XBee Device Types and Network Topologies

    17 September 2014

    If you are interested in creating electronics projects with either Arduino or Raspberry-Pi, you may want to eventually add wireless communication to your projects. This is especially true with the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT). One way to achieve this is by using XBee radios. Digi is the manufacturer of XBee radios, but you can get them from many different suppliers such as Adafruit and Sparkfun. There are a staggering number of variations that these radios come in. This is because there are numerous network protocols (e.g. ZigBee or Wifi), and each of these variations come with various antenna options (e.g. wire antenna or PCB antenna). This article is specific to XBee Series 2 ZigBee Mesh radios (with any antenna).