Multiwii Mini Flight Controller FTDI / USB Adapter on Mac Os X

AEORC-Multiwii-FTDI-USB-adapter

AEORC-Multiwii-FTDI-USB-adapter

This Article is part of a complete guide to the configuration of this flight controller and it will cover the steps needed in order to get the FTD / USB adapter correctly recognized and working properly under Mac Os X 10.7.5.

I’m writing this post, about this very FTDI / USB adapter (AEORC) because i spent a considerable amount of time trying to get the FTDI drivers suggested by the Multiwii forum without success. It didn’t show up in the arduino IDE or in the Multiwii configuration utility. I would like to spend a couple of words about this.
I didn’t know either :

  • if this very adapter is a “sui generis” FTDI / USB adapter and requires proprietary drivers OR
  • if the ‘Official’ suggested drivers no longer work on my operating system
  • if my mac is messed UP.

So WITHOUT PLUGGING IN THE FTDI/USB adapter, what i did was:   open the System Profiler (click on the  symbol in the upper left corner, then select “About this Mac”; once the small window appears, click on “More Info” and then, in the next window, click on  “System Report”).

Then you should see this:

MacBook pro System Profiler - USB Section

MacBook pro System Profiler – USB Section

Now, just plug your adapter into any of your usb ports, and refresh the content of the window by pressing ⌘+R, and then you should see:

AEORC multiwii FTDI USB Adapter in System Information

AEORC multiwii FTDI USB Adapter in System Information

So the first question is: IS THIS REALLY AN FTDI – USB adapter? Because on the System Information it is seen as: CP2102 USB TO UART BRIDGE CONTROLLER
Complete informations:

CP2102 USB to UART Bridge Controller:

Product ID:    0xea60
Vendor ID:    0x10c4  (Silicon Laboratories, Inc.)
Version:     1.00
Serial Number:    1
Speed:    Up to 12 Mb/sec
Manufacturer:    Silicon Labs
Location ID:    0x04100000 / 4
Current Available (mA):    500
Current Required (mA):    100

Now the common sense suggested me to do a google search on this producer and voilà, the drivers came out instantly. You can download drivers for any supported operating system from following urls:

Multiwii Mini Flight Controller FTDI / USB Driver Download for Windows XP/Server 2003/Vista/7/8 (v6.6.1)

Multiwii Mini Flight Controller FTDI / USB Driver Download for Windows 2K (v6.3a)

Multiwii Mini Flight Controller FTDI / USB Driver Download for WinCE (CE6)
Multiwii Mini Flight Controller FTDI / USB Driver Download for WinCE (CE5)

Multiwii Mini Flight Controller FTDI / USB Driver Download for Macintosh OSX (v3.1)

Multiwii Mini Flight Controller FTDI / USB Driver Download for Linux (2.6.x and 2.4.36)

Also i will store these drivers on my server, for archive purposes:

Windows 2000 Multiwii Mini Flight Controller FTDI / USB Driver Download

Windows XP – Vista – 7 – 8 – Server Multiwii Mini Flight Controller FTDI / USB Driver Download

Mac_OSX_Multiwii Mini Flight Controller FTDI / USB Driver Download

Linux (2.4 – 2.6) Multiwii Mini Flight Controller FTDI / USB Adapter Download

Windows CE 60 Multiwii Mini Flight Controller FTDI / USB Adapter Download

Windows CE 50 Multiwii Mini Flight Controller FTDI / USB Adapter Download

The following images describe the installation procedure on mac osx 10.7

Uncompress the zip file and mount the DMG file, then you should see this:

Installation procedure step 1Double click on the mpkg package “Silicon Labs VCP Driver Installer.mpkg” then installation will start.

step2

 step3

 step4

 

You wil be asked for password

You wil be asked for password

step4.2

 

step5.1

step5.2

last-step

 

 

Now you can reboot your mac and at restart, you will be able to use the multiwii confiugurator !

Comments are welcome!

 

 

 

 

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2 Thoughts on “Multiwii Mini Flight Controller FTDI / USB Adapter on Mac Os X

  1. Pingback: Configuration How To for Multiwii Mini Flight controller config.h | Giuseppe Urso Blog

  2. God Bless you. I’ve been working on this all weekend and this worked.

    Thanks so much. I will make a complete video when I have everything working.

    Drew

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