MKR1000 Unboxing and Testing (7 Steps)

The first run and the first troubles with the Arduino MKR 1000. FAQ.

Things used in this project

Hardware components

Arduino MKR1000
Arduino MKR1000
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Software apps and online services

Arduino IDE
Arduino IDE


Finally I’ve got the board Genuino/Arduino MKR1000. It was well packed and fast shipped. But I’ve not found any instructions or guides even at the internet. So, I’ve decided to start at random with my Windows PC.

First, I’ve plugged in and seen that it requires some USB-driver:

Second, I’ve decided to let my system find this driver into the Arduino opensource repository. So, I’ve navigated to and downloaded all this repository as a single .ZIP file:

After I got it, I unpacked it and started installation of the driver.

Step 3: Device manager -> “Other Devices” -> Unknown Device -> Right click “Update Driver”

Step 4: Choose “Browse my Computer…” -> Point it under the folder you just unzipped “\arduino-master” including subfolders.

Step 5: After that your board should appear under “ports” section like this:

Step 6: Next, I must prepare the IDE for this type of board. So, I’ve just started my Arduino IDE (at least 1.6.7 release) and in the library manager (sketch -> include library -> manage libraries) I’ve searched for the “mkr1000” string.


Blink MKR1000


It uses to define the onboard LED’s port
int _ledPin = 0;
void setup() 
  // setting up all IO ports as OUTPUT pins
  for(int i=0; i<=14; i++)  

// method to blink 
void _blink(int port){
  for(int i=0; i<port; i++)
     digitalWrite(port, HIGH);
     digitalWrite(port, LOW);

void loop() {
  // The number of blinks is equals to the LED's port number

Source :  MKR1000 Unboxing and Testing (7 Steps)

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