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MyDAQ breadboard help Answered

I’m taking circuit lab and was told to get a MyDAQ and a bread board so I got a Normal breadboard. I was wondering if any one would be able to help me make my bread board look like the one everyone else got for there MyDAQ (the ones they got r easier to


Jack A Lopez

19 days ago

Well, it should not be too hard, since the pinouts of this MyDAQ gizmo are printed on the picture you have uploaded, of the fancy "myProtoBoard AZ"

The same pinouts are detailed on this web page,

The same pinouts are writen in tiny but legible print, on the MyDAQ gizmo itself.

I guess what I am saying, is that you can see what wires go where, almost from inspection.

Also there is nothing tricky going on with those little, plain white, island breadboards. There are six of them, sort of stacked vertically, and to the left of the main breadboard,

Each of those little islands has 4 rows, with 4 pins in each row, and I am guessing every pin in a row is wired together. It is same way as the big breadboard, except those rows are 5 pins wide.

Also, regarding those little island breadboards, there are 24 rows total. The bottom 2 rows are connected to that 9-volt style battery connector, and those pins are labeled, "B-" and "B+". The top two rows, are also connected to that battery connector.

The middle 20 rows are connected to the 20 pins on the side of the MyDAQ gizmo, and I think they are wired in the same order.

Link to the big version of the pictured you attached to this topic:

KevinAzcuyJack A Lopez

Reply 15 days ago

Thanks for the replay but what I’m confused on is how to connect the small island boards to the respected part of the black myDAQ adaptor and battery (because when they use this board in class they plug the whole board in the their myDAQ using the black adaptor on the side and then put cables from the island board to the main board to give the power) And I can’t find the the small island ones by themselves

Jack A LopezKevinAzcuy

Reply 15 days ago

I am starting to think the easiest way to build something that looks like that board you posted a picture of, is to just buy that board.


Or just use your regular prototyping board, plus the MyDAQ's special 20-pin female to screw terminal block connector, plus a handful of jumper wires.


I am guessing that for most of the projects you will be doing for that class, few of them will require all 20 wires. So that might make things easier and less cluttered, if you can just those wires needed for a particular project.

I just noticed that it is possible to get these jumper wires with male, or female ends. E.g. from this place (and probably from other places too)

Jumper Wires - 20 connected, 6 inch , male-to-male

Jumper Wires - 20 connected, 6 inch , male-to-female

Although, the ones with male ends on both sides are pretty much equivalent to just, plain, solid, copper wire.

For example, CAT5 network cable is easy to find as junk,


and when you cut it apart you will discover it contains 8, insulated, solid copper wires, size 24 AWG, and that is a size of wire you can just plug right into the holes on a breadboard (on one side) and put it under the screws in your screw terminal block (on the other side).

If you want to see some pictures of some other ways to connect a MyDAQ to a breadboard, perhaps an image search for "mydaq to breadboard wires"


can show us some of the ways people are connecting their MyDAQs to their breadboards.

Jack A LopezKevinAzcuy

Reply 12 days ago

I know you're probably kicking yourself, for somehow failing to buy the exact same hardware as everyone else in your class (Was there a memo? Or an email you missed?), the same protoboard that all the cool kids have.

Yet, I suspect that it will not be that big of a deal.

You know, kind of the whole point of breadboards is they give you freedom to wire things however you want.

Also, like I suggested before, it is not that many wires. I am guessing most of the projects you'll encounter in this class will only use a small number of the MyDAQ's pins, so the wiring will not be that hard.

Also, I am guessing your class has an instructor, and that he or she will be willing to help you out, if you get really stumped.