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Seven Segment Display with Digi XBee

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Number communicate clearly. With a simple 7-segment numeric display you can show how many, how much, which one or when with precision. It’s a snap to display numbers wirelessly with an Digi XBee radio.

Controlling a Lamp from the Internet with Digi Remote Manager

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In this example, we’ll walk you through the steps for setting up the Digi XBee Internet Gateway and Digi Remote Manager (DRM) to control a lamp over the internet! Of course, you don’t have to use a lamp for this; you can use XIG and Digi Remote Manager to control many kinds of devices and even read wireless sensors.

LCD Text Display with Digi XBee Radios

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Words are how humans communicate. An inexpensive LCD text display can be the most economical way to make your project talk to people, and it’s easy to make a wireless one with a Digi XBee radio.

Simple Garage Door Sensor

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Whether you’re pulling into work after a busy morning, driving to the family cabin, or just laying in bed after a long day, the last thing you want to worry about is your car garage door. This example will show you how to install a simple garage door monitor so you never have to worry if your garage door is left open. Using the Digi XBee LTE Cat1 Development Kit and a magnetic reed switch, an SMS can be sent to your phone notifying you if your garage door is opened or closed.

Communicate with Therapist Bot Using Digi XBee Cellular and XCTU

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XCTU is a free multi-platform application designed to enable developers to interact with Digi RF modules through a simple-to-use graphical interface. By using XCTU and the Digi XBee cellular, you can connect to many servers such as the ELIZA Therapist Bot, Echo, and Daytime.

Connecting Grove Sensors with Digi XBee

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Grove modules are quickly growing in popularity due to each sensor and actuator having the same standardized connector — making it fast and easy to prototype a sensor project.

In the words of Seeed Studio, “Grove is a modulated, ready-to-use tool set. Much like Lego, it takes a building block approach to assembling electronics. Compared with the traditional, complicated learning method of using a breadboard and various electronic components to assemble a project, Grove simplifies and condenses the learning process significantly. The Grove system consists of a base shield and various modules with standardized connectors.”im121027001_2_1

What makes Grove devices so simple is that the connectors eliminate the need to break out the breadboard, resistors, jumper wires, etc.. The connection is a 4-pin interface that supports digital, analog, I2C signal through four wires with different colors.

  • Red is for VCC
  • Black is for GND,
  • Yellow is for signal
  • White is for others.

Since Digi XBee is used frequently in wireless sensor networks, we included six Grove connectors on the new Digi XBee Grove Development Board. You can use it to quickly evaluate Digi XBee and Grove modules with a PC or micro-controller.

We have included two Digi XBee Grove Adapter Boards in the Wireless Connectivity Kit. If you’re interested in how this might help you build wireless sensor networks, we have this graphic that offers an overview of the board and its connections.

 

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Visit Digi-Key to learn more about the Wireless Connectivity Kit. More information on the Digi XBee Grove Development Board can be found here.

Digi XBee Tech Tip: How to Conduct a Digi XBee Range Test

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Have you ever wanted to test the strength of connections in your XBee network? Within the Digi XBee configuration software, XCTU, you can perform a range test. This will tell you the amount of packets received and the RSSI values at the local and remote nodes. This video will take you through the steps necessary to perform a range test.

You can download XCTU at this link: http://www.digi.com/xctu

We hope you found this tutorial helpful! Let us know what you’d like to learn in the next Digi XBee Tech Tip: http://bit.ly/xbeetechtip

Potentiometer Example: Digi XBee Zigbee Cloud Kit

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When it comes to analog input, it doesn’t get any easier than a basic potentiometer. Potentiometers can be used for setting a level, determining an angle or just as a simple user interface adjustment.

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