Raspberry Pi Debug Clip

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The Raspberry Pi debug clip makes using the serial terminal on the Raspberry Pi as easy as Pi!

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The Raspberry Pi debug clip is similar to the UART Debug cables providing the same serial terminal when used with Raspbian.

One of the biggest advantages of using this instead of a cable is that the wiring is already done for you providing less chance of causing any issues to your Raspberry Pi.

You are also able to then stack on-top other Raspberry Pi add-on's including HATs.  Simply push the debug clip onto your Raspberry Pi's GPIO pins and then push a HAT or another Add-on on-top.

Only requiring the first 26 pins the debug clip is compatible with all Raspberry Pi Models (excluding compute). It actually only then requires the two UART pins to be avaialble for use making it compatible with almost all add-ons including the TrafficHAT and Motor Controller Board.

The serial terminal provided is a full linux terminal allowing you to do tasks such as setting up a wi-fi connection, fixing code on a headless device or even program full programs.

The debug clip can either power your Raspberry Pi via the USB port on your computer or if you remove the jumper you can then power the Pi from another method such as an external power supply or batteries.

For instructions and guides visit out documentation wiki at http://wiki.ryanteck.uk/Category:RTK-000-006

USB Cable not included.


Raspberry Pi Debug Clip

Nice peice of kit. easy to build and works really well!


    Makes headless connection a breeze

    Absolutely love the Debug Clip! I bought the kit version (I really enjoy soldering) which took 10 minutes to solder everything onto the PCB and then it is just a case of pushing onto the GPIO header and connecting to the laptop via USB cable.

    It really is that simple. From there a simple Putty config over serial and you are into the Pi.



      Nice little lifesaver

      Great if you run lots of stuff headless and then start playing with network settings :-)

      For the RPi 3 - the clip does not work out of the box, apparently due to a conflict with Bluetooth. This can be fixed ... see the thread at: https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=141401

      I chose the:
      1. add "dtoverlay=pi3-disable-bt" to /boot/config.txt
      2. systemctl disable hciuart
      3. reboot

      option and all worked fine after that.


        Does what it says, but read carefully

        This was easy to put together and works as described. However, I
        assumed that it could be used in the same way as the usb-to-gpio
        cables such as the one from Adafruit. These provide 4 leads for GPIO
        pins, one of which can optionally be used to proI had assumed that the
        debug clip would support the twvide power to the Pi, but drawn power
        for the serial interface from the USB regardless.

        In general, there are three modes of use for a serial-to-usb
        interface, each of which might make sense under some circumstances: 1)
        separate power supply to Pi which then powers the interface, 2)
        separate power to Pi but the interface powered off USB and 3) Pi and
        interface both powered by USB. The cables support 2 and 3, while the
        clip supports 1 and 3. The documentation doesn't imply otherwise, but
        it also doesn't make this clear.

        I had assumed that the board could replace the cables, which it can't
        because I need option 2. I have a small cluster of Pi's all in one
        DogBone case and with one power supply that provides 2.4A at each USB
        port. I have all 4 Pi serial lines connected to one USB hub on a
        laptop and hoped to replace the somewhat flimsy connections using
        cables plugged directly into GPIO pins with regular USB cables to the
        debug clip. However, I certainly couldn't power the 4 pis from the
        laptop USB.

        On the other hand, it is very useful if the interface in the cable or
        debug clip runs off USB power -- that way the serial device shows up
        on the laptop even if the Pi is turned off, and I can connect to it
        before turning the Pi on and see all the boot messages (or errors),
        etc. Conversely, with the debug clip I have to start the Pi booting
        and then connect to the line from the laptop, which means that I miss
        some possibbly important messages and also that I sometimes have
        trouble with baud rate handling because there is output already coming
        from the line before I point a terminal emulator at it.

        The debug clip should really have two jumpers: the one it does have
        to determine whether or not the Pi receives power from the clip's
        USB connection and another which can be set one of two ways to
        select power to the clip from either the Pi or USB.


          Very useful and easy

          This is a fantastically useful item. It has saved my bacon loads of times when I can't get a good connection to the pi any other way. It is so easy to use with Windows and with Linux.


            Great product and really easy to use

            This is one of those products that you don't use all the time, but when your stuck and your Raspberry Pi won't boot or your running headless and need to adjust the network settings it is a lifesaver.

            I've used a few serial console cables, they all need a few cables plugging into the GPIO pins, it's very easy to get them wrong and I've even blown up a Pi before by plugging them in wrong. Ryan's debug clip over comes this problem as it just slips over the GPIO pins eliminating those miss connections.

            The other advantage is the chipset used does not need any drivers installing so works straight out of the box, unlike the more conventional console cables.

            With the advantage listed above and the very reasonable price this is a must have and can be a life saver. Go buy it now.


              Very handy bit of kit for running a headless Raspberry Pi

              This is a really useful way to connect to a Raspberry Pi without the need for a monitor or keyboard, or when you don't have an internet connection and you need to find out what's happening - works fine with windows 8 tablets or even an android phone with the DroidTerm app hooked up with a USB OTG cable. The activity lights provide useful feedback to check it's transmitting and receiving data and the jumper allows you to select if the pi is powered via the clip or not.
              I use mine with a tall 40 pin header so that I don't have to take the Pi out of it's Pimoroni Coupé case.

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