XBEE EXPLORER USB CP2102 BASED.
Welcome to the wireless world of XBee. Maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe you haven’t, either way you are in for a fun ride. XBees are tiny blue chips that can communicate wirelessly with each other. XBees are hugely popular wireless transceivers for a number of reasons. They’re flexible – they send and receive data over a serial port, which means they’re compatible with both computers and microcontrollers (like Arduino). And they’re highly configurable – you can have meshed networks with dozens of XBees, or just a pair swapping data. You can use them to remotely control your robot, or arrange them all over your house to monitor temperatures or lighting conditions in every room.
With an XBee Explorer connected between your computer and your XBee, and with the help of the X-CTU software, you can easily configure XBees, test connections, and pass data between your computer and remote XBees
XBees are really only useful if you have at least a pair of them. They need buddies to talk to! Hence, there’s a lot of “2x” in this list of materials:
2x XBees– XBees exist in a variety of series,frequencies, and ranges. If you’re just getting started with XBee, we highly recommend going with Series 1 models – either with a trace antenna, wire antenna or u.fl connector.2x Explorers – either the Explorer USB. These boards act as an interface between your computer and an XBee. They’re used to configure your XBee and pass data to and from your computer. At least one computer with X-CTU installed. The latest version of X-CTU is available for both Mac and Windows.
Compatible with all XBee modules (Series 1 and Series 2.5, standard and Pro)
Built in 3V3 Voltage regulator
Onboard 3V3 to 5V level converter (easy to interface 5V Devices)
Status LEDs (Power)
XBee Pins available at 2.54mm berg strip
This is a simple to use, USB to serial base unit for the XBee line. This unit works with all XBee modules including the Series 1 and Series 2.5, standard and Pro version. XBee Explorer Regulated with 3v3 to 5V Converter takes care of the 3.3V regulation, 3V3 to 5V level conversion, signal conditioning, and basic activity indicators (Power activity LEDs).
Plug an XBee into this breakout and you will have direct access to the serial and programming pins on the XBee unit and will be able to power the XBee with 5V.