I am now trying to use Arduino Ethernet, in order to communicate in LAN with Arduino. Arduino Ethernet allows you to handle just only one board, saving space and money (you could have everything running in – almost – the same way by adding an Ethernet shield to a standard Arduino UNO).
It seems a straightforward operation, but a problem arises: the board lacks a USB port. A little (reusable) adapter USB-serial is the simplest solution.
Yes, but in my Windows 7 x64 environment the way turns out to be very steep. I searched the net thoroughly. At the end I found, buried in a technical document of FTDI Ltd. about drivers installation, at chapter 5.4, the indication that their driver will not install on Windows 7 x64. In general
Windows 7 x64 OS will only allow certified drivers to be installed. The certified driver supplied by FTDI will work with VID 0403 and PID 6001 for FT232 and FT245 devices. It will also work with VID 0403 and PID 6010 for FT2232 devices and VID 0403 and PID 6011 for FT4232.
If you have a product where the manufacture has customised the driver but has not re-certified it, then the driver will not load. You should contact your vendor to determine if they will support Windows 7 x64.
So, I’ll now retry with Ubuntu. Can anyone suggest other solutions to this problem?