10/25/2007 - MaxStream/Digi is canceling the ZigBee Beta firmware offering for our XBee/XBee-PRO Series 1 modules. Due to some necessary hardware changes we unfortunately will not be able to support the ZigBee Beta firmware on our XBee/XBee-PRO Series 1 modules moving forward. This includes firmware versions 8x13, 8x14 and 8x17.
The latest hardware revision of XBee Series 1 modules is incompatible with and will not load the ZigBee beta firmware. This latest hardware revision is labeled "Rev-B" on the white sticker on each XBee module, and is currently shipping. XBee-PRO modules will have the same hardware change in the next few months. Older hardware versions will load the ZigBee beta firmware, but support from our Support and Engineering departments will diminish. We have no plans to officially release the ZigBee beta firmware.
Please know that we have long-term plans to continue to offer the XBee/XBee-PRO Series 1 modules. The successful 802.15.4 firmware versions (1x8x, 1xAx, 1xCx) will still be available for reliable, wireless peer-to-peer, point-to-point and point-to-multipoint applications. We are only ending the XBee Series 1 ZigBee beta firmware offering.
We also offer code development directly on the XBee Series 1 modules. This option allows customers the option of using MaxStream/Digis XBee hardware while developing their own software based on Freescales SMAC, 802.15.4, or BeeStack (ZigBee 2006) software stacks.
Customers interested in mesh networking applications without code development are encouraged to develop with our XBee Series 2 modules, which feature low-power end devices, ADC and Digital I/O, and encryption. The XBee Series 2 ZigBee module is based on the same software API and hardware design as the XBee Series 1, so migration from Series 1 to Series 2 should be simple.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.
XBee version numbers will have 4 significant digits. A version number is reported by ATVR with 3 or 4 numbers. All numbers are hexadecimal and can have a range from 0-0xF. A version can be reported as "ABC" or "ABCD". Digits ABC are the main release number and D is the revision number from the main release. "B" is a variant designator. The following variants exist:
All releases will have an even number for C. All internal development will have an odd number for C. Field D is always present, even when D is 0.
ZigBee firmware releases will start with 0x8000, and the 802.15.4 firmware releases started with 0x1000. Information regarding the 802.15.4 firmware can be seen here.
Version 8.x.1.7 Version 8.x.1.4 Version 8.x.1.3
Beta ZigBee firmware versions are available for limited release only. To request firmware for Beta testing, please contact MaxStream support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Released ZigBee firmware versions are available from the X-CTU program for general download. To download released versions: