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Six Places Where I buy Netduino and other Electronics Bits

Pete Brown - 21 January 2011

Half the battle when getting started with Netduino and other .NET Micro Framework devices, is finding out what's out there. Sadly, for many of us, the local full-service electronics shop is no longer (or is so watered down with normal consumer fluff, that they have no room for geek bits). Here's my list of on-line stores I frequent when looking for new project electronics for my .NET Micro Framework work.

In no particular order, here are some of the sites I've found useful.

Spark Fun Electronics http://sparkfun.com/

Spark Fun has a ton of neat stuff, including a fair number of arcade-type buttons and joysticks, Zune and iPod breakout boards, and much more. You can spend a fair bit of time browsing through this store, filling your shopping cart.

 

Robot Shop http://robotshop.com

This is a great place for servo and stepper control, motors, sensors and all things robotic. They have super high-end robots and tiny little robot kits. If your focus is robots and/or motion control, you'll want to check this place out.

 

DF Robot http://www.dfrobot.com

Another place with lots of components. While also robot-centric, you'll find plenty here to keep your microcontroller busy for other projects.

 

Makershed http://makershed.com

The first site I went to. Make magazine (subscribe if you don't already get it) is the classic, and this site is the associated retail outlet. You'll find a good bit of stuff here, especially when it comes to odd kits. This is one of the places where the Netduino is sold.

 

TinyCLR http://tinyclr.com

This is the FEZ site by GHI electronics. GHI creates a bunch of really nice .NET MF boards ranging from mini and arduino-compatible boards all the way up to super capable boards with 12mb memory, codecs and more. You'll also find a bunch of add-ons, sensors, shields and more on their site.

 

Mouser http://mouser.com

This is the place where I buy all my discrete components and connectors. Their on-line catalog is really good (hey, the enhanced catalog was even written with Silverlight). I order more through here than any other store. However, I don't order Netduino/Arduino shields or robot parts from them. For those things, I have the other stores to turn to.

Digikey is an alternative to Mouser. However, I really dislike their web site, so I never really do any business there.

 

There are, of course, tons of other places. I've ordered things like LCDs in one-off orders on sites I've long since forgotten about. In addition, this list is very North America-centric. Please your own recommendations in the comments below.

               
posted by Pete Brown on Friday, January 21, 2011
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6 comments for “Six Places Where I buy Netduino and other Electronics Bits”

  1. Paul Newtonsays:
    Another shop for the UK: http://www.hobbytronics.co.uk

    They only sell two netduinos (the standard one and the mini), but they sell lots of Arduino shields, components and sensors, kits, etc.

    I placed my first order with them a day ago. Order placed at lunchtime, email to confirm it had shipped that evening, goods arrived next day. (£2 postage).

    Paul
  2. Petesays:
    In Australia, littlebirdelectronics.com provides pretty much everything SparkFun does. Friendly service (you can chat to them online and they are right into their electronics, so can answer questions), and superfast delivery. The prices are pretty much the same as Sparkfun, in AUD.
  3. Fladsays:
    Hi!
    I'm from Brazil, and really new on this robot thing.
    I'm already a programmer, and I'm trying to make something simple, to start.
    I have a dumb question: how can I know if a piece can be used with a netduino? There is compatibility issues I should know before start?
    Congratulations for your blog. Things are very nice here.
  4. Petesays:
    @Flad

    There are lots of considerations for what makes a shield (I assume you're talking Arduino shields) compatible. Sometimes it's the voltage (netduino supplies 3.3v on IO pins, some shields require 5v), sometimes it's other considerations, and always it's the necessity of translating the driver (if not already done) from Arduino to NETMF.

    The very best place to ask is at http://netduino.com in the community forums. People there are super nice and more than happy to help.

    Pete

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