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the limits they mention apply if you're using the on-board regulator(s)
you can just feed 5 volts regulated directly into Vin

Wrong, Vin just feeds to the INPUT of the on-board 5vdc regulator. You can of course feed a regulated +5vdc to the shield +5vdc pin.

looks like I may be going the higher voltage route after all smiley

I want to keep running at 16 MHz, hadn't spotted that part!
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oops
that is in fact what I meant
it was ok when it left my brain
got distorted once it reached the fingers!

thanks!
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Back on topic, I finally got my seeeduino project taking to the IDE using a pair of wixels.
I followed the user guide (shock horror) and downloaded wireless app 1.3 shield version.
I did have to change the default baud rate to 57600

I also found that a steady red LED seems to keen low voltage AKA time to change the batteries

Onwards and upwards!

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That is so cool. I have been very tempted to buy a pair of Wixel. The ability to easily change from a IDE to arduino board so that one can upload new sketches wirelessly, or to reconfigure them as a simple arduino to arduino wireless link is sure attractive. I just wish the range was a bit more then 50ft, however maybe they are rating that conservatively?

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@ lefty,

buy two pair of wixels and maybe you can build yourself some repeaters ... ?
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I just wish the range was a bit more then 50ft, however maybe they are rating that conservatively?
It's hard to give an exact range because it is affected by a number of variables, including intermediate objects, Wixel orientation (a Wixel sitting flush against a surface might have a slightly different range than if it is a few inches above that surface), and even unit-to-unit variation.  The 50-foot range is meant to be a rough estimate of the range at which a reasonable data rate is still achievable in a typical (somewhat RF-noisy) indoor environment, where the Wixels several rooms apart with a few walls between them.  We tried a pair outside with direct line of sight and were able to achieve good wireless serial communication out to approximately 200 feet, but I don't have any sense for how much this line-of-sight range might vary from unit to unit, so please don't treat this as an official spec.

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my work station (ok the place where I spent all day slumped over the lap-dancer) is electrically very noisy
laptop
wireless mouse
fast wireless router
bluetooth printer
couple of mobile phones
land line (wireless of course)

my new shiny project works fine with the tethered end in the middle of the mess described above and the "works" in the next room (through a brick wall into another room with mobiles and wirleess handsets)
only 10' or so (ok I couldn't b *rsed to walk any further), but noisy as hell
so two thumbs up from me

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