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AppBee's - Adapter boards for 
Digi's ZigBee RF XBee's

We have discontinued the AppBee XBee adapter boards. For other choices, please visit Parallax selection or other vendors, such as www.sparkfun.com. This page will be left up for reference for a while.

 


63mW XBee-PRO

1mW XBee

Order from
Parallax

The XBee, from Digi International, is a wireless transceiver (modem) using the IEEE 802.15.4 Low-Rate Wireless Personal Area Network protocol (LR-WPAN) for Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) or for mesh networking use ZigBee or DigiMesh  This allows addressable communications between nodes.  Data may be sent to individual nodes (point-to-point), or to all nodes in range (point-to-multipoint) using a broadcast address.  The devices use clear channel assessment (CCA) on a CSMA/CA network which helps ensure devices do not talk-over one another.  In point-to-point communications, error checking, acknowledgements and retries are used to ensure data delivery.  The use of flow control (RTS) helps ensure devices, such as the BASIC Stamp, do not miss incoming data.

These devices are great in wireless sensor & control networks, robotics and for teaching networking!  Use the BASIC Stamp or other microcontrollers, such as the SX, Propeller Chip, Javelin, AVRs, PICs, etc, for networking devices.

Using the BASIC Stamp, code to send data is as simple as:
SEROUT TXpin, 84, [DEC x,CR]
And to accept a byte of data:
SERIN RXpin, 84, [DEC x]
Optionally, the device may be configured to use flow control so the data is buffered, then the BASIC Stamp may use:
SERIN RXpin/RTSpin, 84, [DEC x]

XBee Features 

 

XBee

XBee-PRO

* Range - Indoor

100 ft (30m)

300 ft (100m)

* Range Outdoor

300 ft (100m)

1 mile (1500m)

Transmit Power

0 dBm (1mW)

18 dBm (63mW)

Receiver Sensitivity

-92 dBm

-100 dBm

TX Current

45mA

214mA

RX Current

50mA

55mA

Power-Down (Sleep) Current

<10uA

<10uA

* Ranges are line of sight and height dependent. 

  • IEEE 802.15.4 compliant, Low-Rate Personal Area Networking.
  • Series 2 support DigiMesh and ZigBee mesh networking.
  • 2.4 GHz DSSS (Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum).
  • 250,000 bits per second.
  • Acknowledgement and reties.
  • Addressable, > 65,000 addresses available.
  • Point-to-Point and Point-to-Multipoint (broadcast) messaging.
  • Channel and Network ID selectable for cluster separation.
  • Fully configurable via serial commands.
  • Transparent transmission and reception
  • Flow Control using RTS/CTS.
  • Receiver Signal Strength Indication (RSSI).
  • Free X-CTU interface software.

This new book from McGraw-Hill has a chapter on using the Parallax Propeller with XBee's for wireless networking. It discusses AT and API programming through examples. Through a project a 3-node bot with graphical monitoring is explored.  AppBee boards are used for XBee mounting.

Available though Amazon:
Programming and Customizing the Multicore Propeller.

 

 

 


    

Network Communication Illustrations
Any node can talk to any other. Lines illustrate some examples.


NEW! 

AppBee-Proto-B
Experimenter's Board

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Discontinued

Parts & Board Layout

 

AppBee-Proto-B Experimenter's Board

Use this board with a low-power regulator stand alone to send data automatically or interface to controller. Configuration and use up to the end user.

- Supplied Voltage 3.6 to 12V
- 3.3V On board voltage regulator - 33uA Quiescent Current!
- Area for 9V battery, solder board area - may be cut off if not needed.
- Prop Plug header for configuration changes (cannot update firmware).
- Breadboard pin header (not shown connected)
- Labeled pins.

Order parts with 3.3V regulator installed, or use your own power source and regulator in the solder board area.  The regulator is rated at 200mA (300 mA MAX momentary) - With the XBee Pro's, additional components driven from this regulator is not recommended.

AppBee-MOD

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Discontinued

Parts List

AppBee-Mod (5-12V) is an application interface board that connects to the AppMod dual row 20-pin header of many Parallax BASIC Stamp boards for power and quick communications to the BASIC Stamp.  This board has connections to many I/O features of the XBee to provide greater flexibility.

- On-Board 3.3V regulator and 5V conditioning.
- Supplied power range from 5V to 12V
- Transmit and Receive LEDs
-
Communications with PC directly using the Parallax USB2SER
- 10 Pin header for jumpers to P0-P15 and 20 Pin AppMod Header
- TX, RX
- XBee Reset
- RTS and CTS for flow control
- Receiver Signal Strength Indicator output (RSSI)
- Association Indicator I/O output from XBee (ASSOC)
- Sleep Indicator I/O output from XBee (SLP_I)
- Sleep Request Input to XBee (SLP_R)
- XBee Header allows direct connection to all available XBee I/O if desired.
- Signal conditioning may be required for direct connection to the XBee.
- Accepts the USB2SER to have your PC on the network or use the USB Base Station.

AppBee-SIP

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Discontinued

Parts List

 

 

AppBee-SIP (5-12V) is an application interface board with a 6-pin single row header for easy connection to breadboard and custom printed circuit boards.  This board has only essential connection for power, communications and accessing sleep modes of the XBee, though additional jumpers and circuitry may be used to expand on the provided I/O.  

- On-Board 3.3V regulator and 5V conditioning.
- Supplied power range from 5V to 12V
- Use with 3.3V or 5V signals
- Transmit and Receive LEDs
-
Communications with PC directly using the Parallax PropPlug
- 6 Pin header for power and I/O for breadboard mounting.
- TX, RX
- RTS input to XBee for flow control
- SLP input to XBee for sleep request
- Additional 4-pin header for the PropPlug to have your PC on the network or use the USB  
  Base Station.
- XBee Header allows direct connection to all available XBee I/O if desired.  Signal conditioning may be required for direct connection to the XBee.

AppBee-SIP-LV
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Discontinued

Parts List

 

AppBee-SIP-LV (2.8V-3.4V) is an application interface board with a 6-pin single row header for easy connection to breadboard and custom printed circuit boards.  This board has only essential connection for power, communications and accessing sleep modes of the XBee, though additional jumpers and circuitry may be used to expand on the provided I/O.  This is designed for boards running at 3.3V or in that range.  Do NOT use with 5V devices.

- Supplied voltage range from 2.8V to 3.4V
- Transmit and Receive LEDs

- 6 Pin header for power and I/O for breadboard mounting.
- TX, RX
- RTS input to XBee for flow control
- SLP input to XBee for sleep request
- XBee Header allows direct connection to all available XBee I/O if desired.
- PropPlug and USB2SER from Parallax may be used for direct PC communications via 
  your breadboard.

Note: Documentation not yet updated for this board.

AppBee-Proto

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Mounted with standard pin male and
10-pin PCB header

Discontinued

Parts List (same as SIP_LV)

AppBee-Proto (2.8-3.4V) 

- Supplied voltage range from 2.8 to 3.4V.
- Pinned for the Propeller Proto Board headers.
- Hardwired connections for TX, RX, Vdd and Vss.
- Jumper holes for other XBee I/O.
- Ships with: Red and Green LED, 2mm XBee headers, 2-100 ohm resistors,
  10uF cap, 10-pin right angle male.
- Use the supplied header or use an AppMod or other 0.1" header. The board has a 2-row  
  0.1" solder holes for 20-pin headers.
- PropPlug and USB2SER from Parallax may be used for direct PC communications via 
  your breadboard/solder board.


Note: Documentation not yet updated for this board.

 


XBee and XBee-PRO are registered trademarks of Digi International
BASIC Stamp and USB2SER are trademarks of Parallax, Inc.

 

 
 

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