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XBee Explorer USB

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Product Description

This is a simple to use, USB to serial base unit for the XBee line. This unit works with all XBee modules including the Series 1 and Series 2.5, standard and Pro version. Plug the unit into the XBee Explorer, attach a mini USB cable, and you will have direct access to the serial and programming pins on the XBee unit. Note: As of August 2010, all new boards now include a MIC5219 voltage regulator which is good for 500mA. Note: A pull-up on DIN is required for this board to work properly. Thankfully, Series 1 and Series 2 XBee modules have their internal pull-up enabled by default. You will need to manually enable the pull-up on the 900MHz series.

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Product Dimensions 6 x 4.9 x 0.1 inches
Item Weight 0.2 ounces
Shipping Weight 0.8 ounces
Manufacturer SparkFun
ASIN B004G4XUXU
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Best Sellers Rank #1,331 in Computers & Accessories > Networking Products > Network Adapters > Wi-Fi Dongles
#19,016 in Electronics > Televisions & Video
Date first available at Amazon.com December 13, 2010

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The XBee Explorer USB is a great way to connect an XBee radio to a computer so you can communicate with other XBees that are mounted on microcontrollers such as the Arduino.

I've connected the Explorer to a Raspbery Pi, to a Windows-based computer and to a server running Linux (Debian), and all three worked perfectly. On Windows, I used the Explorer with theDigi XCTU software to update the firmware on the XBees and to set the broadcast and listen channels. If you're trying to update with XCTU and it fails, just run it a second time and it will work. That happened to me with every XBee I udated. . I've only used XBee Series 1 (point-to-point); I haven't tried the Series 2 radios that you can use to create a mesh network.

I've read and written data through the Explorer using C, Python and JavaScript (Node.js) without a hitch. The only issue I've had is with colliding messages from multiple XBees transmitting at the same time, but that's not an Explorer issue.
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If you want to send commands from a PC (or Mac) to an Xbee network this is an important part of the setup. Works well. Don't forget to download the XCTU utility!
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Just works
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