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We believe that our XBBO is the best XBee Break Out board ever. This board supports and has been tested with many different modules that are XBee shaped. Is the perfect partner for our XRF.
The XBBO ships in two forms: passive and active. Passive kits are lower in cost and require the data and supply to be at a nominal 3.3v. The active kit has 5V logic conversion and voltage regulator parts, as well as LEDs to allow you to monitor activity.
For the active XBBO there is even more:
The XBBOs are shipped as a kit of parts for you to solder.
PCB: 46 mm x 32 mm
Built kit, including angled headers: 48 mm x 32 mm x 15 mm
There are no driver downloads
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Posted by Unknown on 16th Aug 2012
I've bought an active version. It was very easy to assmble it becuse of very clear instruction on the support page. Just after assembly plugged my XRF and got waht expected. Very good adapter for XRF module, with own power regulator and two indicator leds, wich converts XRF pins into one easy to use header with the all important signal lines.
Posted by Roger Philp on 31st Jul 2012
I bought the passive boards initially and simply could not get them working. I then bought the active boards which also wouldn't work until I
realized that the cts and gnd had to be shorted
- perhaps this would fix the passives.
Although they now work, I was a little unhappy about the lack of documentation: I have a busy schedule and if things don't work straight away, then they get put aside for ages before I can get back to them. They are also a team with the XRFs and so there should be two pitch settings for boards XBEE and standard bread board. Otherwise I do like the product.
Update - What modules required this? Our XRF's and the Xbee's I've tried don't need this to happen, I can only think it's specific to the module you are using or how it was setup for use.
Posted by Paul on 16th Jun 2012
I bought a couple of these (active) to go with my XRFs and they perform wonderfully.
It's fun to build and very useful once finished!
Posted by Richard on 21st May 2012
Kit was easy to assemble and I was up and running with a pair of Xbees within an hour.
Posted by Charli on 8th Feb 2012
Took me ages to solder these as the parts are teeny (I'm terrible at soldering), the fact that it works ocne assembled is testament to the build quality!
The active one has flashy LEDs! Though I haven't worked out what LED1 does yet. The voltage regulation built in is also really handy.
I use the non-right angled breadboard pins (the 10 pins, not the vertical-mounting ones) which are annoyingly the width of all my breadboards so you have to struggle to position flat wires underneath them. Though most people seem to prefer this.. maybe I'm just odd.
Posted by Geoff Baldwin on 18th Dec 2011
I bought a pair of active XBBO kits as I wanted to experiment with the XRF tranceivers using picaxe 28X2 MCU's running at 5v it took less than 15 min to assemble the pair. They worked brilliantly as soon as I realised the the TX pins on the XBBO meant 'out to the MCU' and not and not TX (transmit)through the XRF module. my only complaint is that the documentation is a little vague and you need to hunt online for it and even what you can find has no schematic diagram. LED2 on the board displays the 'heartbeat' of the XRF but I still have no idea what LED1 is used for. Nevertheless the board represents excellent value and it does the job admirably when working with breadboards.
NOTE FROM CISECO: We are trying to improve the documentation of products, agreed it is our weakest point at present 01/2012