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Xbee Wireless Kit

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  • 2 x XBee Modules (1mW Series 1 with Wire Antenna)
  • 1 x XBee Shield
  • 1 x XBee Explorer
  • 2 x Stackable Headers 6-pin
  • 2 x Stackable Headers 8-pin

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Product Description

This is a complete XBee wireless communication kit with everything you need to get up and running quickly, including 2 1mW XBee modules with wire antenna, the popular USB XBee Explorer, an XBee shield as well as headers required for the XBee shield.

The very popular 2.4GHz XBee modules from Digi (formally Maxstream) take the 802.15.4 stack (the basis for Zigbee) and wrap it into a very 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.

The goal for this complete XBee Kit is 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 board, and equips it with wireless communication capabilities using the popular XBee module.

The serial pins (DIN and DOUT) of the XBee are connected through a 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 which is sold separately.

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Brand Name CanaKit
Item Weight 7.2 ounces
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.8 x 2.3 inches

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ASIN B004G1EBOU
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3.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #823 in Toys & Games > Learning & Education > Science > Electronics
#43,582 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Components
Shipping Weight 7.2 ounces
Date First Available December 11, 2010

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By rwizard VINE VOICE on September 26, 2011
I purchased this kit from another seller, but wanted to try and provide a review, since the only review to date does little to address the product.

This product is best for those who want to simply "get their feet wet" with Xbee and Arduino, or who have no need for the additional features of Series 2 modules. The Series 2 has a bit more range (due to the output signal being increased by +3dbm). It also supports mesh networking. For more advanced experimentation, you may wish to consider Sparkfun's "BWSN Basics Kit" which is designed as a companion to Building Wireless Sensor Networks: with ZigBee, XBee, Arduino, and Processing . Arduino users purchasing the BWSN kit will also need to order the Arduino Xbee shield as well. The combination is roughly 50% more expensive than the Xbee Wireless Kit, but it is based on Series 2 modules instead of Series 1, and you will end up with a bit more in the way of accessories, including a breadboard, 2 breakouts, LCD display, sensors, annunciators, etc.,.

This kit is typical of Arduino shield kits. Basic soldering skills are required. The kit includes stackable headers, which means you can use it with other Arduino shields, as long as there is no conflict in the signals (pins) in use. I am using it with the Arduino UNO and a prototyping shield. I have not tried it with the Mega, but I believe it would work with it, and other "pluggable" Arduinos. You may want to put this module on top of any other modules to avoid attenuating the RF signal with the incidental shielding of another board.
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This is over priced! The devices in the kit are perfect for starting with a Xbee and in that sense it is a 5 star product. However, if you buy all the parts separately from Sparkfun, you will pay 30 dollars less. Buy 2 Xbees, Xbee explorer dongle, Xbee explorer regulated, and get some headers if you want. Go to Sparkfun and click on wireless, then Zigbee and they are all right there. It is the same product.
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This devices may be hard to find sometimes at a low price, this one came quick and still working great. Its easy to use once you get started, you can put the receptor about 150 ft and keep control of it
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This is a great way to start learning the Version-1 xBee system. For Version-2 many of the configuration set up options are not the same.

If you want know more about the low cost V1 system, this is a good place to start.
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