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XBee sleeping

Clearly saving battery power means getting the XBee radio to sleep at the behest of the Arduino. This turns out to be fairly simple, but does require modifying the XBee shield slightly.

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Issuing AT commands

Controlling the XBee requires issuing AT commands. The XBee library has the low-level machinery to do this.

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Basic power measurements

Some initial measurements of power consumption.

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Radio survey

A simple radio survey establishes the ranges that the radios can manage.

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API communications now working

A small sensor network now working, with two edge devices talking to a base station.

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The xbee-arduino library

A library for using XBee radios with Arduinos.

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XBee firmware management with X-CTU

Managing Digi’s XBee radio modules requires using their X-CTU package to upload the correct firmware. In this post we explain how.

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XBee radios

The XBee is a series of small radio modules that implement the Zigbee protocol and work well with Arduinos.

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