This is the SparkFun XBee Wireless Kit, the perfect box full of goodies to get you started using XBees. Inside this kit you will find two XBee Modules, one XBee Explorer, one Xbee Shield and a set of R3 headers to solder onto the shield. Our entire goal for the XBee Kit was to make wireless communication simple. Connect one XBee to the shield and your Arduino, connect the other XBee to the Explorer board and your computer, and you’ll be able to seamlessly pass serial data to and from your Arduino wirelessly! Using this connection, you can transmit remote sensor data, or send data from your computer to update a scoreboard, or drive a robot from your keyboard!
The XBee Shield mates directly with an Arduino Pro or USB board, and equips it with wireless communication capabilities using the popular XBee module. This is SparkFun’s own design and is a distant relative to the official XBee Shield from Arduino.
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 pin of the XBee.
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 12x11 grid of 0.1" holes are available for prototyping.
Note: If you are using these outside of the United States, please check with your local laws regarding radio communication.
1.) Check that the XBee_Serial_Passthrough.ino file is upload to the Arduino Uno with Atmega328P
2.) Check that the switch is flipped ot the DLINE
3.) Check your connections (i.e. your solder joints)
5.) Check your power.
4.) Ensure that the settings are set to the correct configuration to send data with your XBee.
5.) If you are using an Arduino Mega, make sure to use the pins that are able to do software serial communication https://www.arduino.cc/en/Reference/SoftwareSerial.
6.) If you are using a Arduino Leonardo or any board with an Atmega32U4, make sure that you are using the correct function to send data. Serial.print() just pipes data to the Serial monitor while Serial1.print() sends data through the UART. This is explained on the product page for the Arduino Leonardo https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/ArduinoBoardLeonardo and in this code => https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/pro-micro–fio-v3-hookup-guide#example-1-blinkies
7.) If XCTU can’t find the XBee on the COM port your board is hooked up to, your operating system is probably toggling the DTR pin when it opens the COM port you selected. When the DTR pin is pulled low, the Atmega328 will reset. Therefore, while XCTU is looking for the XBee on the COM port, the Arduino is resetting and inhibiting any communication with the pass through code.
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Easy to hookup, easy to program, and good distance. The tutorials could go into some detail about the differences between the AT and ATI modes and which one you really want to be in. Using mine between the Sparkfun weather meters/shield and computer.