Working Without a Pull-up/ Pull-down Resistor With Arduino




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We can avoid using an external pull-up or pull-down resistors, simply by using the internal existing pull-up resistor within Arduino. This may make life easier when we use pushbuttons.

In void setup() {} add digitalWrite(buttonPin1,HIGH);
Internally you set a pull up resistor to the pin. The state is HIGH when the button in not pressed, and LOW when it is pressed..
Try the circuit, I liked it alot for its simplicity.
In a previous instructable, I examend the pull-up and pull down resistors so we can have a better understanding whats going on even with simple things.
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Step 1: The Circuit and the Code

Working without the external pull-up or pull-down resistors,
and using the internal pull-up resistor in Arduino
This example demontrates the OR gate
int buttonPin1 = 2;
int buttonPin2 = 3;
int ledPin = 8;

void setup() {
pinMode(ledPin, OUTPUT);
pinMode(buttonPin1, INPUT);
digitalWrite(buttonPin1,HIGH); //Here you set internally a pull up resistor to the pin.
//The state is HIGH when the button in not pressed, and LOW when it is pressed.
pinMode(buttonPin2, INPUT);
digitalWrite(buttonPin2,HIGH);// the same as previous button
void loop(){
// so if the state of the buttons are LOW when pressed, to reverse this and make them HIGH we can use the Boolean Operator ! (not)
if ((!digitalRead(buttonPin1) == HIGH) || (!digitalRead(buttonPin2) == HIGH )) {
digitalWrite(ledPin, HIGH);
} else {
digitalWrite(ledPin, LOW);

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    2 Discussions

    Eric Brouwer

    2 years ago

    Hi. I wanted to comment on your previous post about the internal pull-ups. Glad to see somebody else using it as well.

    Instead of this:

    pinMode(buttonPin1, INPUT);


    pinMode(buttonPin1, INPUT_PULLUP);

    This will do the same, but in a single command.

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