XBee Radio

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PREPARATION

• 2 Basic XBee Modules 1mW Wire Antenna (XB24-AWI-001)

• 1 XBee Explorer USB board (SparkFun)

• 11 XBee Explorer Regulated (SparkFun)

• 1 USB-mini cable

• Terminal Program (Roger Meier’s CoolTerm)

XBee Configuration Tutorial 

Jie Qi from High-Low Tech Group at the MIT Media Lab has a great tutorial on XBee radio communication. Rather than using Processing for talking with your XBee, we’ll introduce a simple way to configure your first XBee radio.

1) Download and install FTDI drivers to use the XBee Explorer.

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2) Download CoolTerm by Roger Meier. Before opening CoolTerm, connect your XBee Explorer to the USB port with your first XBee attached.

3) After opening CoolTerm app click “options”

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4) In the Port section under Serial Port, make sure you select “usbserial-……” Click Re-Scan Serial Ports if the usbserial.. port is not available.

5) Select “Terminal.” Make sure Local Echo is selected.

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6) Click “Connect” on the top portion of the bar. Type the following marked with red arrow. Hit enter each time you type a row. The system will respond back accordingly. Please visit the resources link for more detail.

e.g. +++ (return)  / OK

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7) Click “Disconnect” on the top portion of the bar. Detach the XBee Explorer USB port and replace the first XBee with the second one.

8) Once the second XBee is connected to the XBEE Explorer, attach the USB port to the computer and go through the same process; hit “connect” and type the following:

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Congratulations! Now your XBee modules are paired!

 

Resources

Configuration

http://examples.digi.com/get-started/basic-xbee-802-15-4-chat/3/

http://fab.cba.mit.edu/classes/MIT/863.10/people/jie.qi/xbee_tut.html

Explorations

http://examples.digi.com/sensors/802-15-4-analog-input-with-a-potentiometer/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tb5k2fnpNPU

http://www.tigoe.com/pcomp/code/Processing/7/

https://github.com/tigoe/MakingThingsTalk2/blob/master/chapter6/project10/XbeeAnalogDuplex/XbeeAnalogDuplex.ino

Books

Making Things Talk

Building Wireless Sensor Networks

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