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Description: This is the very popular 2.4GHz XBee module from Digi. These modules take the 802.15.4 stack (the basis for Zigbee) and wrap it into a simple to use serial command set. These modules allow very reliable and simple communication between microcontrollers, computers, systems, really anything with a serial port! Point to point and multi-point networks are supported.

Not sure which XBee module or accessory is right for you? Check out our XBee Buying Guide!

Note: If you are using these outside of the United States, please check with your local laws regarding radio communication.

Features:

  • 3.3V @ 50mA
  • 250kbps Max data rate
  • 1mW output (+0dBm)
  • 300ft (100m) range
  • Fully FCC certified
  • 6 10-bit ADC input pins
  • 8 digital IO pins
  • 128-bit encryption
  • Local or over-air configuration
  • AT or API command set
  • Trace Antenna

Documents:

Replaces: WRL-08664

Comments 21 comments

  • How well do these compare to the chip and wire antennae?

    • I find that the wire is better than chip. My UK supplier said that this trace is better than chip, I have not noticed any difference.

  • No RF-way to solder on an antenna where there already is an antenna. Disrupts the impedance. There are XBee’s with u.FL connectors so you can plug in a coax going to a variety of antennas.

    PCB antenna to me means antenna formed by copper traces on the XBee. That’s what’s talked about in the WRL-11215. There is/was an XBee with a similar antenna, in the form of a (blue) silicon chip antenna that mounts on the PCB. That kind of chip antenna is widely used in WiFi and Bluetooth. The antenna has poor/negative gain and an irregular radiation pattern. The PCB trace antenna is likely very similar to the chip antenna, but less costly.

    The wire antenna, if you have the space, and if the XBee isn’t inside a ferrous metal box, is the best choice. If in an aluminum box- you may be surprised as to how RF-transparent aluminum is, vs. steel.

    • Transparent aluminum? Brings back memories of a Star Trek movie… In my experience, aluminum is a very effective RF shield. It is used in high power radios to isolate one section from another, for instance. However, if you have an enclosure with a cover which is poorly fitted, or one with too few screws to close the cover, it is possible that RF signals will be able to leak in/out.

      To check the shielding effects that aluminum has, put a cellphone into a die-cast aluminum enclosure which has no openings, and call the cellphone. You won’t see a missed call displayed when you open the box up.

    • I have a couple of Series 2 Radios, the wire antenna isn’t very tolerant to flexing. Mine broke off the boards ages ago and I had to replace them.

  • It can only be set to 115200, why do you say the max data rate is 250kbps?

  • When I use X-CTU, I can my Xbee OK. I want to add a name to my XBee, I can’t find where add the name. Any Help??

  • hello to all does this xbee its the same that the one that have the blue chip antenna on it?, if i have one with the blue antenna could interact with this with trace antenna as well?. or not?

    :)

  • Do I need to buy the “Xbee Explorer” for it, since it is written in the guide “they don’t need to be configured”?

  • I have a question.

    I bought the Xbee explorer USB and have a project that works well with Arduino. When I Serial Monitor, Xbee USB explorer automatically opens the Serial COM port lights and lamps Rx and Tx.

    When you step into the LABVIEW the door does not open automatically.

    Help me please it is urgent!

    Thank you!

    Philip

  • I need to monitor three analog signals 0-5v and ship them to an ardunio, Can I do this with series 1 chips>

  • Would this work with a Polymer Lithium Ion Battery which is 3.7 volts ?

  • Hi, please i wanna know if i could build a zigbee mesh topology with those XBEE’s serie 1 cause i need to set up a wireless sensor netowrks and i have only nodes with this specifiation; (I mean XBee 1mW Trace Antenna - Series 1 (802.15.4) ) ??

    • I like series 1 radios better than Series 2 for mesh networks. You do however need to flash the radios to the XB24-DM firmware to use these in a mesh network. (Though if you are reading any zigbee only device or need ultra low power end nodes zigbee is the way to go.)

  • Hey, I bought a couple xbees from you and actually received two different ones…one being this model and one being the model that it replaced. I am trying to set up the XbeeSerialEcho tutorial you have but I can not get it to work. Are the two xbees compatible still?

  • Somebody know if i can communicate one xbee pro series 1 with one normal xbee 1mw trace antena Series 1 ?

    • Yes, any Series 1 modules should be able to talk with any other Series 1 module regardless of antenna type or whether they are regular or pro modules.

  • I would like to buy WRL-08664 but out of stock should buy this instead of it?

  • is it possible to get the US version to Aus?

  • any way we can solder on a wire antenna?


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