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Description: Xbee radios are an awesome way to add wireless capability to your Arduino project and now it’s even easier with the SparkFun XBee Shield. The shield form-factor mates directly with any dev board that has an Arduino standard footprint and equips it with wireless communication capabilities using the popular XBee module. This unit works with all XBee modules including the Series 1 and 2, standard and Pro versions.
The serial pins (DIN and DOUT) of the XBee are connected through an SPDT switch, which allows you to select a connection to either the UART pins (D0, D1) or any digital pins on the Arduino (D2 and D3 default). Power is taken from the 5V pin of the Arduino and regulated on-board to 3.3VDC before being supplied to the XBee. The shield also takes care of level shifting on the DIN and DOUT pins of the XBee. In the latest revision the diode level shifter is replaced with a more robust MOSFET level shifter.
The board also includes LEDs to indicate power and activity on DIN, DOUT, RSSI, and DIO5 pins of the XBee. The Arduino’s reset button is brought out on the shield, and a 9x11 grid of 0.1" holes are available for prototyping. The shield does not come with headers installed; we recommend the Arduino Stackable Header Kit. The XBee module is also not included.
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If you plan to use this product with wifi Xbee, don’t rely on Sparkfun tutorials, they are ancient, outdated and DO NOT WORK. Go to github…
I’m sorry, but that tutorial is for series 1 xbees. It’s actually not outdated or broken. But it doesn’t cover Xbee WIFI. So you would want to use a different tutorial if that is your goal.
I was breadboarding my Xbee before getting this and also doing my logic conversions on the breadboard. This cleaned up my project and the logic converter works great. I used it on an Arduino mega and the switch to change the serial lines made this easy.
Five minutes of soldering (don’t forget to buy header pins!) and you are up and running with XBee and Arduino. The board has a switch that lets you control where the XBee’s data is sent as well as a reset button. It’s a simple shield that does one thing very well and then gets out of the way. Do note that it will block the ISP pins on your Arduino, however.