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Description: This is the SparkFun XBee Explorer Dongle unit for the Digi XBee module line. With the XBee Explorer Dongle you can plug the unit directly into your USB port and have it act as a gateway between your computer and the XBee. No cables needed! This unit works with all XBee modules including the Series 1 and Series 2.5, standard and Pro version. The on-board voltage regulator is good up to 500mA.
The highlight of this board is an FT231X USB-to-Serial converter. That’s what translates data between your computer and the XBee. There’s also a reset button, and a voltage regulator to supply the XBee with plenty of power. In addition, there are four LEDs that’ll help if you ever need to debug your XBee: RX, TX, RSSI (signal-strength indicator), and power indicator.
This board also breaks out each of the XBee’s I/O pins to a pair of breadboard-compatible headers. So if you want to make use of the XBee’s extended functionality, you can solder some header pins into those, or even just solder some wire.
Not sure which XBee module or accessory is right for you? Check out our XBee Buying Guide!
Note: There is no XBee included with this Explorer Dongle. Check the Recommended Products section below for different options.
Based on 8 ratings:
1 of 1 found this helpful:
The dongle fits nicely in my laptop or desktop, no more USB cables mess. However, its width makes it difficult to attach anything next to it (eg. another USB or HDMI port) Had no difficulties operating it. Good product.
Purchased the newer design of the explorer with a reset button and without the need for a cable. Never worked. I had the older design, so I never bothered getting it fixed.
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I have 2 Arduinos taking commands from a PC using this dongle. A dongle, 2 shields and 3 XBee modules. You can get the XBee module in backwards but it doesnt seem to hurt it if you catch it quickly. The documentation below is very helpful.
0 of 1 found this helpful:
Little bad to say about this- it works with the XBee as advertised, which is a great thing if your XBees work in the application you’re needing of them.
I love when my parts work in the applications I need them too! Thanks for the review.
The is nothing wrong with the performance of the Xbee Explorer Dongle, it’s actually good. But, the problem is that the Hardware is too wide so that when I insert it in the USB port, because of the close proximity of the USB ports, it will prevents me from using adjacent ports. I have a Mac and Macs only have two USB ports, with the Explorer plugged in, the USB port next to it becomes unavailable. I would recommend getting an alternative module with a micro USB cable, as this will not restricted access to adjacent ports.
This device is a great way to interface an Xbee module to your PC or Rpi thru the USB port.
I started working with a Robo Peak LIDAR run by an Arduino and taking the data and applying it to a Adafruit NeoPixel 24 ring. I then wanted the Arduino to send the data to another Arduino that would run the NeoPixel. So I wanted to use XBees for the data transfer. Using the Dongle allowed me to see what was being transfered and start coding the second Arduino. I got it working but it still needs to be tweeked.