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clippered

hi, i received two breakout boards for both of my xbees, so where do i go from here to use them with the arduinos so that they can communicate with each other? kinda lost here.. i searched around the net and i cant find any tutorials concerning the use of these breakout boards.. pls help.. thanks..
http://www.sgbotic.com/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=66

PaulS

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so where do i go from here to use them with the arduinos so that they can communicate with each other?

What have you done with them? Have you added headers? Have you gotten XBees? What kind? Have you configured them? How? What do you want the XBees to do?

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i searched around the net and i cant find any tutorials concerning the use of these breakout boards.

Probably because there is a non unreasonable expectation that you'd know what to do with them before you bought them. If you are just getting started, they are not the best choice. A shield or a USB Explorer is a much better choice.

draythomp

These breakout boards are mostly designed such that you can plug the XBee into one of those prototype boards so you can experiment.  So, you probably need something like this:

http://www.sgbotic.com/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=1131

See, the XBee's pin spacing is different from the generally used prototype board and the little breakout you got will overcome this problem.  So, once you have one of the breadboards (you may already have one), get some sockets for the XBees and some pins for the breakout:

http://www.sgbotic.com/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=65
http://www.sgbotic.com/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=86

so you can plug the stuff together ,and go for it.

See, once you get the XBee in the socket on the breakout board and the headers plugged into the breadboard, you can connect the XBee to the 3.3V source on the arduino and the XBee Tx and Rx to the arduino and start learning how to use it.

Note, I chose the items from the same site you got the breakout from.  You certainly don't have to get those particular items; shop around for price, delivery and such before you actually buy something.
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mjkzz

This does not seem to be regulated and it does not have level shifter, so just be careful when powering it up, do not use 5V directly . . . also put a resistor in series with DIN/DOUT if you are interfacing with 5V boards, but best way is to do level shifting.
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