Description: This is the very popular 2.4GHz XBee module from Digi. These modules take the 802.15.4 stack (the basis for Zigbee) and wrap it into a simple to use serial command set. These modules allow very reliable and simple communication between microcontrollers, computers, systems, really anything with a serial port! Point to point and multi-point networks are supported.
Not sure which XBee module or accessory is right for you? Check out our XBee Buying Guide!
Note: If you are using these outside of the United States, please check with your local laws regarding radio communication.
Based on 1 ratings:
I’ve been messing with a few of these for about two months now and have come to the conclusion that they’re just not that reliable or easy to setup. I’ve had continuous problems trying to get them to communicate with each other and often when they do start communicating, it’s a mystery as to what changed.
Also keep in mind that Digi is not a Linux-friendly company. Personally, I think they’re completely out of touch with their target market. The XCTU software is available for Mac or Windows but not Linux. Some people run it in Wine, others use Moltosenso’s Iron which runs natively on Linux but I couldn’t get it to find any of my XBees. Honestly, the XCTU tool isn’t the issue or even required to get XBees talking to each other; you should be able to do all the configuring over serial with AT commands. Tip: when you enter “+++” do it as fast as you possibly can or the bee may not respond. Took a lot of frustration to finally figure that out.
Overall, these are turning out to not be worth the headache to me. If I can find another solution, I’ll go with that next time.