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-USB port+USB port 
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 +Smoothieboard has a USB port.  
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 +You can plug a USB cable into the Smoothieboard,​ and plug that cable into your computer, and you'll then be able to control your Smoothieboard using [[Software]] on your computer. 
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 +== Features 
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 +The USB port exposes several interfaces :  
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 +* USB MSD ( Mass Storage ), which allows you to access the SD card via your web browser, the same way you would for your phone or camera 
 +* USB ACM ( Serial ), which allows you to talk to the Smoothieboard,​ send it commands and G-codes, and receive answers. It is also the interface used to control the board via "​host"​ programs. 
 +* USB DFU, which is used ( only on Linux ) to program the firmware, for developers only. 
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 +== Take care 
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 +A few things to be careful of to avoid USB disconnections :  
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 +Make sure your USB cable is as short as possible ( less than 50 centimeters or two feet is ideal ), is shielded, and ideally has ferrite beads. 
 +Make sure your machine and the computer controlling it are plugged into the same power strip. 
 +Make sure your local electrical installation is not subject to variations and interference. 
 +Make sure there are no large motors, fridges, neon bulbs or other strong sources of electrical interference in the same room. 
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 +If all of those rules are applied, USB will work fine in the vast majority of cases. 
 + 
 +== Drivers 
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 +If using Linux or Mac, just plug the USB cable into the computer and the Smoothieboard,​ and everything should work right out of the box. 
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 +If you are using Windows(older than 10) however, you need to install a driver. 
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 +You can find this driver at the following URL : [[http://​smoothieware.org/​windows-drivers|Windows drivers]] 
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 +If you are using Windows 10, you do not need to install the driver, and installing the driver could cause trouble.  
 +For all older versions, the driver is required. 
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 +== Usage 
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 +Once the driver is installed, the Smoothieboard should be recognized both as a Mass Storage Device ( similar to a USB thumb drive ), allowing you to access the files on the SD cards {demonstrate},​ as well as a Serial ( COM ) device, allowing you to send commands ( for example via [[Pronterface]] ).