Exploring XBees and XCTU

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Resources and Going Further

That should be enough to get you started. If you're looking for more XBee and XBee Shield info, check out these resources:

  • Markdown version of this tutorial
  • XBee Explorer USB
    • Schematic (PDF) -- If you're confused about how parts are interconnected on the breakout, check out this PDF for the USB Explorer.
    • GitHub Repo -- This is where you'll find the latest and greatest PCB design files for the USB Explorer.
  • XBee Explorer Dongle
    • Schematic (PDF) - Schematic for the Dongle board.
    • GitHub Repo -- This repository contains the most up-to-date Dongle PCB design files.
  • XBee Explorer Serial
    • Schematic - Schematic showing the internal connections of the Explorer Serial board.
    • GitHub Repo -- The GitHub repository containing the most up-to-date PCB design files for the XBee Explorer Serial.
  • XBee Wireless Class Materials -- Check out our teaching materials for the XBee class we lead every once-in-a-while.

Or check out some of these links from Digi.

  • Digi Support
  • Resources
    • Examples and Guides - Configure XBee Series 2 (ZigBee protocol) to send data in transparent mode just like a Series 1 (802.15.4 protocol) or control a lamp wirelessly! Check out the examples listed on Digi for more information.
    • Projects Gallery - Check out the 110+ projects in the gallery for some inspiration.
    • XBee Series 1 Manual -- For more advanced users, if you really want to take advantage of the XBee's unique abilities, check out this guide.

With XBee and the XBee Explorer you have most of the tools you'll need to take your project to the airwaves. If you're looking to add Arduino to the mix, we recommend using an XBee Shield and following along with our XBee Shield Hookup Guide.

XBee Shield Hookup Guide

June 5, 2014

How to get started with an XBee Shield and Explorer. Create a remote-control Arduino!

What are you going to make? Need some inspiration? Check out these related tutorials:

  • XBee WiFi Hookup Guide -- Take the next step with XBees, using the XBee WiFi. These modules allow you to connect to a wireless network and give your Arduino Internet access!
  • Simon Splosion Wireless -- This tutorial demonstrates one of many techniques to "hack" the Simon Says -- use XBee's to make the Simon game wireless!
  • Getting Started With the RedBot -- The RedBot is our popular, Arduino-based robot platform. Once you get it rolling, you can take it a step further by controlling it with an XBee!

Simon Splosion Wireless

This is a tutorial demonstrating one of many techniques to "hack" the Simon Says. We will highlight the technique to take your Simon Says Wireless.

Exploring XBees and XCTU

How to set up an XBee using your computer, the X-CTU software, and an XBee Explorer interface board.

XBee3 Thing Plus Hookup Guide

Get started with SparkFun's XBee3 Thing Plus - both the u.FL as well as the PCB antenna versions.

Wireless Gesture Controlled Robot

Control the RedBot wirelessly based on the movement of your hand using an accelerometer, Arduino, and XBees!

Or check out some of these blog posts for ideas: