Arduino Nano - RS485

In this guide, we'll delve into the implementation of RS485 communication with the Arduino Nano. We'll focus on the following key aspects:

The tutorial also provides the instruction for both Hardware Serial and SoftwareSerial.

Hardware Preparation

1×Arduino Nano
1×USB A to Mini-B USB cable
1×TTL to RS485 Module
1×Jumper Wires
1×(Optional) RS485 to USB Cable
1×(Optional) 9V Power Adapter for Arduino Nano
1×(Recommended) Screw Terminal Adapter for Arduino Nano

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Overview of TTL to RS485 Module

When utilizing serial communication on the Arduino Nano with functions like Serial.print(), Serial.read(), and Serial.write(), data transmission occurs via the TX pin, while data reception takes place through the RX pin. These pins operate at TTL level, handling signals with limited range. Therefore, for serial communication over longer distances, it becomes necessary to convert the TTL signal to standards such as RS232, RS485, or RS422.

In this tutorial, we'll explore the integration of RS485 (also referred to as RS-485) with the Arduino Nano by utilizing a TTL to RS485 module. This module facilitates the conversion of TTL signals to RS485 signals and vice versa, enabling robust communication over long distances.

Pinout

The RS485 to TTL module has two interfaces:

  • The TTL interface (connnected to Arduino Nano) includes 4 pins
    • VCC pin: power pin, needs to be connected to VCC (5V, or 3.3V)
    • GND pin: power pin, needs to be connected to GND (0V)
    • RXD pin: data pin, needs to be connected a TX pin of Arduino Nano
    • TXD pin: data pin, needs to be connected a RX pin of Arduino Nano
  • The RS485 interface comprises the following pins:
    • D+ (A or TR+) pin: This pin facilitates data communication.
    • D- (B or TR-) pin: This pin serves for data transmission.
    • GND pin: While optional, it's strongly recommended to include this pin to mitigate noise interference, ensuring optimal performance.
    RS-485 module Pinout
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Wiring Diagram

  • Wiring diagram if using hardware serial
The wiring diagram between Arduino Nano and TTL to RS485

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  • Wiring diagram if using software serial
The wiring diagram between Arduino Nano and RS-485 to TTL

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How To Program Arduino Nano to use the RS485 module

  • Initializes the Serial interface:
Serial.begin(9600);
  • If you use SoftwareSerial, you need to include the library and declare a SoftwareSerial object:
#include <SoftwareSerial.h> #define RX_PIN 2 #define TX_PIN 3 // Define the SoftwareSerial objects and their pins SoftwareSerial rs485(RX_PIN, TX_PIN);

Arduino Nano Code for Hardware Serial

/* * This Arduino Nano code was developed by newbiely.com * * This Arduino Nano code is made available for public use without any restriction * * For comprehensive instructions and wiring diagrams, please visit: * https://newbiely.com/tutorials/arduino-nano/arduino-nano-rs485 */ void setup() { // start communication with baud rate 9600 Serial.begin(9600); // wait a moment to allow serial ports to initialize delay(100); } void loop() { // Check if there's data available on Serial if (Serial.available()) { char data = Serial.read(); // read the received character Serial.print(data); // echo back to data to the sender } }

Arduino Nano Code for Software Serial

/* * This Arduino Nano code was developed by newbiely.com * * This Arduino Nano code is made available for public use without any restriction * * For comprehensive instructions and wiring diagrams, please visit: * https://newbiely.com/tutorials/arduino-nano/arduino-nano-rs485 */ #include <SoftwareSerial.h> #define RX_PIN 2 #define TX_PIN 3 // define the SoftwareSerial object and their pins SoftwareSerial rs485(RX_PIN, TX_PIN); void setup() { // start communication with baud rate 9600 rs485.begin(9600); // wait a moment to allow serial ports to initialize delay(100); } void loop() { // Check if there's data available on rs485 if (rs485.available()) { char data = rs485.read(); // read the received character rs485.print(data); // echo back to data to the sender } }

Testing

You can do a test by sending data from your PC to Arduino Nano via RS-485 and vice versa. To do it, follow the below steps:

  • Connect Arduino Nano to your PC via RS485-to-USB cable as below:
Arduino Nano RS485 to PC communication
  • Install a Serial Terminal Program like Tera Term or PuTTY
  • Open the Serial Terminal Program and configure the Serial parameters (COM port, baurate...)
  • Type some data from the Serial Termial to send it to Arduino Nano.
  • If successful, you will see the echo data on the Serial Terminal.

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