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Check out the 1mW XBee wireless module with 802.15.4 protocol . It’s really good for point-to-point, and multipoint networks. It really is the easiest way to add wireless communications to your next project.


  • Low cost, low-power point-to-multipoint/peer-to-peer networking
  • Fast 250 kbps RF data rate
  • No configuration needed for out-of-the-box RF communications
  • 128-bit AES encryption
  • DigiMesh 2.4 protocol available with firmware change

More about XBee in the Maker Shed


The XBee adapter kit from the Maker Shed is designed to make adding wireless point-to-point or mesh networking easy. The kit includes a PCB and all components necessary to build the adapter. This kit is really easy to build, even if you’ve never soldered before. The XBee module is not included.


  • Onboard 3.3V regulator to cleanly power your XBee, up to 250mA
  • Level shifting circuitry means that its trivial to connect it to 5V circuitry such as an Arduino without risk of damage
  • Two LEDs, one for activity (RSSI), the other for power (Associate)
  • 10-pin 2mm sockets included to protect the modem and allow easy swapping, upgrading or recycling
  • All the commonly used pins are brought out along the edge, making it easy to breadboard or wire up
  • Specifically created for use with an FTDI cable to connect to a computer via USB.
  • For use with any XBee/Pro pin-compatible module

More about XBee Adapter kit

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  1. I got burnt big time with the first generation of the Xbee with Zigbee fw. The zigbee documentation indicated thousands of rfd could join a coordinator but in implementation we found out the limit was less than 100 rfd nodes. After contacting support we were told they never tested that many nodes and that Gen 2 would fulfill the documentation specs.

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