Installing Standard Headers

The shield comes with 0.1" standard header. Standard header does not permit stacking but it is mechanically stronger and they're much less expensive too! If you want to stack a shield on top, do not perform this step as it is not possible to uninstall the headers once soldered in! Skip down to the bottom for the stacking tutorial

Break apart the 0.1" header into 6, 8 and/or 10-pin long pieces and slip the long ends into the headers of your Arduino

Place the assembled shield on top of the header-ed Arduino so that all of the short parts of the header are sticking through the outer set of pads

Solder each one of the pins into the shield to make a secure connection

That's it! Now you can install the 2x3 header

Solder the 2x3 header so that it's pointing downwards

Stack Alert!

If you want to stack a shield on top of the WiFi Shield, you'll want to pick up some stacking headers and use those instead of the plain header shown here!  

Wanna stack? This tutorial shows how to use the plain header to connect to an Arduino. If you want to use stacking headers, don't follow these steps!

Start by sliding the 10 pin, 2 x 8 pin and 6-pin stacking headers into the outer rows of the shield from the top. Then flip the board over so its resting on the four headers. Pull on the legs if necessary to straighten them out.

Tack one pin of each header, to get them set in place before more soldering. If the headers go crooked you can re-heat the one pin while re-positioning to straighten them up

Once you've tacked and straightened all the headers, go back and solder the remaining pins for each header.

Insert the 2x3 stacking header as shown.

Solder into place.

This guide was first published on Nov 21, 2017. It was last updated on Nov 21, 2017.

This page (Assembly) was last updated on Jul 18, 2019.

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