XBee Pro 50mW RPSMA - Series 2 (ZigBee Mesh) - Sparkfun part: sku: WRL-10419, can not be used for Two-Way telemetry.
If you are looking for two way telemetry using a pair of this module “XBee XBP24BZ7”, then better do not buy it at all, I purchased one pair and suggesting, based on my findings.
For transparent serial communication between the airplane and the ground station, you need to configure one of the mudule as XBEE COORDINATOR AT" and the other one as “XBEE ROUTER AT”.
The the X-Bee configured as “COORDINATOR AT” will be at the ground station and the other one which is configured as “ROUTER AT” will be in the airplane.
My findings are;
1. The speed of data flow from Rouert AT X-Bee to Coordinator AT X-Bee is very fast and have no issue.
2. The speed of data flow from the Coordinator AT X-Bee to Router AT X-Bee is very very slow and not acceptable.
When I tried to use with APM, It was very very difficult to read and write waypoints from the ground station.
First I suspected if there could be any hardware issue in one of the X-Bee but it was clear when the problem got shifted when I swapped the configuration of the two X-Bees “XBee XBP24BZ7”
I tried on different bauds and even newer and older firmwares of this X-Bee “XBee XBP24BZ7” but same problem.
However there is no such issue in “XBee Pro 60mW Wire Antenna – Series 1 (802.15.4)” sparkfun.com/products/8742
Digi needs to take care of this issue promptly if they really want to keep this product selling.
Recorded video, describing this problem: