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.