I am having trouble establishing a connection between the XBee Series 1 and my computer.
Here are the steps I took:
I soldered/assembled the adapter and affixed the XBee module. Using the FTDI cable, I connected it to my computer and established that the green LED was blinking as it should. I disconnected it.
Since I run Linux, I installed Wine on my Ubuntu 11.10 system. Under home/.wine/dosdevices I ran "ln -s /dev/ttyUSB0 COM5", "ln -s /dev/tty USB1 COM6" to link my serial ports (tty) to Windows' COM ports.
From the following link I downloaded the X-CTU installer:
I installed X-CTU using Wine.
I hooked up my XBee module and adapter to the computer again.
When I did "grep USB /var/log/syslog", it showed:
Apr 16 17:35:57 LeNovo kernel: [14071.239717] USB Serial support registered for FTDI USB Serial Device
Apr 16 17:35:57 LeNovo kernel: [14071.240215] ftdi_sio 3-1:1.0: FTDI USB Serial Device converter detected
Apr 16 17:35:57 LeNovo kernel: [14071.243438] usb 3-1: FTDI USB Serial Device converter now attached to ttyUSB0
Apr 16 17:35:57 LeNovo kernel: [14071.243505] ftdi_sio: v1.6.0:USB FTDI Serial Converters Driver
Apr 16 17:35:57 LeNovo modem-manager: <info> (ttyUSB0) opening serial port...
Apr 16 17:36:10 LeNovo modem-manager: <info> (ttyUSB0) closing serial port...
Apr 16 17:36:10 LeNovo modem-manager: <info> (ttyUSB0) serial port closed
Apr 16 17:36:10 LeNovo modem-manager: <info> (ttyUSB0) opening serial port...
Apr 16 17:36:16 LeNovo modem-manager: <info> (ttyUSB0) closing serial port
and it ends with 'serial port closed' -- that is, it opens and closes it twice.
Using the X-CTU software I added the user port COM5 (corresponding to USB0, see above symlinks) but not surprisingly when I ran 'test/query' it was unable to open the COM port (I say 'not surprisingly' given the log results above).
I wonder why the serial port will not stay open?
I don't know if I am on the right track, but after some research I learned that the standard Linux driver for the FTDI chip sets DTR when you open the serial connection. From what I read, the DTR line is normally high in Ubuntu, but normally low in Windows. Following some results in the Ubuntu forum, I used gtkterm to toggle the DTR while I had X-CTU open, but I still was not able to open the COM port.
At this point, suggestions would be appreciated! Thank you.