This is cool! Now to think about what we might do with it.

Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) today introduced the XBee® Wi-Fi, an embedded module that enables industry leading low power, serial-to-Wi-Fi networking in the popular XBee form factor.  Because of the XBee’s common footprint and application programming interface (API), customers can now create a single board design for wireless products that supports 802.15.4, ZigBee, ZigBee Smart Energy, 2.4 GHz, 900 and 868 MHz, Wi-Fi and proprietary DigiMesh protocols.  

“XBee modules offer developers tremendous flexibility and are extremely easy to use,” said Larry Kraft, senior vice president of global sales and marketing, Digi International.  “By adding a low-power Wi-Fi module to the XBee product family we give customers the fastest and most flexible way to get Wi-Fi up and running on their systems.”

Ideal for energy management, wireless sensor networks and intelligent asset management, the XBee Wi-Fi offers 802.11 b/g/n networking and flexible SPI and UART serial interfaces. Because the module includes the 802.11 b/g/n physical layer, baseband MAC and TCP/IP stack, developers can add Wi-Fi to their products simply by connecting to the XBee Wi-Fi’s serial port.  The XBee Wi-Fi is fully tested at manufacture and comes with modular certification for the U.S., E.U., Canada and a number of other countries, further reducing the time to market, development expense and design complexity.


Via Adafruit

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Comment by Hai Tran on July 30, 2011 at 10:10pm
So the question is how can we use this for Apm and Ac2?
Comment by agmatthews on July 30, 2011 at 11:56pm
Seeedstudios has a range of "bees" including a wifi bee that includes it's own atmega328
All sorts of possibilities
Comment by ionut on July 31, 2011 at 3:23am
You can use it to send live video stream at HD
Comment by Björn Geir Leifsson on July 31, 2011 at 5:52am

live HD video stream!!! a dream come true? 


Any idea what range might be expected

Comment by Bart on July 31, 2011 at 6:17am
Cool. Will have to get one once released and integrate with copter-gcs. Would make a good fit and easily integrated With the software. Any word on expected price? Can I assume its usable with just one module and a phone?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on July 31, 2011 at 6:41am
Bjorn: I suspect the range will be no better than usual WiFi, so not a great solution for fixed-wing UAV/FPV use. But could work for multicopters.
Comment by Björn Geir Leifsson on July 31, 2011 at 7:20am
Chris, for my "LEITS - Loitering-eye-in-the-sky" project (still conceptual) it may be a great thing. The idea is to build a stable multi-rotor HD video camera platform with an HD real-time downlink monitoring and supporting search parties.
The SeedStudio WiFi Bee seems to be an unfinished product entirely lacking firmware and support. Does it not fit into the DIYDrones concept to develop a WiFi data and video link system?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on July 31, 2011 at 7:33am
Bjorn: that sounds cool. We've got a bunch of wireless projects in the pipeline already, so we're going to focus on finishing them first. But I can certainly see the appeal of WiFi for shorter range stuff.
Comment by Ritchie on July 31, 2011 at 8:42am
Yet another fun thing to try.

Comment by Sandro Benigno on July 31, 2011 at 10:11am

Now I just want to know if it has the "Ad hoc" mode.
It would be really fine as a GCS bridge to cellphones and tablets.


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