XBee Pro and Arduino

Hi everybody,

this is more a Libelium question, but I couldn't find any info on their wiki or product pages, so I'm trying here.

I'd like to use an XBee Pro instead of a regular XBee with an Arduino Diecimila to get a longer range. Is it possible to just swap the Xbee part for the Pro part on the regular Arduino XBee shield? There seems to be not shield with the Pro preinstalled. Do I have any other options?


AFAIK, you can just swap an XBee for an XBee Pro, because they're pin-compatible. But don't take my word for it!

If you're willing to do some soldering, I found a supplier for an XBee Shield Kit without the XBee. At $12, it's much cheaper than buying the preassembled shield + XBee from SparkFun or something. You can find it here: http://www.nkcelectronics.com/freeduino-arduino-xbee-shield-kit.html

If you're set on going Pro, you might want to wait until MaxStream releases a Series 2 version of the XBee Pro, which will include a new chipset with true mesh networking capabilities and a very similar command set (I think). Here's the MaxStream website: http://www.maxstream.net/

Are you going to use an XBee with your computer, too? You might be interested in this: http://tinyurl.com/2uo3fp

Hope that helps! :)

Thanks! I'm goign to wait for the series 2 pro, probably.