Panda How to add 2 USBs

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  • The J6 expansion header on the PandaBoard allows for the addition of two USB host ports.
  • The pinouts for the USB host ports match that of a standard PC USB host expansion connector.


These are the materials you will need in addition to your Pandaboard.

  • A PC USB Thingy


  • A 2 x 4 pin header .1" centers



  • Detail of one of the Thingy's pigtails


The Red (VCC) wire will connect to J6 Pin 1 (USB Port 3) or 2 (USB Port 4)

The White (D-) wire will connect to J6 Pin 3 (USB Port 3) or 4 (USB Port 4)

The Green (D+) wire will connect to J6 Pin 5 (USB Port 3) or 6 (USB Port 4)

The Black (Gnd) wire will connect to J6 Pin 7 (USB Port 3) or 8 (USB Port 4)

The fifth pin (shield) is not connected.

Earlier versions of the Pandaboard had connections for the shield, but they were dropped in favour of some additional GPIOs.

  • J6 Pinout

J6 detail1.jpg


Here is what the header will look like when soldered to J6 of the Pandaboard.

  • Solder the header into the J6 pins closest to the WIFI module
  • Detail of the header soldered into J6


  • Plug in the pigtails making sure that the RED wire end of the connectors are plugged into the pins nearest the WIFI module
  • Detail of the Thingy plugged into the Header at J6



Most PC USB Thingy's have a standard pinout that is compatible with J6

  • First few pins of J6