I have just put together Sparkfuns xbees wireless communicates kit together and I can't get it to talk with my arduino board through the Arduino Comply software! Plus I have a question if you unplug the arduino board does it loose the code that was uploaded to it?
Thank you in advance for any help!
No, it does not loose the code that was uploaded to it as it is stored in non-volatile memory. However you cannot download the code to see what was stored in its memory.
What version of the Xbee do you have? You should really use the Xbee 1s as they do point to point. The Zigbee are mesh style and harder to make work correctly unless you really know what you are doing.
I am using the XBee S1 chips. Just every time I get the info sent to the computer but I can't upload new code to the Arduino. It says that I time-out! I have to plug it in and switch it to uart to upload then switch back! So I have to only talking one way right now!
Did you use XCTU to configure the Xbee chips? https://sites.google.com/site/xbeetutorial/xctu Make sure that you can send characters back and forth using the terminal after you configure them. They should work fine with the Arduino. Choosing the correct firmware can make a difference if you continue to have issues.
I have a Mac so that Program will not work!
I use a Mac too... use this Java variant of XCTU to manually enter the necessary commands.
You MUST use the correct firmware so I recommend borrowing a windows machine for a few hours or install a VM
Worst case a VM or maybe even a port of Wine
From one shadow guy to another, welocme to the group. I noticed you're using some pretty non-standard equipment. i've gotta tell you- upgrade to APM 2.5, and get the 3DR radios. It's such a hassle-free setup. And in my opinion, APM planner (for windows) is the closest thing to the shadow VCS out of all the ground stations out there.
I've been working with APM for a couple of years now, so I'll be glad to help you out if I can.