Motor Driver Shield for Arduino (L293D chipset)
The board uses two L293D chips. Each one has two H bridge that can controls two motors.
Q: How many motors can be connected at most?
A: 4 DC motors, or 2 stepper motors and 2 servo motors.
Following are options:
1. Connect 4 DC motors and 2 servos.
2. Connect 2 DC motors, 1 stepper motor and 2 servos.
3. Connect 2 steperp motors and 2 servos.
Q: Which ports are connected to DC/ Step motor?
A: DC / Stepper motors are not connected to Arduino directly. They are parallel-connected to 74HC595 and then controlled by Arduino. You cannot control the motor directly. You have to use motor driver board library to drive the motor.
Q: Which ports of Arduino are used by this driver board?
A: All of 6 analog ports are not used. They can also be used as digital ports（pins14-19）.They normally are used to connect sensors.
Digital ports 2 and 13 are not used.
The following ports are used:
Digital port 11: DC motor #1 / stepper #1（PWM）
Digital port3: DC motor #2 / stepper#1（PWM）
Digital port5: DC motor #3 / stepper #2（PWM）
Digital port6: DC motor #4 / stepper #2（PWM）
Digital port 4, 7, 8 and 12 are used when any DC motor or stepper motor is used.
Following ports will be used when driving servo motor:
Digital port 9: servo control #1
Digital port 10: servo motor#2
Q: How to connect unused ports?
A: Analog port (0-5 can be used as digital ports 14-19) is connected to headers at the low right corner. You can use them directly.
Q: I ran the example codes, and get the following error message:
“error: AFMotor.h: No such file or directory...."
A: Make sure you have installed the library AFMotor. Unzip the library file to the directory “libraries” of arduino.
Example: D:Program Filesarduino-0021libraries
And open Arduino IDE again. There are reference example codes available
Q: How to install into Arduino IDE？
A: Install Arduino compatible with full-featured driver board library to
Arduino. Unzip the library file to the directory “libraries” of Arduinio.
And open Arduino IDE again. There are reference example codes.