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XBee Wireless Kit Retail

This is the same product as the XBee Shield with a multitude of extra parts including 2 XBee modules, the popular XBee Explorer, and headers for the shield. All these parts comes in fancy clamshell packaging meant for our distributors that need it. Regular customers are welcome to order, but we want to limit the amount of extra packaging finding its way into the trash heap.

Our entire goal for the XBee Kit was to make wireless communication simple. Connect one XBee to the shield and your Arduino, connect the other XBee to the Explorer board and your computer, and you'll be able to seamlessly pass serial data to and from your Arduino wirelessly! Using this connection, you can transmit remote sensor data, or send data from your computer to update a scoreboard, or drive a robot from your keyboard!

The XBee Shield mates directly with an Arduino Pro or USB board, and equips it with wireless communication capabilities using the popular XBee module. This is SparkFun's own design and is a distant relative to the official XBee Shield from Arduino.

The serial pins (DIN and DOUT) of the XBee are connected through an SPDT switch, which allows you to select a connection to either the UART pins (D0, D1) or any digital pins on the Arduino (D2 and D3 default). Power is taken from the 5V pin of the Arduino and regulated on-board to 3.3VDC before being supplied to the XBee. The shield also takes care of level shifting on the DIN pin of the XBee.

The board also includes LEDs to indicate power and activity on DIN, DOUT, RSSI, and DIO5 pins of the XBee. The Arduino's reset button is brought out on the shield, and a 12x11 grid of 0.1" holes are available for prototyping.

Note: This kit does not include a USB to Mini-B cable. We seem to magically grow two of these a week with all the electronic gadgets we have around. So if you don't have one already, pick one up.

Note: If you are using these outside of the United States, please check with your local laws regarding radio communication.

Replaces:RTL-09897

  • Kit allows for simple serial cable replacement
  • Modules support data rates up to 115200bps
  • DIN and DOUT pins of XBee can be connected to either the UART pins or any digital pin on the Arduino (D2 and D3 default)
  • 3.3V power regulation and level shifting on-board
  • 12 x 11 grid of 0.1" spaced prototyping holes
  • Reset button
  • Power, DIN, DOUT, RSSI and DIO5 indicator LEDs

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XBee Wireless Kit Retail Product Help and Resources

Core Skill: Soldering

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2 Soldering

Skill Level: Rookie - The number of pins increases, and you will have to determine polarity of components and some of the components might be a bit trickier or close together. You might need solder wick or flux.
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Core Skill: Programming

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3 Programming

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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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

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.

2 Electrical Prototyping

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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Comments

Looking for answers to technical questions?

We welcome your comments and suggestions below. However, if you are looking for solutions to technical questions please see our Technical Assistance page.

  • I have been wondering, what is the difference between the chip antenna, and the wire antenna? Of course the chip antenna is smaller, which could be an advantage in some project, but is there any quality difference (ex: the range of them)? I was also wondering, did SparkFun only use the chip antenna in this retail kit, so it could fit inside the box?

  • Hi !, i have tried many times to upload a code from xbee to arduino but every time i got an error : "avrdude: stk500_getsync(): not in sync: resp=0x00" Help me to solve it please Thank you

    • I have seen that many people encounter this error while uploading code to an arduino with other items connected to it (like an xbee or sensor). If you get the error while uploading code to your arduino, unplug everything from the arduino except the usb cable and try again. If it works and the code is uploaded correctly, unplug the arduino and plug everything back into it while it does not have power.

      Hope that solves your issue

  • Would it be possible to send data from an Arduino to a RedBot using this kit?

  • Although this is a good value I was very disappointed that the description did not indicate that the Xbee modules where series 1. I had purchased Robert Faludi's book "Building Wireless Sensor Networks" and it said to buy series 2 modules. So now I have to dig into my limited funds to buy two series 2 modules. Be forewarned !

  • where is the non-retail version?

    • There isn't a non-retail kit version of this particular group of components, but you can buy them all individually.

  • Hi! does the board work with a Netduino+?

  • why is it heating up, when i connect it to the PC?

    • It should not be heating up. If it is contact techsupport@sparkfun.com and we should be able to get things figure out for you.

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