Experiment 1

Introduction to the X-CTU Software

Requirements

1 XBee module

1 USB-to-XBee adapter (see text)

1 USB cable—type-A to mini-B

Digi X-CTU software running on a Windows PC, with an open USB port

Introduction

In this short experiment you will learn how to use the Digi International X-CTU software to program and control XBee modules. These modules use a simple serial communication protocol that connects them to external devices, such as a PC and microcontroller integrated circuits, through a built-in Universal Asynchronous Receiver Transmitter (UART). The UART in the XBee modules operates by default at 9600 bits/second, which makes it compatible with UARTs in other equipment, thus simplifying communications.

Many XBee commands use ...

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