emonTx Shield + Nanode RF - What about the ISP connector?

I have a NanodeRF* and was thinking of getting a emonTx Shield to use with it, and then I noticed the shield has a 2x3 connector in the middle for ISP pins but the Nanode does not have ISP pins in the same place as other Arduinos.

  1. The Nanode is listed as being compatible - does this mean the ISP connector is optional?
  2. Why is the ISP connector needed? From what I can tell, it looks like all the pins in the ISP cluster are already connected via the pins on the edges of the board.

Thanks for your help!

  • a kit that was sitting in a box for 10 years that I finally assembled today

Welcone, fae, to the OEM forum.

The ISP connector isn’t normally needed. As I understand it, it’s for the advanced Atmel programmer that allows in-circuit debugging and stuff like that - not the one from The Shop. You just need the FTDI connector and the ‘Shop’ programmer.

My NanodeRF has a right-angled FTDI header, so a Shield won’t mate with it - the a.c. connector is in the way. So I can’t prove that NanodeRF + emonTx Shield will work, but I don’t know of a reason why it won’t.

Thanks for the quick reply! Yea I also wondered about the AC barrel connector getting in the way, but I can likely make it fit somehow :slight_smile:

The only thing I can suggest is un-solder the 6-way FTDI header and put it on the ‘wrong’ side of the board.