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  • Trying to use an XBee Explorer and Shield boards but in the Exploring XBees and XCTU tutorial it states the following: "Special Considerations for XBee XSC Modules! For those using an XBee XSC series, the pinout is slightly different in the XBee family. Pin 6 on the XBee XSC series uses it as a configuration pin, instead of having an RSSI pin on pin 6 like most XBees. For standard serial UART pass-through uses, this module can be mounted to one of our XBee Explorer boards with a small adjustment. For the explorer's, locate the RSSI jumper on the back, and cut the trace between the pads with a hobby knife. For the XBee shield, simply disconnect the resistor or LED next to the RSSI pin using a soldering iron."

    However in the current DIGI manual for the XBee-PRO 900HP/XSC RF Modules S3 and S3B it shows Pin 6 DIO10/PWM0 as GPIO/RX signal strength indicator and Pin 3 DIN/CONFIG /DIO14 as Input GPIO/UART data in.

    Before I start cutting or disconnecting could someone please clarify what is actually needed here.

  • I tried this, but XCTU wouldn't talk to my XBees because their firmware was too old. The fix was to go ahead and follow the dialog to update the firmware profiles in XCTU and select the "legacy" option. Then it recognized the 10E6 firmware (from 2009) and I was able to update to the current version and proceed.

  • Hello. I have 3 modules XBee series 1 (XB24-AWI-001, not PRO). I need build ZigBee network with help this modules. Can I do it?

    I`m trying "recover" firmware XB24-ZB "End device" or "ZigBee Coordinator API", but it failed: it does not find a active bootloader. How can I build mesh network on XBee series 1 (not PRO)? If it possible. Can I program the module to do a several code? For example, read temperature from sensor and sent it over-on-air to second module.

    Please, help me.

    Thank you)

  • Hi! I need your help It's first time I'm using the xbee and x ctu I have 2 xbees and 2 shield for arduino but I don't have xbee explorer Do I have to buy xbee explorer for connecting to computer or can I use xbee shield instead?

    • The XBee shield connects the TX line of the XBee to the RX line of the Arduino which is basically connected to the computer's TX. In other words TX is connected to TX and RX to RX meaning this configuration will not work for connecting the XBee to the computer. The XBee Explorer USB boards were designed specifically for this purpose. In a pinch you can probably hack the XBee shield to work, but it was not designed for this.

  • Help! I'm configuring my ZigBee S2 (product family XB24-ZB, firmware 22A7) just fine, but DIO8 and DIO9 are missing from config list. I cannot find them anywhere. How do I configure these pins? The "I/O Settings" sections only lists DIO0-DIO5, then DIO10-DIO12. I found DIO6 & DIO7 in another list (Serial Intefacing), but it looks like DIO8 and DIO9 are completely unavailable? I've checked every drop-down item in the setup lists. Why even have them if I cannot configure them? Has anyone been able to use every digital pin of a ZigBee S2?

  • -------------------- Tech Support Tips/Troubleshooting/Common Issues --------------------

    If you keep seeing the window that asks you to reset the XBee in XCTU, make sure you have the most up to date FTDI drivers installed on your computer and you are connected to the correct COM port.

    Common Troubleshooting Techniques

    Here are some more things to look out for when troubleshooting your XBee:

    Common XBee Mistakes http://www.faludi.com/projects/common-xbee-mistakes/


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