The DFRobot URM05 High Power Ultrasonic Range Finder is based on electrostatic senscomp's 6500 ultrasound transducer design. It can measure a distances of up to 10m. The angle between the ultrasound probes is only 15°, while the majority of the ultrasound is 60°.

Now URM05 has got an upgrade to version 2 and extended some new features. In order to make it easier to connect several range finder modules on your robot, the URM05 v2 support the RS485 interface. we found it's not very convenient to fix the URM05 v1, so we designed four mounting holes for the new version


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TTL mode

Connection Diagram

Connection Diagram for TTL use

Technical Notes

PWM Mode Timing Diagram

PWM mode information VDC: 5v power supply @ Max 2A GND: Connected to Ground ECHO: PWM signal output pin – 25.4us high level means 2.54cm (1 inch) INITL: Measurement trigger pin – The low level signal should be longer than 50us in order to trigger the distance measurement

Sample code

/****************** ***********************/
////////////URM05 v2 TTL Module arduino Sample /////////////////////////

#define  INIT   4  // Trigger the measurement
#define  ECHO   5  // Receive the ultrasonic signal feedback
#define  LED    13 // state display

void setup()
  pinMode(LED,OUTPUT);//init digital pins
  pinMode(INIT, OUTPUT);
  pinMode(ECHO, INPUT);

  digitalWrite(INIT, HIGH); // turn off the sensor

void loop()
  digitalWrite(INIT, LOW); // trigger the sensor to measure distance
  digitalWrite(INIT, HIGH); // finish trigger

  int distance = pulseIn(ECHO,HIGH);  // Read the signal feedback
  Serial.println(distance);  //Display the distance value in the Serial monitor

  if (distance >=300)
    digitalWrite(LED,LOW); //100cm > distance >= 30cm Turn on the led
    digitalWrite(LED,HIGH);//10cm < distance < 30cm Turn off the led

RS485 Mode

Connection Diagram

warning_yellow.png NOTE:You may also use IO Expansion Shield For Arduino(V5) (SKU: DFR0088) to simplify the connection.

Technical Notes

Communication Protocol

Communication Commands and Returns frame Format:

Header Address Length Cmd Data SUM
55 AA 11 N 01 Data1~DataN

PS: The sum byte value is the sum of all the byte value before. Just keep one byte from the total sum value.

Setting Address Command:

Header Address Length Cmd Data SUM
55 AA AB 01 55 ADDR

PS: The address of each device can be changed when multiple devices are connected. The new Address must be between 0x11 and 0x80. If the address is set sucessfully, the URM05 will return what it received.If unsucessful, there is no return data.

warning_yellow.png NOTE: The default address is empty. Please initialize the address before you using it. You could set the address by using Arduino communication or using RS-232 to RS-485 Converter directly with your computer.

Example for setting the module Address to 0x11:

Measuring Distance Command:

Header Address Length Cmd SUM
55 AA Addr 00 02

PS: This command is used to get the measuring distance from the URM05. It will trigger the measurement first. Then the sensor will transfer the distance value back to the master. The command will return the measured distance value. The value consists of two bytes. The unit of the value is mm. The first content value is the high byte and the second content value is the low byte.

Example for setting the module Address to 0x11:

Sensor Networking Diagram


Sample Code

The sketch code:

# The Sample code for driving single URM05 measuring distance function

# Editor : Lauren
# Date   : 2012.8.31
# Ver    : 0.1
# Product: URM05 High Power Ultrasonic Range Finder
# SKU    :

# Specification
* Detecting range: 4cm-700cm
* Resolution     : 0.1cm
* Interface      : RS485
* Units          : Range reported in cm

# Description:

# Drive single URM to measure distance
# You could use IO expansion shield V5 from DFRobot to drive the urm sensor directly with your arduino board.
# The sample code is compatible with the Arduino IDE 1.0 and also the earlier version.

# Considering the sersors with RS485 interface is really hard to use for a beginner, so if any problems, you could e-mail me.
# We'll try to improve the sample code to make it easier to be understood.

# E- Mail Add:


#include "Urm5parser.h"

void setup(){
  urmInit();      // Init the URM05 sensor

void loop(){
  static unsigned long timePoint = 0;

  runUrm05();      // Drive URM05 Sensor and transmit the protocol to the sensor via RS485 interface
  decodeURM05();   // Read the serial commmands and get the distance value after decode the distance value
  if(millis() - timePoint > 200){
    PrintData();  // print the data
    timePoint = millis();


void PrintData(){

  Serial.print("Dis: ");
  Serial.print(urmData / 10.0);
  Serial.print(" cm");


The library code: please place the library file Urm5parser.h in to the sketch folder.

#if defined(ARDUINO) && ARDUINO >= 100
#include "Arduino.h"
#define printByte(args) Serial.write(args)
#include "WProgram.h"
#define printByte(args) Serial.print(args,BYTE)

#define SerialPort Serial
#define CommMAXRetry 40
#define TriggerPin 2

#define urmAdd 0x11

// Command list

#define AddComm 0xab
#define DisComm 0x02
#define TempComm 0x03
#define MaxDisComm 0x04

/******************** Variables ****************/

byte readingStep;
byte cmdst[10];
unsigned int urmData;
unsigned long managerTimer = 20;

/******************** Functions ****************/

void initAddr();
void urmInit();
void runUrm05();
void urmTrigger(int id);
void decodeURM05();
void transmitCommands();
void ValidateCmd(byte cmd[]);

/****************** Init sensor ****************/

void urmInit(){

  pinMode(TriggerPin,OUTPUT);  // TTL -> RS485 chip driver pin on Arduino IO expansion shield v5
  digitalWrite(TriggerPin,LOW);// Turn the driver pin to LOW  -> Turn on reading mode for the RS485 interface
                               // Turn the drvier pin to HIGH -> Turn on code transmitting mode for the RS485 interface
  readingStep = 0;
  managerTimer = millis();

  SerialPort.begin(19200);               // Init the RS485 interface
                                         // Also when you are driving the URM04, you could open serial monitor to
                                         // tracing the steps and data feedback from URM04
//  SerialPort.println(" ");
//  SerialPort.println("The default baudrate: 19200");
//  SerialPort.println("Start setting the 485 sensors Address!");
  for(int i = 0 ;i < 10; i  )  cmdst[i] = 0;  //init the URM04 protocol

//  SerialPort.print("Address:");
//  SerialPort.println(urmAdd);


void initAddr(){

  cmdst[2] = AddComm;
  cmdst[3] = 0x01;
  cmdst[4] = 0x55;
  cmdst[5] = urmAdd;
  cmdst[6] = cmdst[0] cmdst[1] cmdst[2] cmdst[3] cmdst[4] cmdst[5];
//  delay(1);
  for(int j = 0; j < 7; j  ){
//    delayMicroseconds(50);
//  delay(10);


/********************* Drive URM05 and get the data code *************************/

void runUrm05(){                 // You could adjust the sensor measuring rate by changing the managerTimer value

  static unsigned long timer = 0;
  static int num = 0;           // Set the URM05 id to be drived

  if(millis() - timer > managerTimer){
    digitalWrite(TriggerPin, HIGH);  // Turn on transmitting mode for the RS485 interface

    case 0:
      managerTimer = 0;            // set a interval after trigger the measuring


    case 1:
      digitalWrite(TriggerPin, LOW); // Turn on reading mode for the RS485 interface
      managerTimer = 300;            // control the flash rate for reading sensor value

      readingStep = 0;               // Finish reading the distance and start a new measuring for the sensor

    if(readingStep < 1)  readingStep  ;  //step manager
    else readingStep = 0;

    timer = millis();
//    digitalWrite(TriggerPin, LOW); //Turn on reading mode for the RS485 interface


/********************* Transmit Command via the RS485 interface ***************/

void urmTrigger(int id){  // The function is used to trigger the measuring
  cmdst[2] = id;
  cmdst[3] = 0x00;
  cmdst[4] = DisComm;
  //  SerialPort.println("Trigger!");

void transmitCommands(){  // Send protocol via RS485 interface
  cmdst[5]=cmdst[0] cmdst[1] cmdst[2] cmdst[3] cmdst[4];
  for(int j = 0; j < 6; j  ){
//    delayMicroseconds(10);
//  delay(3);

/********************* Receive the data and get the distance value from the RS485 interface ***************/

void decodeURM05(){


    unsigned long timerPoint = millis();

    int RetryCounter = 0;
    byte cmdrd[10];
    for(int i = 0 ;i < 10; i  )  cmdrd[i] = 0;
    int i=0;
//    SerialPort.println("OK");

    boolean flag = true;
    boolean valid = false;
    byte headerNo = 0;

    while(RetryCounter < CommMAXRetry && flag)

//        printByte(cmdrd[i]);

        if(i > 7){
        if(cmdrd[i] == 0xAA){
          headerNo = i;
          valid = true;
        if(valid && i == headerNo   6){
          flag = false;
        i   ;
        RetryCounter = 0;
        RetryCounter  ;

//    printByte(millis() - timerPoint);

    if(valid)  ValidateCmd(cmdrd);
    else printByte(0xEC);  //Get an invalid error command



void ValidateCmd(byte cmd[]){

  byte sumCheck = 0;
  for(int h = 0;h < 7; h   )  sumCheck  = cmd[h];

  if(sumCheck == cmd[7] && cmd[3] == 2 && cmd[4] == 2){

    byte id = cmd[2] - urmAdd;
    urmData = cmd[5] * 256   cmd[6];

//    SerialPort.print(id);
//    SerialPort.print(":");
//    SerialPort.println(urmData);

  else if(cmd[3] == 2 && cmd[4] == 2){
    SerialPort.print("Sum error");


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