I need to buy a Zigbee Module for my Arduino. Actually i want to do something like this.
I want to connect Zigbee Module with my Arduino and then wanna read values from Zigbee Sensor placed at some 100m distance from Arduino+Zigbee Module.
I have searched the internet but i am a little confused about what to buy?
Basically i need a Zigbee Host which can connect to Arduino and a Zigbee sensor which can read Temperature or a Zigbee Accelerometer may be and send that value to Zigbee Host connected to Arduino.
XBee modules should work in your application. A temperature sensor can be connected
directly to a standalone XBee. The XBee can be programmed to periodically send
measurement data to the Arduino+XBee board.
I make an Arduino compatible board with an integrated XBee. See Loading... for more information.
ZigBees are radios. The can collect some data from sensors attached to them, and transmit it. They can use some data received to control some devices.
There are no Zigbee Sensors or Zigbee Accelerometers.
For point-to-point use, the Series 1 radios are the easiest to set up and use.
Get one of these:
to attach to a breadboard, to facilitate connecting the sensors to the ZigBee.
Get one of these:
to connect to a computer. Better yet, get two of them.
Get the two ZigBees talking to each other, first. Configure the analog and/or digital pins you will be using, on one of the ZigBees.
When they talk to each other, move that ZigBees to the breadboard, and connect the sensors. When the ZigBees communicate sensor data, then the second ZigBee can be connected to the ZigBee shield on the Arduino.
Thanks for the reply, those links were really helpful.
Ya i want to get the temperature as my first Zigbee Project and then i wanna do wireless communication using Zigbee with my Arduino, so that i can send a signal to my Zigbee+Arduino from some other Zigbee Module may be another Zigbee+Arduino. Will the above items serve this purpose also?
Yes. The advantage of the ZigBee+Arduino on both ends is that it is much easier to trouble shoot. With a ZigBee + battery + sensor setup (without the Arduino), you have no way to determine the source of the problem, if it doesn't work perfectly the first time.
Once you get the ZigBee + Arduino + sensor setup working, you could change the ZigBee configuration to get the sensor value directly, and send it. Then, you can remove the Arduino, and replace it with just a power supply (batteries), if you want to.
Thanks for the replies. Yes i have gone through that URL you provided, but first up i want to know if my understanding is correct or not? If i can do the stuff i want using Arduino + Zigbee then i really wanna go with that as i have done a few projects with Arduino already