Hello! I'm on a farm and we have a few greenhouses that would be nice to have sensors on. I found out about xbee's on here and I'd like to play around with them but I'm having trouble finding out what I need to order exactly. All together, I would want to sense and log data from 3 different greenhouses and two areas outdoors, all within a mile.
I was going to use this http://www.sparkfun.com/products/8767 but I think that I need something to hook it up too for power at least, because this looks like just a chip.
I found this, which might be what I'm looking for http://www.digi.com/products/wireless-modems-peripherals/wireless-range-extenders-peripherals/xbee-sensors.jsp#overview but the range is no good.
Any suggestions? Also, since all of this is radio, wouldn't I need some kind of receiver near my computer?
Any help would be appreciated so I kind at least order the right stuff right now (I'll probably start with one sensor and see how I do, adding more later). I have some programming background and have messed around with arduinos so I'm hoping that I'll be able to figure this project out as I go along.