Description: The SparkFun XBee Explorer Regulated takes care of the 3.3V regulation, signal conditioning, and basic activity indicators (Power, RSSI and DIN/DOUT activity LEDs). It translates the 5V serial signals to 3.3V so that you can connect a 5V (down to 3.3V) system to any XBee module. The board was conveniently designed to mate directly with the SparkFun Arduino Pro series of boards for wireless bootloading and USB based configuration.
This unit works with all XBee modules including the Series 1 and 2, standard and Pro versions. Plug an XBee into this breakout and you will have direct access to the serial and programming pins on the XBee unit and will be able to power the XBee with 5V.
This board comes fully populated with 3.3V regulator (5V max input), XBee socket, four status LEDs, and level shifting. In the latest revision the diode level shifter is replaced with a more robust MOSFET level shifter. This board does not include and XBee module. XBee modules sold below.
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Like the Parallax version of the Explorer, the pin numbers are wired in a way that is most confusing. It is off by one on one side and off by one in a different direction on the other side. All instructions including those written by Sparkfun go by XBee pin number, not Explorer pin number. You couldn’t make it more confusing if you tried. The least you could do if you ever decide to change it in any way is make it more clear where pin 1 is.
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Being fom the caribben and ordering stuff from the us is somtimes a nightmare because you sometimes get faulty, broken and damage goods. Sometimes dont get the goods at all. And there is nothing we can do about it because we are not in the us. But this is not the case with the stuff i have gotten from Sparkfun. Grate explorer boad With a little time putting the board together you end up with a wonderful pice of tool. Notice that i said tool, because to me its not just a board. Five staRs for me.
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It works as advertised and I’ve never had an issue
Working as expected :-)
These are great for fitting ab XBee into a verry small spot, and for running an XBee off Arduino serial ports OTHER than serial0 like all the shield makers want us to do. I prefer to keep Serial0 for updating programs (via USB), and use Serial1 for my comms work. I also found that I can still get at the direct signal ports (I’m using pins 19 & 20 via level changers) for signals in addition to my communications protocol via Din and Dout (which are already buffered). I also love the LEDs on Din and Dout, it makes it easy to debug.
no problems with it
The explorer is well made, I was able to easily solder to the pins that I needed and the mounting holes are slightly larger than other boards, so mounting was easy also.
Used with a ublox gps, it just works.
Didn’t have any need to dig into how.
Headers are a little weird, but the design facilitates the ability to breadboard this thing in two different configurations. wish it was just a little more narrow so it wouldn’t eat up the entire breadboard width.