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I am trying to connect my Arduino Pro Mini 3.3V to an nRF24L01 transceiver and cannot see what I am doing wrong. I've checked my wiring a million times because the problem hints there is an invalid or no connection between the Arduino and the transceiver. I have the following pin connections:

Arduino --------------- nRF24L01

--GND ------------------- GND

--VCC ------------------- VCC

---D9 --------------------- CE

--D10 -------------------- CSN

--D13 -------------------- SCK

--D11 -------------------- MOSI

--D12 -------------------- MISO

I am using the following sketch

#include <SPI.h>
#include "nRF24L01.h"
#include "RF24.h"
#include "printf.h"

RF24 radio(9, 10);

const uint64_t pipes[2] = { 0xF0F0F0F0E1LL, 0xF0F0F0F0C2LL };     //Addresses to send/receive

void setup()
{
  printf_begin();
  Serial.begin(9600);
  radio.begin();
  radio.setRetries(15, 15);
  radio.openReadingPipe(1, pipes[0]);
  radio.printDetails();
  radio.stopListening();
}

void loop()
{
  const char text[] = "Hello World";
  radio.write(&text, sizeof(text));

  delay(1000);
}

I have no clue where I am going wrong. This setup works well on my Uno, however I cannot replicate it on the Arduino Pro Mini. Can anyone tell me if I am doing something super wrong that would prevent this from working? I'm all out of ideas. Appreciate any help in advanced!

Update:

I forgot to copy and paste the output from printDetails():

STATUS  = 0x00 
RX_DR=0 
TX_DS=0 
MAX_RT=0 
RX_P_NO=0 
TX_FULL=0 
RX_ADDR_P0-1    = 0x0000000000 0x0000000000 
RX_ADDR_P2-5    = 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 
TX_ADDR = 0x0000000000 
RX_PW_P0-6  = 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 
EN_AA   = 0x00 
EN_RXADDR   = 0x00 
RF_CH   = 0x00 
RF_SETUP    = 0x00 
CONFIG  = 0x00 
DYNPD/FEATURE   = 0x00 0x00 
Data Rate   = 1MBPS 
Model   = nRF24L01 
CRC Length  = Disabled 
PA Power = PA_MIN
  • Sorry guys quick update: forgot to copy and paste the output from printDetails(): STATUS = 0x00 RX_DR=0 TX_DS=0 MAX_RT=0 RX_P_NO=0 TX_FULL=0 RX_ADDR_P0-1 = 0x0000000000 0x0000000000 RX_ADDR_P2-5 = 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 TX_ADDR = 0x0000000000 RX_PW_P0-6 = 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 EN_AA = 0x00 EN_RXADDR = 0x00 RF_CH = 0x00 RF_SETUP = 0x00 CONFIG = 0x00 DYNPD/FEATURE = 0x00 0x00 Data Rate = 1MBPS Model = nRF24L01 CRC Length = Disabled PA Power = PA_MIN – Johnny Barton Oct 27 '16 at 10:16
  • The printdetails output indicate bad connection or faulty module. Check your wiring and try again. – Avamander Oct 27 '16 at 22:44
  • Aside from the fact your program does not look like this one, I would venture to guess that you are trying to use the address of the pointer to the first letter in your character string. Try it again w/o the '&'. I think that way you will just use the pointer to the first letter in your character string. – st2000 Oct 28 '16 at 0:41
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Whenever you get an all zeros output from the printDetails() function you can bet you are having a communication issue between the Arduino and the nRF24 module.

Start by checking your connections.

Check your connections again, using a multimeter to ensure continuity.

Check your connections again (no, I'm not joking).

Finally add a capacitor (anything between 1uF and 100uF will do) between the VCC and GND pins of your nRF24 module: those modules are pretty sensitive to voltage fluctuations and they are subject to current consumption spikes at startup.

Pair that with a possibly not state of the art voltage regulator (especially on cheap Arduino clones) and you end up with a non responding nRF24 module: the capacitor will provide the extra juice whenever it's required by the radio module.

This is such a common problem that I started soldering the capacitors directly onto the modules to save breadboard space!

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