XBee Pro 60mW U.FL Connection - Series 1 (802.15.4)

This is the very popular 2.4GHz XBee XBP24-AUI-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.

If you are looking for distance, this module combined with a large 2.4GHz antenna is just about the longest range there is. Better performance than the chip antenna because of the ability to add a higher-sensitivity antenna.

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

  • 3.3V @ 215mA
  • 250kbps Max data rate
  • 60mW output (+18dBm)
  • 1 mile (1500m) range
  • Fully FCC certified
  • 6 10-bit ADC input pins
  • 8 digital IO pins
  • 128-bit encryption
  • Local or over-air configuration
  • AT or API command set
  • External Antenna Required


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  • Ryan Moloney / about 8 years ago / 1

    I'm looking for a way to transmit processed video from what will most likely be a RaspberryPi to a nearby (<1 mile) base station, as well as receive control commands (think bomb disposal robot). Will the XBee Pro be able to transmit the video and receive commands? High quality/high frame rate video is not necessary, in fact I will be transmitting a depthMap array, if that makes a difference. Thanks.

  • MITEE / about 14 years ago / 2

    I see from the serial number that this is an XBP24-AUI model, produced in April of 2008. So this board may not have SiP hardware and thus might not be re-programmed to use DigiMesh 2.4 firmware.
    Is this indeed the case? What firmware was this module originally shipped with, from Digi?
    (see http://www.digi.com/support/kbase/kbaseresultdetl.jsp?id=3150 )

  • Member #342089 / about 11 years ago / 1

    I got this pair of zigbees with U.fl connector and Duck antenna one large and another small. But i got really disappointed when they provided range of less than 15 meters in outdoor and LOS condition. I used 9600bps and arduino to transmit data. Any suggestions please ....

    • bdwyer / about 11 years ago / 1

      I was able to use a pair of these at LEAST 100 ft. One had an antenna while the other did not. I was very impressed: 9600 BPS. I noticed it would not work as nice at higher baud rates...But I was not using CTS and RTS

  • Member #314382 / about 12 years ago / 1

    Is there any estimation when will be this XBee XBP24-AUI-001 module available again?

  • nerdboy64 / about 13 years ago / 1

    Does SFE sell this as a kit that includes the module and all the necessary antennae, cables, etc.?

  • Member #224885 / about 13 years ago * / 1

    does it transmit signals on min. data rate on long distances (~ 1 mile) with minimal data loss?
    And is it able to transmit signals on distances more than 1 mile using better antennas?

    • CPJ / about 12 years ago / 1

      First of all 1 mile is considered to be done in near perfect conditions, basically in line of sight only. Your packet/data would be very "lossy" at this range, but generally you would need to implement your own form of check-sum at that range etc. If the packet doesn't reach the target, then the sending device will fail to receive an ACK(Acknowledgement of your data being received), and try to resend 3 times, unless you've changed it to a greater retry count. It would be a massive struggle to get up to or beyond a mile with this device unless you use several to repeat the signal at smaller intervals like 600~800 yards etc over your wanted distance, or using some form of high gain antenna

  • Member #206016 / about 13 years ago / 1

    I'm not entirely sure if this post is being monitored still.
    I have just purchased this Xbee and unfortunately a U.Fl to Sma cable.
    I want to interface this cable with a old Wifi antenna, i have located some solid core wire that perfectly interfaces with the two female inner connections.
    Am i correct to assume that this "workaround" should be fine as the reversed polarity only relates to the physical interface?

  • shaunb / about 14 years ago / 1

    Are the 2.4 ghz antennas necesary or can you use the xbees out of the box and get antennas later?

    • RVaughan / about 13 years ago / 1

      I really wouldn't suggest using these without an antenna. There isn't a chip antenna installed, so the SWR that the radio sees when transmitting will very quickly burn up the radio. Yes, it will work a short distance without a antenna, but will work/last LONGER with one attached.

      • TLAlexander / about 12 years ago / 1

        Actually these modules are so powerful that they work great without an antenna. Since the U.FL connector is fragile, we use them without an antenna while testing and then don't hook up an antenna until we are doing final assembly and testing.

        If you're just trying them out or only going across the room, these are plenty powerful with no antenna - they have about as much as the non-pro modules with a chip antenna.

        However, if you never intend to use an external antenna, just buy the modules with the wire whip.


    • dana / about 14 years ago / 1

      No, you cannot use these out of the box.
      You need a U.FL to RP-SMA cable and an antenna with an RP-SMA connector (or a U.FL to SMA cable and an antenna with an SMA connector, but SparkFun doesn't seem to sell any antennas with an SMA connector).

      • MikeGrusin / about 14 years ago / 2

        We've got several rubber-duck 2.4GHz antennas with RP-SMA connectors that will connect to our XBees: http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/categories.php?c=78.
        Also, in general, it's not a good idea to power up a transmitter without an antenna present. If the RF energy can't be radiated, it can damage the transmitter circuitry. This likely isn't a problem for low-powered transmitters like the XBee, but you can definitely smoke a larger transmitter if you're not careful.

  • dapoofyhairdude / about 14 years ago / 1

    are the antenna accessories absolutely necessary to get these to communicate? or do they just increase range?

  • roycohen2013 / about 14 years ago / 1

    how would i connect the the 2.4 ghz antena that is about to go on sale to this if it is even possible

  • Azayles / about 14 years ago / 1

    Do these module output data relating to radio reception quality?
    Also, is it a simple matter of using a level converter at each end to implement a transparent wireless null-modem serial communication between two computers?

  • AretCarlsen / about 15 years ago / 1

    You can pick up Hirose-U.FL to RP-SMA adapters on eBay for a few dollars. That lets you use common 2.4GHz wifi (802.11) antennas, i.e. from old routers or (again) off eBay.

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