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This is a retired product, but fear not as there is a newer, better version available: WRL-11664

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This product has been retired from our catalog and is no longer for sale.

This page is made available for those looking for datasheets and the simply curious. Please refer to the description to see if a replacement part is available.

Replacement: WRL-11664. This module has been replaced with a newer version! This page is for reference only.

Description: The XBee-PRO XSC RF module is a 900 MHz wireless solution designed for maximum range within the XBee footprint. Capable of point-to-point, peer-to-peer and point-to-multipoint networking, the XBee-PRO XSC is ideal for solutions where RF penetration and absolute transmission distance are paramount to the application.

As a member of the XBee family of RF products, the module is easy-to-use, shares a common footprint, and leverages Digi’s Drop-in Networking solutions including gateways and adapters. No configuration is necessary for out-of-the-box RF communications. The module’s default configuration supports a wide range of data system applications. Advanced configurations can be implemented using simple serial AT commands. XBee-PRO XSC modules are over-the-air compatible with certain variants of the XStream OEM RF module, specifically: X09-009, firmware version 42B5.

XBee-PRO XSC modules operate within the ISM 900 MHz frequency band. The modules are optimized for use in US and Canada.

Not sure which XBee module or accessory is right for you? Check out our XBee Buying Guide!

Digi Part #: XBP09-XCSIT-009

Note: Due to manufacturer's restrictions in other countries, we can only ship these to the USA and Canada. Sorry world!

Features:

  • 3.3V @ 256mA
  • 9.6kbps Max data rate
  • 100 mW power output (up to 15 mile range!!)
  • RPSMA antenna connector
  • Local or over-air configuration
  • AT command set
  • ISM 900 MHz operating frequency
  • Industrial (-40° C to +85° C) temperature rating
  • Fully FCC certified
  • Approved for use in the United States and Canada (no regulatory approvals for Europe Australia, or Japan)
  • Advanced networking and low-power modes supported
  • External Antenna Required

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Comments 21 comments

  • Has anyone had any success using binary commands on this module? It appears that three things are required to get this to work. You need to use ATRT=1 to enable binary commands, you need to assert CMD while the command is issued, and you need to have CTS flow control turned off because the module uses this pin to outline its response to a binary command. However, I can’t seem to find any command to disable CTS flow control. Any help would be appreciated.

  • I’m trying to build a 1 master / 66 slave network where I essentially send individual bangs (single pulse signal) from the master to the slaves. It only needs to be one way communication from master to slave. My main question is not the range, but with the long range and communication protocal, I am wondering how faster are these Xbee networks? While I have minimal bandwidth needs (I only need to trigger a strobe light), I do need a robust 2km (LOS) range with extreme temporal/sequencing accuracy. Is this possible with this Xbee and a high gain antenna? thanks for any feedback!

    • according the description, the data rate is 9.6kbps in Max. I think 9.6kbps is normal and popular used. But if you need faster rate, others might be a good choise. I used Xbee serial 1 and changed the rate to 19.2kbps. And there are some higher rates options. But the distance is very limited - only 1 mile.

  • What antenna do I need to achieve the 15 mile range with a line of sight application?

  • These things cost $42 at the online digi store. Is there a difference between and these, or why is the difference in price so great?

  • Any thoughts on a camera model that has an ir flash for day and night pictures and is compatible with an xbee to wirelessly send images to a computer?

  • Noob here-
    Is it possible to communicate one way over a long range by having one high powered radio transmitting signal, and one low power radio receiving but not transmitting? Thanks

    • Possible, but not with a protocol that expects two-way handshaking or flow control etc. You’d need to use something that took a “don’t care if it got there” approach, in networking it would be UDP (vs TCP), no idea what the RF equivalent is.

  • could this be used with arduino fio and a jpeg rs232 camera like uCam to send pictures wirelessly once a day?

  • I have an Xbee shield, XSC Xbee, and a 5V Arduino. I could receive cleanly, but anything sent was received as a zero (0x00).
    The diode on the DIN pin was the problem for me and many others.
    See these other forum posts:
    http://forum.sparkfun.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=21832
    http://www.societyofrobots.com/robotforum/index.php?topic=9790.0
    My solution was to replace the diode with a 100 ohm resistor. 500 ohm also worked.
    I prototyped a voltage divider to get 3.3V instead of 5V, but the XSC data sheet says it can handle up to 5.5V on DIN. So, I just used the resistor to limit the current.

  • Mail to China OK?

  • Does anyone know the antenna used for a 15 mile range, or is that a theoretical number?

  • Just to be sure….Page 5 of Product manual (link on this page): “Input pins are 5 volt tolerant”

  • just to be sure; the data in/out pins a 5V tolerant right? I.E. they can be directly connected to the serial pins on an arduino.

  • Also - Sparkfun’s rubber duck antenna should fit the bill. Looks just like the one that came with my module in the XSC Dev Kit from Digi.
    I’ve started some range testing of my own with these XSC modules. Setting up a blog for results and comments, using a big environmental park in NW Calgary, Alberta for my testing. Want to see how it handles trees and leaves…
    Successful range test logged at http://offgridinbc.blogspot.com/2009/10/xbee-xsc-range-test-success.html

  • I’ve been playing with these a lot for work and using them with some yagis I got from: http://www.powerfulsignal.com/900mhz-yagi-antennas/900mhz-antennas.html. You need a cable that converts from the N type on the yagi to RPSMA though. We’re only interested in sending from shore to an animal so we’re using a yagi on one end and a duck antenna on the other. Using this setup and the 14dB yagi on that site we’ve gotten 2.6 miles down a beach on a foggy day with the receiving end giving a “successful detonation” light blink.

    • “…sending from shore to an animal… 2.6 miles down a beach on a foggy day… "successful detonation” light"
      Um, should I be calling the SPCA? ;)

  • is there any compatible antenna ?


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