Description

Get the practical knowledge you need to set up and deploy XBee modules with this hands-on, step-by-step series of experiments

  • The only book to cover XBee in practical fashion; enables you to get up and running quickly with step-by-step tutorials.
  • Provides insight into the product data sheets, saving you time and helping you get straight to the information you need.
  • Includes troubleshooting and testing information, plus downloadable configuration files and fully-documented source code to illustrate and explain operations.

The Hands-on XBee Lab Manual takes the reader through a range of experiments, using a hands-on approach. Each section demonstrates module set up and configuration, explores module functions and capabilities, and, where applicable, introduces the necessary microcontrollers and software to control and communicate with the modules. Experiments cover simple setup of modules, establishing a network of modules, identifying modules in the network, and some sensor-interface designs.

This book explains, in practical terms, the basic capabilities and potential uses of XBee modules, and gives engineers the know-how that they need to apply the technology to their networks and embedded systems.

Jon Titus (KZ1G) is a Freelance technical writer, editor, and designer based in Herriman, Utah, USA and previously editorial director at Test & Measurement World magazine and EDN magazine. Titus is the inventor of the first personal-computer kit, the Mark-8, now in the collection at the Smithsonian Institution.

Key Features

The only book to cover XBee in practical fashion; enables you to get up and running quickly with step-by-step tutorials.

• Provides insight into the product data sheets, saving you time and helping you get straight to the information you need.

• Includes troubleshooting and testing information, plus downloadable configuration files and fully-documented source code to illustrate and explain operations.

Readership

Electrical, electronic, mechanical and mechatronic engineers, plus embedded systems designers and programmers, academics and students, enthusiasts, and entrepreneurs involved with short-range wireless communications, control hardware, and software for XBee modules.

Table of Contents

Dedication

Foreword to The Hands-on XBee Lab Manual

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Experiment 1. Introduction to the X-CTU Software

Requirements

Introduction

Experiment 2. How to Change XBee Module Configurations

Requirements

Introduction

Experiment 3. One-Way Digital-Input Communications

Requirements

Introduction

Experiment 4. Use an XBee Module for Remote Control

Requirements

Introduction

Experiment 5. XBee Modules Transfer and Control Analog Signals

Requirements

Introduction

Experiment 6. Remote Control of Digital and Analog Devices

Requirements

Introduction

Optional Steps

Answers to Questions in Step 6

Experiment 7. How to Transmit Data on a Logic-Level Change

Requirements

Introduction

Make Clean Logic Transitions

Experiment 8. How to Handle Data from Several Analog Inputs

Requirements

Introduction

A Reminder About Sample Rates

Answers to Questions in Step 8

Experiment 9. Investigate Sleep Modes and Sleep-Mode Timing

Requirements

Introduction

Experiment 10. How to Use API Packets to Control a Local XBee Module

Requirements

Introduction

Answers to Questions in Step 8

Experiment 11. How to Use API Packets to Control Remote XBee Modules

Requirements

Introduction

Immediate Command Actions

Experiment 12. How to Use API Packets to Control Remote I/O Lines

Requirements

Introduction

Experiment Answers

Experiment 13. Remote Control of PWM Outputs

Requirements

Introduction

A Better Approach

Reference

Experiment 14. How to Parse Data from Digital and Analog Pins and Control Individual Digital Outputs

Requirements

Introduction

Expe

Details

No. of pages:
324
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2013
Published:
Imprint:
Newnes
Print ISBN:
9780123914040
Electronic ISBN:
9780123914163

About the author

Jonathan Titus

Jon Titus (KZ1G) is a Freelance technical writer, editor, and designer based in Herriman, Utah, USA and previously editorial director at Test & Measurement World magazine and EDN magazine. Titus is the inventor of the first personal-computer kit, the Mark-8, now in the collection at the Smithsonian Institution.

Affiliations and Expertise

Freelance technical writer, editor, and designer, UT, USA

Reviews

"The value of this book lies in the way it guides the reader through assembling the hardware pieces and setting up the experiments, and provides information not easily found in product specifications, user manuals, or application notes."--ComputingReviews.com, March 6, 2013
"For communications systems engineers and designers, this guide to the Digi International XBee radio communication modules provides practical instruction on real world uses of this robust collection of communications products. Beginning with an overview of the X-CTU module software, the work covers topics such as module configuration, one-way digital input communications, remote control applications, analog signals, handling data from multiple analog inputs, remote module control, device discovery, and setting up XBee networks. A series of appendices provides information on module presets and common configuration options. Chapters include detailed schematics and code examples, and additional online resources are provided. Titus is a renowned computer expert and technical writer."--Reference and Research Book News, October 2012