Section 1: XBee Hardware

This section focuses on establishing an understanding of the types of XBee modules and their hardware

Do EACH of the following and submit to your instructor:

  1. Describe the general idea behind producing a wireless data connection between two devices
  2. Identify and describe the differences between the series 1 & 2 XBee modules
  3. Identify and describe the differences between the low-power and PRO modules
  4. Identify and describe the available antenna options and their individual benefits
  5. Identify and describe the methods for configuring a module
    1. Be sure to include the use of X-CTU and an explanation of the AT command set

Do EACH of the following and submit to your instructor:

  1. Identify and describe XBee's operating voltage
    1. Describe why this voltage is important to know when interfacing with devices, such as Arduino
    2. Identify and describe a method for interfacing an XBee with a microcontroller, such as Arduino
  2. Identify and describe the issues concerning sharing serial TX/RX lines between your microcontroller and other devices (i.e. the problem with Arduino sharing TX/RX lines with the USB to Serial converter and an XBee)
This guide was first published on Jul 17, 2013. It was last updated on Jul 17, 2013. This page (Section 1: XBee Hardware) was last updated on Jul 21, 2019.