New in the DIY Drones store: the ultimate Xbee adapter

I know, it's been messy. One Xbee adapter for the ground, another for the air. Why can't one Xbee adapter do it all? Now it can! Jordi's really outdone himself on this one. The newest addition to the DIY Drones store: the ultimate all-in-one Xbee adpater--just $24.95. From the product description:


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This is the most advanced and competitive XBee interface board you will find! It's breadboard compatible, has 4 status LED's (one selectable to display ASC or RSSI), built-in 3.3V power regulator, configuration solder jumpers and an unique feature that allows you set the device as Master or Slave FTDI mode with a simple slide of a switch!

In master mode you will be able to attach any USB FTDI cable/board and send/receive data like the rest of the average XBee adapters do (normal use mode), but if you slide the switch to "Slave mode" you will be able to attach the XtreamBee to any FTDI compatible device, like Arduinos, ArduIMU and Ardupilot's. So you only need two XtreamBee's, one master and other slave to create a both-ways wireless FTDI communication (or one XtreamBee set in "Slave Mode", if you already have another third party XBee adapter). You can even tweak the board to "wirelessly" emulate CTS and RTS signals. This board was under development for about 1 and 1/2 years! But finally after many failures I made it work with cheap/passive components. Great isn't it?

For more information please click here.

Features
-Includes 2 x 2mm female receptor headers to correctly place the XBee module.
-Includes 1 x right angle 6 position male pin headers.
-3.3V regulator build-in.
-ON Led, Tx/Rx Led's, ASC and RSSI Led (Jumper selectable).
-Master/Slave selector
-Solder jumper allow you to supply the board directly with 3.3V (Only recommended in Slave Mode).
-Breadboard compatible!
-Screw holes for easy mounting. "

(Xbee module not included)

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Comment by Mark Colwell on June 29, 2010 at 6:24pm
No Xbee included :(....

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Comment by Chris Anderson on June 29, 2010 at 6:29pm
@Mark: ??? Xbee modules cost $38 each. This board costs $24.95...As we said in the listing, it just an adapter board--the best one on the market. But you still need the Xbee module of your choice to work with it.

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Comment by Jani Hirvinen on June 29, 2010 at 6:45pm
Now that's sweeeet, having even those mounting holes that I have been missing on ladyada's adapters.
Comment by Ron Jacobs on June 29, 2010 at 8:12pm
Great work Jordi,

You should use the work "inexpensive" instead of "cheap" though...I think we all you strive for the best quality and price balance not the "cheapest cost" for profit margin.

Again, great work.
Comment by microuav on June 29, 2010 at 11:35pm
I have a 3V FTDI cable and a Xbee pro. Can I also use it for this combination? Xbee pro ask more power if I`m not mistaken.
Comment by James Turner on June 30, 2010 at 7:34am
Very nice, besides the LED, Does the RSSI come out at any of the pins ? is it 868 pro compatible (I ask because I've never used any master/slave settings)?
Comment by space_nut on June 30, 2010 at 9:55am
This looks awsome! So much more bang for the buck than Adafruit or Lilypad

Does it break out any digital ports e.g. for doing a transparent digital link. I've wanted to try this for a servo signal..
Comment by Doug Erickson on June 30, 2010 at 2:21pm
@Chris: Does the statement "You can even tweak the board to "wirelessly" emulate CTS and RTS signals." mean that wireless programming is achievable? What's the tweak?

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Comment by Jordi Muñoz on June 30, 2010 at 3:42pm
@Doug, Yes wireless programming is achievable... Please read all the information provided on the product listing, It will point you to a detailed instructions of how to hack it.
Comment by Doug Erickson on June 30, 2010 at 3:44pm
@Jordi: Yeah baby! Hey, it's been a long while and I haven't kept up. Hope you guys are happy and healthy and still having loads of fun. Thanks Jordi.

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