From Rob Faludi’s blog:
Connecting your XBee to the Internet just got simple. The new XBee Internet Gateway v1.5 runs directly on Windows, Macintosh and Linux computers! All you need is a single XBee with USB adaptor to put entire XBee networks online. With the XIG, you can turn any XBee into an Internet sensor module, create web-controlled motors , online indicator lights, and stream online data to and from any Arduino. Both 802.15.4 (Series 1) and ZigBee (Series 2) XBees are supported. You could create giant sensor networks, analyze and control distant equipment, scrape gossip from Facebook or simply flip switches in your own home!
The XBee Internet Gateway is a free, open-source project written in Python. It was initiated by Rob Faludi and extended by Jordan Husney, Ted Hayes, Tom Collins, Michael Sutherland and other generous contributors.
More info here.
We’re excited to announce Digi’s first ever XBee Knowledge Forum live on Google+ Hangouts On Air. XBee experts, Rob Faludi and Jordan Husney, will cover the history and capabilities of XBee, show you some amazing XBee projects and, most importantly, answer your questions!
What/Hangout Name: XBee Knowledge Forum
When: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 2:00-3:00pm EST
How to Join Us:
On July 11, we’ll live stream the event here on the iDigi Blog
Better yet, take part in the action by joining through Google+
Add us to your calendar and come with questions in mind.
Digi International released the XBee 868LP, Europe’s first multi-channel 868 MHz wireless module with Listen Before Talk (LBT) and Adaptive Frequency Agility (AFA) technology allowing it to automatically change channels if interference is detected. The low cost, low-power module is based on Analog Device’s ADF7023 transceiver and is ideal for energy management, sensor deployments and other wireless networking applications.
“When numerous 868 MHz devices are running simultaneously, increased risk of radio interference exists,” said Larry Kraft, senior vice president of global sales and marketing, Digi International. “With the XBee 868LP, you don’t have to wait for someone to change channels when interference is detected. The XBee 868LP automatically finds the best channel to improve network performance.”
“Digi is a leading developer of wireless modules, and we are excited to work with Digi in bringing this solution to market,” said John Greichen, product line director, RF Group, Analog Devices. “Our ADF7023 RF transceiver provides best-in-class interference blocking, sensitivity performance and low current consumption to ensure a strong connection and reliable data transfer.”
The XBee 868 LP features 30 channels for additional interference immunity. It operates in the 863 – 870 MHz range and offers low power consumption drawing less than 2uA in sleep mode. The module offers up to four kilometres line-of-sight range and is easy to configure with Digi’s free utility, X-CTU, which reduces development time from months to weeks. The module also supports over the air (OTA) firmware updates, minimizing deployment risks.
Sharing a common hardware footprint, the popular XBee product line offers developers tremendous flexibility and is extremely easy to use. Pin-compatible and interchangeable multi-channel XBee’s are available for global deployments, including a 2.4GHz version for the U.S. and Australia and an 865 MHz module for India. A 900 MHz version will be available in Q3 2012.
The XBee 868LP module is available now for less than $15 in 10,000 quantities. Development kits are available starting at $199 per kit. For more information, visit www.digi.com/xbee868lp.
Italian company “moltosenso” has released a free, cross-platform software that allows you to configure all the parameters of your XBee modules.
From the website:
moltosenso Network Manager™ IRON is the cross-platform answer for the users of Digi International® X-CTU™.
The same functionalities are now available on Microsoft Windows®, Linux® and Mac OS X™ operating systems.
Thanks to a snappy and totally free GUI, moltosenso Network Manager™ IRON is able to grant:
- get/set of the parameters of Digi International® modules plugged to the PC, both in API and AT mode;
- get/set of the parameters of Digi International® modules remotely addressable;
- an effective graphic test for RSSI parameter, especially tailored for XBEE™ modules;
- firmware upload (local and – where available – remote) for many supported Digi International® modules.
Download it and enjoy it!
Digi International today introduced the XBee Wi-Fi, an embedded module that enables industry leading low power, serial-to-Wi-Fi networking in the popular XBee form factor. Because of the XBee’s common footprint and application programming interface (API), customers can now create a single board design for wireless products that supports 802.15.4, ZigBee, ZigBee Smart Energy, 2.4 GHz, 900 and 868 MHz, Wi-Fi and proprietary DigiMesh protocols.
“XBee modules offer developers tremendous flexibility and are extremely easy to use,” said Larry Kraft, senior vice president of global sales and marketing, Digi International. “By adding a low-power Wi-Fi module to the XBee product family we give customers the fastest and most flexible way to get Wi-Fi up and running on their systems.”
Ideal for energy management, wireless sensor networks and intelligent asset management, the XBee Wi-Fi offers 802.11 b/g/n networking and flexible SPI and UART serial interfaces. Because the module includes the 802.11 b/g/n physical layer, baseband MAC and TCP/IP stack, developers can add Wi-Fi to their products simply by connecting to the XBee Wi-Fi’s serial port. The XBee Wi-Fi is fully tested at manufacture and comes with modular certification for the U.S., E.U., Canada and a number of other countries, further reducing the time to market, development expense and design complexity.
XBee Wi-Fi development kits are available now for $149.
More information about the XBee Wi-Fi here.
Are you using an XBee module and having trouble setting up your network? Then check out Rob Faludi’s great Common XBee mistakes list here.
An interesting blog entry about power consumption of an Arduino Mini Pro board with and without Xbee card can be found here. The conclusion is that if node is powered up only 3 seconds every 5 minutes, then a 220mAh 3V button cell battery should last around 13 days.