October 10, 2010
about 4 years ago
I feel that an update to the FIO is needed. Here are the things that I would change.
The biggest one is the change the orientation of the Xbee board. This is clearly a layout error if you are using the XBee with the Chip antenna. See page 16 of the Xbee’s User manual (http://ftp1.digi.com/support/documentation/90000976_F.pdf) If using some of the other antenna options it is not the bigg of a deal.
Next one is there are not mounting holes and everything is fairly close to the edge of the board. These 2 problem combined make it difficult to mount.
Some of the Xbee lines are not easily accessible if you wanted to use the available Digital IO from the Xbee. Like the pin 20 on the Xbee can be used in commissioning the Xbee onto a Zigbee mesh.
If you wanted to use the 50mw versions of the Xbee, there is really no way that you can do so with the current FIO. I am not sure the best way of fixing this one.
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