Max is someone you should watch, I imagine great things will come from his mind/workshop. He has a great customer rapport & knows his tech! I had zero reason for this kit, other than curiosity. This kit is easy enough to figure out w/o any documentation, but Max is there to help out if needed. Soldering job for both thru hole & surface-mount are great. If I had one suggestion for the kit would be on the optical fiber boards. Has a slide in type connector. Max has an 'adapter' from the slide to standard 6 pin usb/fidi connector, but this adds lot of bulk - I would have rather seen holes drilled into the board itself so end-user could choose slide-in card or pin-interface. But since I have no real need for it -- this bulk might be a non issue. The project I would like to use it on is a motorcycle based project, where there is an interface on the forks & 'computer' tucked away. This means A/C and D/C electricity / interference. Optical is immune from that stuff -- so while I had no reason when I ordered, I quickly found a problem to fit the solution. My gut says that in order to have 3 nodes, you'd need a pair of cables for each node-pair that you want to talk to. (Just like a regular serial connection; it's not a 'network connection/topology')
update: I initially dinged Max one star on documentation; but I revise it to 5 stars because of his prompt, professional, complete response to questions. He really does a great job! I cannot recommend him enough.
I needed a new usb adapter for working at my bench -- but ftdi boards were starting to give me fits with driver conflicts (I was having to re-install drivers it seemed based on version of hardware being plugged in). These boards worked right away -- in fact, I didn't even see windows "installing hardware" window. The boards are spacious & easy to see the parts & understand what it's doing. The boards are very clearly labeled so you should have no problem with them. I picked up both a 3.3v and 5v version. The soldering job on it is excellent. Voltage stability looks good. It did drop a bit as the amps crept closer to the max, but that's to be expected. Max puts together a great product -- and complete product: He even includes a manual with helpful info (incl warranty info) and is well written (in english). I think we're going to see a lot of great stuff from Max. (I plan on ordering his fiber optic boards just to play around with it.) Max is very responsive & helpful, should the need arise to contact him for help. One of the few times I wish I could give more than 5 stars -- customer support is one of those things that seems to be lost these days from other vendors...
If you need a usb<->uart adapter, get this one (or both), you won't be disappointed!
Response from SushiBits | Sept. 8, 2015
Thank you for the positive review! It is your satisfaction that motivates me the most.
I am going to release the complete low speed optical fiber kit very soon, so keep an eye on it.