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Bluetooth or XBEE?
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Bluetooth or XBEE?

by cwc1885 on Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:47 am

We just got a Bluetooth chip to communicate with and Arduino and got TX to an Android.
An ipad could not pick it up but my phone did (Motarola Quantico - no app here)
Anyway.

I've been told Zigbee is the next wave of communication and is better than Bluetooth.
I notice the Xbee devices on Adafurit by frowned at the cost. We can find Bluetooth adapters for
Arduino for about $10

I'd appreciate some feedback.
I have no idea which would be a better route to follow for wireless communications to an Arduino?

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Re: Bluetooth or XBEE?

by adafruit_support_bill on Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:51 am

Bluetooth uses a 1:1 master/slave pairing and the range is relatively limited. XBee modules can be set up for multi-way peer-peer, or even mesh networking. And the range is considerably longer than bluetooth - especially with the Pro models.

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Re: Bluetooth or XBEE?

by cwc1885 on Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:01 am

adafruit_support wrote:Bluetooth uses a 1:1 master/slave pairing and the range is relatively limited. XBee modules can be set up for multi-way peer-peer, or even mesh networking. And the range is considerably longer than bluetooth - especially with the Pro models.


Thank you so much. Now :) I really am asking to be spoon fed on this one.
What do I need for a client host set up with an adruino?

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Re: Bluetooth or XBEE?

by adafruit_support_bill on Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:28 am

What do I need for a client host set up with an adruino?

Client host as in Arduino to PC? For that you would need:

2 XBee modules (I'd recommend Series 1 since they are easier to configure)
1 XBee Adapter Kit.
1 USB XBee Adapter kit (or another XBee Adapter Kit and an FTDI cable to connect to the PC)
Some hook-up wire to connect the adapter to the Arduino.

https://www.adafruit.com/index.php?main ... rch&q=xbee

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