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arduinopro

Is it possible to use a XBEE to have two arduinos communicate wirelessly? If so which XBEE would be the best to use?

mowcius

That's like saying 'what car should I buy?'.

Yes it is possible and the XBee modules are probably the most popular way to make an arduino system wireless.

What do you want to do with them?
What range?
Do you need a network or just point to point?

Then I might be able to give you an idea of what module to buy.

arduinopro

I just want point to point.
I want it so when I press a button on one arduino the other arduino gets notified to do something.
The range wouldn' t need to be that far but probably around a mile.

mowcius


I just want point to point.
I want it so when I press a button on one arduino the other arduino gets notified to do something.
The range wouldn' t need to be that far but probably around a mile.

Ok, point to point is easy.

A mile is quite a long way - go with the XBee Pro ZB modules - probably with RP-SMA antennas to get maximum range.
With the Pro modules however, the sparkfun breakout boards for example are not really up to the job of controlling them.
Take a look at the adafruit XBee Breakout boards. They should be better but you might want to beef up the 3.3v regulator.

They're easy enough to use and configure with X-CTU, adafruit again has info on this but we/I can help later on with more info.

arduinopro

I'm looking at the XBee Module 802.15.4 protocol - XB24-AWI-001 from adafruit.com. Would I also want to get the XBee Adapter Kit from adafruit also and get one for both arduino's. Thanks

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