The SparkFun Digi XBee® Development Board is designed to help you quickly and easily prototype low-power cellular IoT applications using the new Digi XBee 3 Low-Power LTE-M/NB-IoT, Digi XBee RR, and any existing through-hole Digi Xbee module. This board breaks out all the functionality of your XBee module and adds the ability to connect to the cellular network and (drumroll, please) GNSS.
This is a "kitchen sink" development board that gives you access to the pin functionality of the XBee, includes two USB-C connectors for UART communication and firmware updates, a Qwiic connector for I2C capable sensors and peripherals, as well as Reset and D0 buttons and the ability to update firmware on the XBees that have cellular modules. There's also a JST port for a battery to allow your project to be more on the go.
Digi Remote Manager® allows users to easily configure and control devices from a central platform. Built-in Digi TrustFence® security, identity, and data privacy features use multiple layers of control to protect against new and evolving cyber threats. Standard XBee API frames and AT commands, MicroPython, and XCTU® simplify setup, configuration, testing and adding or changing functionality.
The SparkFun Qwiic Connect System is an ecosystem of I2C sensors, actuators, shields and cables that make prototyping faster and less prone to error. All Qwiic-enabled boards use a common 1mm pitch, 4-pin JST connector. This reduces the amount of required PCB space, and polarized connections mean you can’t hook it up wrong.
If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Competent - The toolchain for programming is a bit more complex and will examples may not be explicitly provided for you. You will be required to have a fundamental knowledge of programming and be required to provide your own code. You may need to modify existing libraries or code to work with your specific hardware. Sensor and hardware interfaces will be SPI or I2C.
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If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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