Getting Started: Introduction to the Arduino Mega2560

In this video we will be programming our Mega2560 with a demo project that reads the sensor on the TE Weather Shield, sends the data to the serial port and uses a cellular connection to send it to the cloud.

The Arduino Mega 2560 is a microcontroller board based on the ATmega2560. It has 54 digital input/output pins (of which 15 can be used as PWM outputs), 16 analog inputs, 4 UARTs (hardware serial ports), a 16 MHz crystal oscillator, a USB connection, a power jack, an ICSP header, and a reset button. It contains everything needed to support the microcontroller; simply connect it to a computer with a USB cable or power it with a AC-to-DC adapter or battery to get started. The Mega 2560 board is compatible with most shields designed for the Uno and the former boards Duemilanove or Diecimila.

If you are not familiar with the Arduino Mega2560, you can use our Getting Started with the Arduino Mega2560 document to get up to speed quickly.