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Maxstream XBee RF module documentation

I have digged out the specifications for the Maxstream XBee RF modules, which I received as part of the "Dare To Dream Different" competition package.

Please note that there is also a Zigbee variant of these modules. The ones I received are 802.15.4 versions. I'm not currently sure of the differences, so you have to look that up yourself if you need it.

You can find the specs. and other information here:

1. XBee XB24-AWI-001 802.15.4 module product manual.
2. XBee XBIB-U-DEV development board diagram.
3. USB driver for Windows (for the development board)


Comments (6) -

  • Matthew

    2/8/2009 11:19:49 PM |

    Did you had a look at the .NET Micro Framework Library for XBEE Devices? I think it is available on CodePlex.

  • Peter

    2/9/2009 12:21:12 AM |

    Hi Matthew,
    I have not yet had a look on the XBee stuff, other that finding the documentation. I'm looking forward to playing with this, but I'm currently busy with the user interface for my Dare To Dream Different project. I'll see when I find time to test the XBee. I have seen that Rob Miles has done some initial testing with his XBee modules and he has even written some testprogrammes. You can find it on his site using this link www.robmiles.com/.../...ing-gets-the-hardware.html

  • Matthew

    2/9/2009 12:19:09 PM |

    Yeah, I found the article already, but this was only a test. The XBee lib is great and working on my PC, too, I will see how it will work with other modules from Digi Internationl.

  • Peter

    2/10/2009 11:31:32 PM |

    Matthew, I agree with you that the programs from Rob are very simple and a little ugly programming (at least the MF program), but they do work. I think they could have been written in a more illustrative way, but I guess that it was enough for Rob to see that it was working. I played a little with it and found out about the basics of how they work. You need to look at the debug output in Visual Studio, in order to actually see that something is transmitted from the PC to the MF module. I have created a more generic XBee class, which I will write a blog about later. If you want to see the code before I get to write about it, you can just send me an email. It is not tested very thoroughly but is does the basic stuff...

  • Matthew

    2/13/2009 4:29:17 PM |

    Yes, please send me a copy of the source to hanks . matthew gmail com

  • tin whiskers

    8/5/2009 12:36:05 PM |

      XBee 900 XCS and XBee 900 wireless modules send data over the 900MHz ISM band (which requires no FCC license), allowing for information to be sent over great distances. The XCS models can push data up to 15 miles away, but only sends and receives data at a pokey 9.6kbps. On the other hand, the 900 modules can still traverse up to 6 miles line-of-sight at up to 156kpbs (still not super-fast, but passable for transmitting small amounts of data). The boards are part of the hacker-favorite XBee module series, which makes it easy to connect these devices to a microcontroller like an Arduino for all sorts of custom applications.

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