X2 Gateways with Michelle


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Things have been getting a bit hectic around here lately with last minute preparations for our trip to Maker Faire this week, but our videographer Gregg still had time to sit down with Michelle from Tech Support and make a quick video about using the ConnectPort X2 gateway. Check it out:

Basically the ConnectPort X2 is a small device that helps connect your XBee to the Internet. As you can imagine, this can be pretty helpful and extend the communication of your project from a few dozen feet to across the globe. The above video will tell you all about setting up an X2 Gateway to work with your project! Enjoy!


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  • Actually, I liked this video. I actually thought it was informative. But, actually, I did not like the background music. I actually thought it was distracting.
    Nice one!
    (Actually)

  • Very informative gateway/bridge video Michelle. You did say “actually”, quite a bit, but that’s the kind of thing you don’t notice when you’re nervous, and trying to keep the flow of the presentation going. Maybe Roger has never tried this before. Anyway you did great this time and it’ll be better next. Thanks for the info.

  • What is ‘go blue’ a reference to?

  • Go Blue!

  • GO BLUE!!!

  • he shes new? liked it.

  • Michelle! GO BLUE. Sophomore studying CE at university of michigan! Great to see an alumn!

  • Background music on these kinds of video is distracting. Nice video though.

  • Thanks Michelle! This was a very helpful “survey” of what’s possible here. Appreciated the video, and the informative comments of others to the video as well.

  • Nice video…good explanation. Are you sitting in a server room by chance? or is that a barn fan running just behind the camera guy? =)

  • “Favorite web browser or Internet Explorer"
    Nice dig at IE :)

  • Nice shirt!

  • Sweet video Gregg & Michelle!
    For those who are looking for a generalized introductory Python application for getting things connected between the Internet a ConnectPort and a set of XBees have a look at the XIG project: http://code.google.com/p/xig/
    The XIG runs on all of Digi’s ConnectPort X gateways and allows XBees to fetch URLs, send UDP data, and receive real-time information from web-service calls made to iDigi.com.
    Happy hacking!

    • XiG is awesome! I didn’t use it in my setup because all the sensors are passive, but if you connect the xBee to an Arduino or other controller it makes networking those devices a snap.

  • You can do some interesting stuff with this. I used an X4 (big brother to the X2) and a bit of Python code to connect some xBee sensors to Pachube for data logging in the cloud.
    You can read a little bit about it here: Digi and Pachube fun
    Unfortunately it looks like my feed is down so I have some fixing to do :-(


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