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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.

Features

  • 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

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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.

Features

  • 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

Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.


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  1. Shaun says:

    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.