I am interested in Arduino projects. I want to learn to develop my own Arduino based system. The problem is I am not sure which Adruino board must I start with. Any ideas are appreciated, I have searched many discussion forum but could not find a satisfactory answer.

My questions are:

  1. Which Arduino Board should I start with?
  2. Is it possible to work on Arduino based projects without the board; like having a simulation of the board? If so how?
  • Start, exactly as your question tag says, with an Uno. – CharlieHanson Jun 8 '15 at 12:44
  • And I don't know of any Arduino simulators that don't cost less than the price of 50 Unos. – CharlieHanson Jun 8 '15 at 12:46
  • @chaaarlie2 Okay that is fine, any recommendations or points I must consider to get started well? – Nation Chirara Jun 8 '15 at 12:56
  • As @rslite says, get a starter kit. But before you get anything, buy a book. It will be more educational in the first chapter alone than any answer here will be. – CharlieHanson Jun 8 '15 at 14:33

My advice: - get a model with USB port (some do not have one) - the DUE might seem attractive, but you have less libraries available and less examples, I'd recommend it more as follow up - you will get frustrated if you do not know how to code, at least a bit, so if you have not programmed before, you might want to spend some time trying simple stuff just with your PC - same about electronics: if you do not have previous experience, it might be preferable to play a bit with a breadboard and some components (LEDs, resistors, switches, etc.); this will reduce the likelyhood that you fry your Arduino. Remember to buy some cables MM/MF/FF, you will end up needing all of them, sooner or later. For powering the board, you can find nice power supplies that cn be powered by a USB cable.

I have bought UNOR3 clones at $4-$5 on ebay, so if you can afford it, I'd suggest you buy a couple, that will enable you playing with I2C master slave and similar configurations.

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  • Well, thanks for the idea. I have a good programming back ground: C, VB, Java, PHP,HTML and JavaScript. As of now I am specializing with Java, C and C++, however, I lack an electronics background. I visited Ebay and found too many boards that have the same tug as one I am looking for. If please you can point for me one that I can start with from this list – Nation Chirara Jun 9 '15 at 15:05
  • this is what I would recommend: ebay.com/itm/… – Igor Stoppa Jun 10 '15 at 7:36
  • this is a bread board (but there are many other types): ebay.com/itm/… – Igor Stoppa Jun 10 '15 at 7:37
  • this is a variant I have never used: ebay.com/itm/… – Igor Stoppa Jun 10 '15 at 7:37
  • this is an example of cables, i advice buying male/male male/female female/female: ebay.com/itm/… – Igor Stoppa Jun 10 '15 at 7:37

Depending on your budget you could start with an Arduino Uno starter kit that will include the Arduino, breadboard and wires plus different sensors (like this one - but there are others with less peripherals and cheaper).

If you have a lower budget you can still buy the arduino and many separate sensors/LEDs etc from eBay.

By googling you'll find a lot of tutorials about getting started with the hardware that you bought.

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