Xbee wireless module

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Description:
Xbee is a wireless communication module from Maxstream built to the 802.15.4 standard. By default it is configured from the factory to be a wireless serial line replacement. It can be programmed to do other functions like join ZigBee networks or transmit level changes of certain module I/O pins.

There are two flavors of this module: Xbee and Xbee Pro. The pro version has an increased range:

XBee

  • Indoor/Urban: up to 100’ (30 m)
  • Outdoor line-of-sight: up to 300’ (100 m)
  • TX Current: 45 mA (@3.3 V)
  • RX Current: 50 mA (@3.3 V)
  • Power-down Current: < 10 μA

XBee-PRO

  • Indoor/Urban: up to 300’ (100 m)
  • Outdoor line-of-sight: up to 1 mile (1500 m)
  • TX Current: 215 mA (@3.3 V)
  • RX Current: 55 mA (@3.3 V)
  • Power-down Current: < 10 μA



Documents:
Datasheet from Maxstream
804.15.2 mode of operation
ZigBee mode of operation

Footprints:

The module is mounted on a mini-pcb with 2 10pin 2mm pitch headers. See the datasheet for more info.

Sparkfun Electronics now makes a breakoutboard that converts the 2mm pitch pins into 0.1" pitch pins. They also sell 2mm header sockets to use in your projects.

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