July 18, 2013
about 2 years ago
I just bought three of these modules and during configuration of my PAN, and address info (per the chat tutorial off the Digi Examples) I bricked two of the units. They seem to be very sensitive! One appears to be DOA (getting firmware checksum errors) and the other came back and seems ok now.
I noticed others have had the same issue and someone gave a link to a tutorial that supposedly tells you how to reset the unit. DO NOT follow those directions! They’re not 100% wrong but they bypass some safer procedures (i.e. less likely to wipe your device) you should try first. Instead see Digi’s support page. This page has recovery instructions for many different devices made by Digi. For this specific MODEM (e.g. XBee Series 1) reference the section titled XBee (Excluding ZigBee).
Note that if you are using the SparkFun USB host board and have to try the last nuclear “hold the reset” while seating the XBee module procedure you will need to wire up a switch (or equivalent) to pins 5 (/RESET) and 10 (GND). See the Datasheet referenced on this product page for pictures etc if you’re not sure how to find pins 5 and 10.
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