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Does Digi offer or recommend breadboards for developing with OEM RF Modules?

Digi does not sell any breadboards for development. The following provides some recommendations.

9XStream/24XStream, 9XCite

XStream and XCite OEM RF Modules use a standard 2.54mm (0.1) spacing header. Most breadboards have the same 0.1 spacing, so these should be relatively easy to find from any electronic components vendors.

9XTend, XBee/XBee-PRO

XTend and XBee OEM RF Modules use a standard 2mm (0.079) spacing header. We are not aware of any breadboards that handle the 2mm (0.079) spacing of these OEM RF modules. Some customers have used 2mm spacing prototype boards like the one found at: http://www.engineeringlab.com/throughholepcb.html. However, the problem with boards like these is they require soldering on the radios header pins. There are 2 reasons we would not recommend soldering on our radios:

  1. It voids the 1-year manufacturers warranty.
  2. It makes it difficult for our Support department to troubleshoot if you need our help. One of our most useful tools is plugging the XBee Module into our XBIB-R/-U (XBee Interface Board - RS232/-USB), then connecting to X-CTU Software to update firmware and/or check parameters. Solder on the pins will make it difficult to remove the XBee Module from your board and connect it properly to a Digi interface board.

Our recommendation is to purchase the same type of female headers that we use on our interface boards (see http://www.digi.com/support/kbase/kbaseresultdetl.jsp?id=2018 for details). The leads of the female header can then be soldered to wires that can be pushed into a standard breadboard.

Another option is to use a break-out board to convert the 2mm spacing of the XBee to the .1 inch pitch of a standard breadboard like this one from Sparkfun.com. http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/categories.php

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact Digi Support.

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