Start with Arduino USB 2 Serial Mini

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The Arduino USB 2 Serial Mini converts a USB connection into a 5 volt Serial TX and RX that you can connect straight to the Arduino Mini or other microcontrollers, allowing them to talk to the computer. It features an Atmega16U2 programmed as a USB-to-serial converter, the same chip found on the Arduino Uno.

Follow these indications if you want connect it with an Arduino Mini.

The circuit shown here is the basic setup for an Arduino mini connected to a USB 2 Serial. You can see power and ground from the USB are run to the rails of the breadboard so it's convenient for the other components on the board. The 0.1uF capacitor from the reset pin is connected to the RTS pin on the mini USB adaptor. This enables auto-reset when the serial port is opened, meaning you don't have to press the reset button every time you upload new code. If it gives you problems, you can remove it, and press reset every time.

Arduino USB 2 Serial connected to an Arduino MINI