XBee Pro 60mW Wire Antenna (802.15.4) Data Transmission Module Communication Modules Sparkfun Imported-Series 1
This is the very popular 2.4GHz XBee XBP24-AWI-001 module from Digi. The Pro series have the same pinout and command set of the basic series with an increase output power of 60mW! These modules take the 802.15.4 stack (the basis for Zigbee) and wrap it into a simple to use serial command set. These modules allow a very reliable and simple communication between microcontrollers, computers, systems, really anything with a serial port! Point to point and multi-point networks are supported.
If you are using these outside of the United States, please check with your local laws regarding radio communication.
3.3V @ 215mA
250kbps Max data rate
60mW output (+18dBm)
1 mile (1500m) range
Fully FCC certified
6 10-bit ADC input pins
8 digital IO pins
Local or over-air configuration
AT or API command set
XBee 2mW Wire Antenna-Series2
XBee Pro 60mW Wire Antenna-Series1
XBee – According to Digi “XBee modules are embedded solutions providing wireless end-point connectivity to devices. These modules use the IEEE 802.15.4 networking protocol for fast point-to-multipoint or peer-to-peer networking. They are designed for high-throughput applications requiring low latency and predictable communication timing.“ So basically XBee is Digi’s own Zigbee based protocol. In layman’s term they are wicked cool, and fairly easy to use wireless modules.
Zigbee- An alliance and a standard of cost and energy efficient mesh networks. XBee uses the Zigbee standard and adds to it and wraps it up in their own neat little package.