XBee + Arduino Project
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XBee + Arduino Project

by crown on Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:29 am

Hi there. I'm a rookie when it comes to these projects, but I'm looking to build a simple device that uses Zigbee to talk to a server. I've never used either an arduino nor zigbee before, but think that I can figure it out when I have the parts. The first step though is understanding what I need to purchase. There are a lot of options. Can someone please point me to what is necessary in terms of the arduino, the zigbee module, adapters, and any sensors? Thanks much.
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Re: XBee + Arduino Project

by adafruit_support_bill on Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:46 am

From what you describe, you should start with the following:

2x XBee modules. Series 1 are easiest to work with. If you need longer range go with the XBee Pro.
1x USB XBee Adapter - to connect to the PC
1x XBee Adapter Kit
1x Arduino - The UNO is a good one to start with.

Sensors? That depends on what you want to do with them. We have a wide range of different sensor types: http://www.adafruit.com/category/35
The Sensor Pack is a good assortment to start experimenting with: http://www.adafruit.com/products/176

You might want to start by reading through our XBee tutorial: http://www.ladyada.net/make/xbee/index.html
There is also an outstanding book on the subject: Building Wireless Sensor Networks by Rob Faludi
http://www.adafruit.com/products/963
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Re: XBee + Arduino Project

by crown on Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:14 pm

Oh, you're fantastic. I'll go through the tutorial later today, but with regards to your product recommendations, why '2x XBee modules'? Or do you mean that the Kit and the Adapter are the 2?
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Re: XBee + Arduino Project

by adafruit_support_bill on Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:20 pm

The USB adapter and the adapter kit don't include the XBee modules. You need to buy the 2 modules separately.
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