I had found several ATtiny2313 projects on the web that I wanted to build, however, not being adept at programing , I shied away in favor of the easily programmable PIC with PICKit2.
But with this ingenious and easy to use devise, I can program the ATtiny just as easily as PICs !!!
Another bonus is that I found a free AVRDude GUI, which functions much like the PICKit2 graphical user interface. All I had to do was point it toward the proper avrdude.exe, and I now have programmed microprocessors!
The quality of this product is first-rate and shipping was instant! I highly recommend this seller!
This is a great purchase for anybody who wants to program AVRs. It's much easier than breadboarding each chip individually, and the ZIF socket allows you to program all sizes of chips. I've had this product for 2+ years and it still works as well as when I received it.
I was using different kind of programmers for the ATMEGA8, ATMEGA32P and ATTINY85. Mostly bought in China (usbtiny, microusbtiny, usbasp and a self built STK500). Chip on breadboard and wiring to the programmer. It works, but you wish it could be easier. And it can. The breadboard is replaced by a ZIF socket and a jumper. Set the jumper according to the processor-family and of you go. Works perfectly and I am extremely happy with it.
Two remarks for the future user/buyer: - the installation of the drivers on Windows systems can be painfull. Use the zadig installer. - if you are able to solder, solder pin headers (male or female) in the holes next to the zif socket. This way you can keep the processor in the zif socket and still connect it to you project (which probably has a normal socket, not a zif one).
Great product, if you're into AVR programming, buy this one.
The TinyLoadr is a flawless piece of equipment. Not only does it function well and fast, but it supports multiple micro controllers without any issues whatsoever. Worked on MyAVRProgTool with just simply selecting tinyUSB as the hardware. This product is more than worth its cost.
I have used the Arduino Uno as an ISP for my ATtiny devices and it was a pain setting up a breadbord and checking wiring diagrams every time. I considered a shield but for the same price this unit eliminated the need for the Uno and made everything a breeze. I have used it successfully with the ATtiny85 and ATtiny2313 using AVRDude for hex files and the Arduino 1.6 software for sketches. Windows makes configuring the software a bit finicky, but in the end it works like a charm.
This is a great product. If you're using ATTiny to create standalone Arduino projects should probably grab one of these. I made a socketed Uno shield for this purpose, but this standalone board is far more convenient. So far I've burned a heap of ATTiny85s but I think it will be my go-to programmer for ATMega too in future.
I just played with a board using an attiny84. This shield is a vital tool to burn bootloader and sketches to the attiny. I certainly can advise anybody working with the arduinos to get this shield. You will not regret it. In addition, it is a small shipping charge for Germany, the documentaiton is excellen and when I had a problem, I got a response within an hour (!!)