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:
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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