The SparkFun XBee Explorer Dongle effortlessly connects Digi XBee modules to your computer through a USB interface, eliminating the need for any extra cables. This versatile device is compatible with all XBee series and includes an integrated FT231X USB-to-Serial converter and a 500mA voltage regulator.
This dongle is not just for hobbyists but also for professionals who require a robust and reliable interface for various applications such as IoT devices, remote sensor data collection, or home automation tasks. Its plug-and-play functionality allows you to get started immediately, reducing setup time and eliminating the need for additional hardware.
Ease of use is one of its strong suits. The device comes with four LEDs—RX for receive, TX for transmit, RSSI for signal strength, and a power indicator—that serve as a quick and effective debugging tool. The on-board voltage regulator ensures a stable and reliable power supply for the XBee, making your wireless communication setup hassle-free.
One of its unique features is the on-board FT231X USB-to-Serial converter, which makes data communication between your computer and the XBee module seamless. Furthermore, the dongle offers breadboard-compatible headers that break out each of the XBee’s I/O pins. This provides you with the option to solder header pins or wires directly, enabling you to take advantage of the XBee's extended functionalities.
Please note that this dongle does not come with an XBee module, and it is not designed to power Cellular XBee units. It is compatible only with the 802.15.4 XBee series.