How to Download and Install FT245R USB Driver for Windows
The FT245R is a USB to parallel FIFO interface device that can be used to connect various devices to a computer via USB. The FT245R has some unique features, such as the FTDIChip-IDâ security dongle feature, which can protect your application software from being copied. The FT245R also supports asynchronous and synchronous bit bang modes, which allow the data bus to be used as a general purpose I/O port.
To use the FT245R, you need to download and install the appropriate driver for your operating system. The driver will enable the communication between the FT245R and the computer, and allow you to access the device features and settings. In this article, we will show you how to download and install the FT245R USB driver for Windows.
Step 1: Download the FT245R USB Driver
The first step is to download the FT245R USB driver from the official website of FTDI, the manufacturer of the device. You can find the driver in the FT245R product page[^1^], under the \"VCP Drivers\" or \"D2XX Drivers\" section. The VCP drivers are virtual COM port drivers that create a virtual serial port on your computer, while the D2XX drivers are direct drivers that allow you to access the device functions directly. You can choose either one depending on your application needs.
The driver file is a ZIP archive that contains different versions of the driver for different Windows platforms. You need to select the version that matches your Windows system type (32-bit or 64-bit) and extract it to a folder on your computer.
Step 2: Install the FT245R USB Driver
The next step is to install the FT245R USB driver on your computer. To do this, you need to connect the FT245R device to a USB port on your computer using a suitable cable. Then, follow these steps:
Open Device Manager on your computer. You can do this by pressing Windows + X keys and selecting Device Manager from the menu.
Find the FT245R device under the \"Other devices\" or \"Universal Serial Bus controllers\" category. It may be labeled as \"USB Serial Converter\" or \"FT245R USB FIFO\". Right-click on it and select Update driver.
Select Browse my computer for driver software.
Select Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.
Select Have Disk and browse to the folder where you extracted the driver file.
Select the .inf file that corresponds to your Windows system type (32-bit or 64-bit) and click Open.
Click OK and Next to install the driver.
Wait for the installation to complete and click Finish.
After installing the driver, you should see a new device under the \"Ports (COM & LPT)\" category in Device Manager, with a COM port number assigned to it. This is your virtual serial port that you can use to communicate with the FT245R device.
Step 3: Test the FT245R USB Driver
The final step is to test if the FT245R USB driver is working properly on your computer. To do this, you can use a terminal program such as PuTTY or HyperTerminal to send and receive data from the FT245R device. You can also use a test utility such as FTDI's FT_PROG[^2^] or FTDI MProg[^2^] to read and write data from/to the device EEPROM, where you can store your custom settings and information.
To test the FT245R USB driver using PuTTY, follow these steps:
Download and install PuTTY from https://www.putty.org/. 248dff8e21