Standalone radios simplify ZigBee network connection - Embedded.com

Standalone radios simplify ZigBee network connection

Adding more flexibility to the line of products supporting the ZigBee and 802.15.4 standards, MaxStream has released standalone radios that allow for quick connections to both RS-232 and USB enabled devices. The XBee-PRO radio is completely compatible with networks operating on XBee and XBee-PRO technology and includes a durable aluminum housing, a 2.1-dBi dipole antenna, and either an RS-232 or a USB connection.

The 2.4 GHz XBee-PRO standalone radio features a 100-mW RF module, which can transmit up to 0.9 miles (1.4 km) in line-of-sight conditions. Communicating at up to 250 kbits/s, the XBee-PRO is ZigBee-ready and will be upgradeable to the latest ZigBee compliant networking protocol as it becomes available.

Both the RS-232 and USB radios (part numbers XBP24-PKC-R and XBP24-PKC-U) are now available for $99 each. For more information, contact MaxStream at www.maxstream.net. Additional information about the ZigBee standard can be found at wwww.zigbee.org.

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