Picture of RF Serial Data Link {through USB}

How to transmit data using a cheap RF module through USB. The circuit receives energy from the USB port (may provide 100mA and with some programming you can reach 500mA)

List of Materials:
1 - One pair of RF module (like Laipac RLP/TLP433A) look after it in (they have different operating frequencies: 315, 433 and 917(?) MHz)
1 - TSUB3410 - Serial-to-USB integrated chip (QFP-32) from Texas Instruments.
1 - One Power LED (you may skip it)
1 - 3.3V LDO (Low Drop-out) regulator - to connect in the +5V (+/- 10%) line from the USB.

Start with the "walkthrough.pdf" guide, after it we will improve the wireless link to be connected to an USB port.

! ! ! - Altought it may look like a very simple circuit (just the RF link), you may find some rocks in your pathway.
I still don't know if this is a reliable be carefull where you are going to use it. Be advised to try this circuit ONLY when you are in a good mood! if not go play PS2...otherwise this can damage your parasympathetic nervous system!
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Step 1: Checking RF Modules

Picture of Checking RF Modules
First of all you must go exactly through the steps written in the PDF file attached to this site ("walkthrough...")

It´s a good idea to check first the modules. Do it on a breadboard, it works? Fine, move to the next step... or check connections, wires, supply (did you turn it on?).

You can check the wireless link with an osciloscope or using any (hyper) terminal software. Check the maximum baud rate! (mine 4800bps). You may need a MAX232 chip, it is a Serial level converter...
[ PC >> MAX232 >> TX ] ~~~~~~~ air ~~~~~~~~ [ RX >> MAX232 >> PC ]

email me...may be I can help you!
gsandhu29 months ago

I’m working on a project which is about making a rescue
robot . I have struggling with it for 4 months and now all the mechanical works
had been done . but I’m facing difficulty in make the robot to work with rf
module can u plzz help me…

I want make transmitter and receiver that can control the
motion…I mean that receiver should have control 8 dc gear motor and each dc
motor should have a forward and backward botton to control the motion ……can u
kindly help me with this project ….if u can make the circuit board diagram for
the PCB ….or any other suggestion plz reply……mail me at “”

Try using an arduino

adityakushwaha11 months ago

i am trying to transmit serial data over this module using usb to ttl converter but its not responding

hi friend
i am Ajay. i want to make 8 channel RF receiver and transmitter. i men i want to
operate 8 dc motor revers and forward throat RF remote control ..using my engineering project then how can i make.. give me some instruction..pls

amison3 years ago
How do I connect from PC->RS232->RS232TOTTL->RF Modules?
The RS232TOTTL has rx ,dx pins, but the RF Module just has 1 Data pin?
vergiliszta5 years ago
Hi! How to download firmware to the TUSB3410?
darling7 years ago
hello if somebody knows like handling to modules RF tlp433a and if somebody has handled some vos modules that trasmitan. thanks
barmak (author)  darling7 years ago
No, there is not enough bandwidth to send that amount of data. But you should use a bluetooth wireless link or even any wi-fi camera...or if you want to spend some time at the workbench you should try to do your own RF (FM?) transceiver. Anyway good luck!
themischiev7 years ago
Hey Barmak, there is a way to use this device to connect a webcam and make a "wireless webcam"
offlogic8 years ago
Kick-ass Instructable on the Laipac-USB wireless. The last page throws an error( “ERROR 403: can not view: E9XCJPBXSCEPYPFGNC”), probably a their-problem, not a your-problem. I’ve done a 916MHz wireless dingus for monitoring a piece of mobile equipment using the RFM TX6xxx series parts( Wayyy smaller than the Laipac, and sealed. You can get 1Mb/sec both ways with the TR1100. It rocks, seriously. Great to see your work, just had to drop you a line. Bravo.
barmak (author)  offlogic8 years ago
man, i just tried the link and it seems to be OK...otherwise you may find it at And thanks for the advise...they are really cool modules, those RFM!
barmak (author) 8 years ago
Some times it won´t work at the desired baud rate, so when i try with lower ones like 2400 or 1200 it improves the link quality. F#&K! (distance between the RX/TX pair is a good explanation)
barmak (author) 8 years ago
"there are 10 types of people in the world, those who read binary, and those who don't"
Murf barmak8 years ago
Hey, whats your e-mail barmak??? I wanted to ask you a few specific questions