA000082ARDUINO SHIELD - PROTO PCB0A000082 product page link
A000083 datasheet linkSHIELD - PROTO KIT REV3A000083SHIELD - PROTO KIT REV30A000083 product page link
X000002 datasheet linkPOE MODULEX000002POE MODULE0X000002 product page link
Published: 2013-03-18