Exciting XBee Class - December 3rd, 2011

The class begins with an introduction to all the required components, serial terminals, AT commands and the basics of mesh networking. The first project will be a Basic Chat session that demonstrates how to configure and connect coordinator and router ZigBee Series 1 radios together. We will also cover pin to pin data transfer using XBee Series 1 radios. Then after lunch we will do the same with XBee series 2 followed by a discussion on the different uses of the two XBee types. Finally we'll develop a full Processing-based wireless simple sensor network using ZigBee radio connections to collect three data values from numerous remotely-placed sensors.

Concepts covered in this class: During this class we will talk about radio protocols, PAN IDs, AT mode, briefly cover API mode, I/O features, hexadecimals, ZigBee network topologies and data while having plenty of fun.

Materials Included in this class:

  • 2 XBee Series 2 ZB radios
  • 2 XBee Series 1 ZB radios
  • 6 ft. USB Mini-B Cable
  • 1 Clear, Self-Adhesive Breadboard
  • 2 LEDs
  • 2 AA batteries/battery holder with cover and switch
  • 3 Potentiometers
  • XBee Module Breakout Board
  • XBee Explorer

**Prerequisites: **Prior experience with basic electronics and physical computing is helpful but adventurous beginners are welcome.

**Note: **Please install the Arduino software on your computer before the class. Click here for instructions on installing the Arduino software.
Also, please install CoolTerm on your computer before the class. Click here for CoolTerm download. If you are a windows user then you will also need to install X-CTU. Click here for X-CTU download.
Finally you will also need the FTDI chip driver for use with our XBee Explorer. Click here for FTDI chip driver download.

Note: Class registration is non-refundable. Thanks for your understanding!

What to bring: Students are asked to provide their own laptop and Arduino board and should bring both along with them. Arduino boards can be purchased separately before the class if needed.

Date: Saturday, December 3rd 2011

**Time: **9AM to 5PM


Instructors: Michelle, Dave, Eric, Jeff, Mike and Linz



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  • We are going to offering all of our class documents for free once our learn.sparkfun.com website is up. That way you can just order the parts for the class and get the documents for free. Maybe you would even want to lead our own class at a Hacker Space? =)

  • Can this be purchased with a written version of the class or a downloadable video after it ends? I know you are not ready to do a live webinar so I thought this could be a great start. It is a really interesting topic. I would love to be able to take advantage of your classes from the east coast.

  • Can this be purchased with a written version of the class or a downloadable video of the class after it happens? Since you are not ready to do a live webinar, this might be a good start. This is an interesting topic. It would be great to be able to attend a class like this from the east coast.

  • We're working on online classes.
    Cancellation/refund policy is currently on a case by case basis since our Department of Education is so young.

    • LC, your cancellation policy is not on a case-by-case basis. Why not just be truthful?

      • Solarbees, it used to be on a case by case basis a month ago when I posted this comment. As of recently our refund policy is now posted on all class listings. Unfortunately we cannot make any exceptions because our time and energy is already stretched fairly thin. I apologize for any miscommunication this may have caused.

  • You guys need to start making online classes! I would definitely pay for that! If i was in CO i would attend but in NY about to get hit by a hurricane :(
    Online classes would ROCK!

  • I am with Jason... I would love to take online SparkFun classes.

  • What is the cancelation/refund policy?

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