Digi International continue to support both ZigBee and Znet 2. Remember that only radios with the same type of firmware can communicate with each other. The Xbee The XBee with ZNet 2. Simple peer-to-peer communication with these modules is therefore more complicated than with the Each ZB module must have its firmware configured as coordinator, router, or endpoint before you can begin communication.
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XBees are tiny blue chips that can communicate wirelessly with each other. They can do simple things like replacing a couple of wires in serial communication, which is nice when you want to make a remote for your paintball vehicle. But which of the dozen or so modules do you want? Why are there so many antenna? Why are some of them Pro, and does this make the regular models feel inadequate? And most importantly why does Sparkfun have so many boards for XBee and which ones do I need? There are lots of different types of modules which we are going to go over, but one of the nice things about these is that all the modules regardless of the series or type have similar pinouts.
Some of the more advanced features are not always compatible, but for starters its not something to worry about. Now that you are ready to start learning about XBee and what it all means here is a breakdown of the XBee world. These modules use the IEEE They are designed for high-throughput applications requiring low latency and predictable communication timing. Zigbee - An alliance and a standard of cost and energy efficient mesh networks.
XBee uses the Zigbee standard and adds to it and wraps it up in their own neat little package. Bumblebee - A tuna company , an insect of the family Apidae and the genus Bombus, or a small yellow Autobot. Which ever definition you choose they are fairly awesome and completely irrelevant to our talk of wireless XBee modules. Series What? XBee Series 1 also called XBee Because they are easy to work with we recommend these especially if you are just starting out.
For point to point communication these modules work as well as the Series 2 but without all the work. Nope, stop thinking about it! Datasheet XBee Znet 2. Series 2 modules must be configured before they can be used. They can run in a transparent mode or work with API commands, but this all depends on what firmware you configure these with.
These also can run in a mesh network making them highly configurable and awesome modules. It also makes them harder to use modules. These modules are in no way compatible with the Series 1 modules so stop thinking about trying! These modules are no longer sold but are being replaced with the mostly compatible ZB modules. Meaning they can also run in a transparent mode or work with API commands. They can also run in a mesh network making them highly configurable and awesome modules. You can grab the new firmware and upgrade them yourself.
The firmware between the two is not compatible but is easily interchangeable so you will have to pick which firmware you want to use on your network and stick with it. These are often call Series 2 modules, so if you hear someone talking about Series 2, they might be talking about these.
It may not be the correct term, but it does distinguish these from the Series 1 modules which is usually all people want to know. These modules will not work in any way shape or form with the Series 1 so stop thinking about it. Stop it! Datasheet 2B the even more current Series2ish module - These new modules improve on the hardware of the Series 2 modules improving things like power usage.
They run the ZB firmware but because the hardware has been changed they can no longer run the Znet2. So if you are looking to add this to an existing 2. Currently some of our boards are 2B and others are ZB MHz - Technically not a series but it is a family just like the others. The s can run 2 different types of firmware, the DigiMesh firmware and the Point to Multipoint firmware. Digi actually sells both modules, the hardware is the same just with different firmware.
Sparkfun only sells the point to multipoint version, but hey, you can change the firmware yourself. These modules should be more or less plug and play but of course can benefit from all the cool features you can configure. XSC - Basically these are modules that sacrifice data rate for range.
On the other hand if you attach a high gain antenna you can get a range of about 15 miles and 6 miles with a regular antenna. These modules do not require configuration out of the box and have some other differences including a different command set so make sure you check out the datasheet. XSC S3B - This is an upgraded version of the XSC modules which is less power-hungry than the previous generation despite having a higher selectable transmitting power of mW.
This higher Tx power allows for line-of-sight range up to 28 miles with the right antenna. Antenna, Antennas, Antennae Chip Antenna — Basically a small chip that acts as an antenna.
Quick, easy, cheap, not in the way. These are being phased out in favor of trace antennas, which are essentially the same but printed directly to the circuit board. Wire Antenna — Well its a small wire sticking up, a little more of what you think of when you think of antenna. FL Antenna — A tiny connector to connect your own antenna, this is great if your object is in a box and you want your antenna outside the box. RPSMA Antenna — A bigger connector to connect your own antenna, once again great if your object is in a box and you want your antenna outside the box.
Trace Antenna — Also called a PCB antenna, these are formed directly on the module with conductive traces. They perform about the same as wire antennas. The Pros are a bit longer, use more power and cost more money. The greater power means longer range 1 mile instead of ft so if you need the range or like to spend more money, then use the Pros, otherwise stick with the regular models.
You can mix and match these on the same network. Basically MHz can go a lot farther with a high gain antenna up to 15miles for the Pro modules and a high gain antenna. Also the lower the frequency the greater penetration the signal has. You can NOT mix and match these on the same network. XBee Device.
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