Jetson Resource Guide

In this resource guide you will find a list of recommended links and hardware for working with the NVIDIA Jetson Nano and Jetson Xavier NX.

NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX Developer Kit

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NVIDIA Jetson Nano Developer Kit

There are two versions of the Jetson Nano: A developer kit for developers and makers and a version for mass market manufacturers.

Buy from NVIDIA

If you don’t have a Nano Developer Kit yet, I have found the best and cheapest way is to just buy it direct from NVIDIA:

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If you prefer to buy from Amazon, the last time I looked it was available through Prime. Here is my affiliate link:

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NVIDIA Jetson AGX Developer Kit

If you want something really powerful (and several times more expensive) you can upgrade to Jetson AGX using my Amazon affiliate link (currently $699 USD or 5 payments @ $140 each):

At work we currently run our robots on Jetson TX-2s. The AGX is the next generation after that. If there is enough interest I’ll write up some How-To articles for the AGX.

Micro SD Card with Adapter

You will need a Micro SD Card with an adapter. I recommend buying at least a few. You should get at least a 32GB card. But I would recommend 64GB. I like the SanDisk Extreme series.

Micro SD Card for JetBot image

If you plan to use the JetBot image, it can barely fit on a 64GB micro SD card. In fact they provide a second image that only requires 63GB to get around it! So if you go that route, you may want to consider this larger card:

5V 4A Power Supply

To use a 5V 4A supply you will need a jumper and for a 2.5 plug you will need a 2.1 adapter (both listed below).


Be careful when ordering fans - ecommerce Web sites can be confusing and may show several alternative models. You don’t want to end up with the wrong type or voltage.


When ordering a case, try to find one with a hole for the fan on top of the heatsink and a notch for the cable. If you intend to use the Intel Dual card, try a case that has holes to screw in the antennas. If you buy a full enclosure, make sure that it has enough head room and vents / holes for the fan.

USB to TTL Serial Cable

To connect your laptop to the Nano you can use the USB-to-TTL Serial Cable from Adafruit. This is also a cable that I use sometimes to connect to a Raspberry Pi.

Mini Keyboard and Touchpad

Sometimes you need to hookup a keyboard and mouse for debugging or setup. I’ve used an older version of this mini keyboard and touchpad to setup a Nano. You just pull the USB connector out of the back and plug it in to one of the ports.


You can use a USB adapter or a card with antennas that goes under the module on the carrier board.





Here is a list of articles that I’ve written on how to use the Jetson Nano:

  • Jetson Nano USB Login - In this article I show you how to connect and login to an NVIDIA Jetson Nano using a special USB serial cable.
  • Jetson Nano Power Supply (Barrel vs MicroUSB - When you get a Jetson Nano Developer Kit, the first thing you need to figure out is how to power it. Should you use the Micro USB port with the same 5V 2.5A power supply you use on a Raspberry Pi? Or should you invest in a 5V 4A barrel jack power supply? In this article I answer that question.
  • Jetson Nano USB Headless WiFi Setup (Edimax-EW-7811UN) - The easiest way to setup a Jetson Nano for headless WiFi is to use a USB adapter. The EdiMax EW-7811Un is popular for use with the Raspberry Pi. It can also be used with a Nano, but requires a command line setting to get it to act reliably. In this article I show you how to set it up
  • How to add a dual WiFi Bluetooth card to a Jetson Nano (Intel 8265) - In this post I show advanced users how to upgrade to an Intel Dual Band Wireless card that will also provide Bluetooth functionality.