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Hello to you all, i hope your well and this reaches you well.

I have been racking my brains with this, and would be gratful for any assistance please.

The poblem i am experiancing is when polling for data with a temprature sensor.

On line 22 of the polling sample, there is a statment which says xbee_message.data.decode(). Froim my understanding this method is responsable for decoding frames receved from an end device and works with normal text fine. However when i try to receve DHT22 sensor data from an XBee end device, i am thrwon an error UnicodeDecodeError: 'utf-8' codec can't decode byte 0x9a in position 1: invalid start byte.

i have been trying to figure out how to correct this, as i understand that the decodert is waiting for unicode data (test) but how can i get it to receve other data?

code i am using in python:
from digi.xbee.devices import XBeeDevice

#port = "/dev/ttyUSB0"
port = "com7"
rate = 9600

def main():
print("Starting XBee.....")
print("opening port....")

comms = XBeeDevice(port, rate)

print("Waiting for data...\n")

while True:
if xbee_message is not None:
print("From %s >> %s" % (xbee_message.remote_device.get_64bit_addr(), xbee_message.data.decode()))

if comms is not None and comms.is_open():

if __name__ == '__main__':

code i am using in arduino:
#include <XBee.h>
#include <Printers.h>
#include <DHT.h>
#include "binary.h"

XBeeWithCallbacks xbee;

#define DebugSerial Serial
#define XBeeSerial Serial3

// Sensor type is DHT22, connected to pin D4.
DHT dht(4, DHT22);

void setup() {
// Setup debug serial output

// Setup XBee serial communication

// Setup callbacks
xbee.onPacketError(printErrorCb, (uintptr_t)(Print*)&DebugSerial);
xbee.onResponse(printErrorCb, (uintptr_t)(Print*)&DebugSerial);

// Setup DHT sensor

// Send a first packet right away

void sendPacket() {
// Prepare the Zigbee Transmit Request API packet
ZBTxRequest txRequest;

// Allocate 9 payload bytes: 1 type byte plus two floats of 4 bytes each
AllocBuffer<9> packet;

// Packet type, temperature, humidity
txRequest.setPayload(packet.head, packet.len());

// And send it

unsigned long last_tx_time = 0;

void loop() {
// Check the serial port to see if there is a new packet available

// Send a packet every 10 seconds
if (millis() - last_tx_time > 10000) {
last_tx_time = millis();

binary.h file used to wrap serial data for transmission:
#ifndef __BINARY_H
#define __BINARY_H

#include <stdint.h>
#include <string.h>

struct Buffer {
/* Wrap a buffer, containing the given number of
* data bytes and a given remaining capacity (so total capacity is len
* + capacity). */
Buffer(uint8_t *buf, size_t len, size_t capacity = 0) : head(buf), tail(buf + len), end(tail + capacity) { }

uint8_t *head;
uint8_t *tail;
uint8_t *end;

* Appends the given value to the end of this buffer and returns true.
* If this would write past the end of the available memory (end),
* nothing happens and false is returned.
template <typename T>
bool append(const T &v) {
if (tail + sizeof(T) <= end) {
memcpy(tail, (const uint8_t*)&v, sizeof(T));
tail += sizeof(T);
return true;
return false;

* Gets a copy of the value of the given type, on the given offset
* into the data in this buffer.
* If this would read past the end of the data in this buffer (tail),
* an all-zeroes value is returned instead.
template <typename T>
T get(size_t offset) {
T res;
if (head + offset + sizeof(T) <= tail)
memcpy((uint8_t *)&res, head + offset, sizeof(T));
memset((uint8_t *)&res, 0, sizeof(T));
return res;

* Gets a pointer into this buffer, starting from the given offset
* within the data.
* If this would read past the end of the data in this buffer (tail),
* NULL is returned instead.
uint8_t *get(size_t offset) {
if (head + offset < tail)
return head + offset;
return NULL;

* Remove one value of the given type from the data and return it.
* If this would read past the end of the data in this buffer (tail),
* an all-zeroes value is returned instead (any partial data that
* could have been read is removed, but not returned).
template <typename T>
T remove() {
T res = get<T>(0);
head += min(len(), sizeof(T));
return res;

* Remove the given number of bytes from the data and return a pointer
* to them.
* If this would read past the end of the data in this buffer (tail),
* NULL returned instead (any partial data that could have been read
* is removed, but not returned).
uint8_t *remove(size_t bytes) {
uint8_t *res = get(0);
head += min(len(), bytes);
return res;

size_t len() {
return tail - head;

template <size_t size>
struct AllocBuffer : Buffer {
AllocBuffer() : Buffer(buf, 0, size) { };
uint8_t buf[size];

#endif // __BINARY_H
asked Mar 4, 2019 in 3rd Party Python and API development in other Languages by K0ng New to the Community (0 points)

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