Description: This is the very popular 2.4GHz XBee XBP24-AWI-001 module from Digi. The Pro series have the same pinout and command set of the basic series with an increase output power of 60mW! 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 a very reliable and simple communication between microcontrollers, computers, systems, really anything with a serial port! Point to point and multi-point networks are supported.
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Based on 4 ratings:
I connected it to the xbee explorers, computer and arduino started to communicate. just like plug-n-play
I was using a non-Pro Xbee and it was intermittent at the distance I was using it at. The Pro works much better.
I’ve used this radio to get extra range that I couldn’t have with a simple xbee holding a ceramic antenna. I was forced to put the receiver in a metal box for my project needs. this did not however hinder a reception at 300 meters range.
Get this rather than the cheaper one with limited range. You won’t be sorry, unless you never intend to have your XBee pair out of the same room. Who needs the potential for irritation?
Note that they come configured out of the box to work. You can change things if you want later, but play with first rather than confusing yourself with all the set-up guides running around. If you decide to reconfigure, note that there are an older version of the software needed (X-CTU), and a brand new version. I suggest the older version, as most on-line guides seem to refer to that one.
You will need a shield if using with an Arduino, and another device if communicating with a desktop via USB – the USB will provide the power for the XBee as well as the link into your computer. On the Arduino, power comes from it.
Note that many of the examples I’ve seen use the software serial library, which is helpful so that you don’t have to worry about unplugging the XBee while uploading sketches to your Arduino. Note that when setting the jumpers on the shield.
For communication with a PC desktop, download the free “putty” terminal program.
As for power draw, I’ve run mine on both an UNO, and an Edison -Arduino breakout board from batteries with no issues whatever.