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    This:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/XBEE-XB24-AW...item35b8d7d160

    appears to be a series 1 low power Xbee that would work as a receiver. A PRO module is better, but quite a bit more $. I looked up the "XB24-AWI-001" number and it is the number on the Series 1 tranceiver listed at Mouser for the S1 (and Mouser uses that as the part number on their site).

    It is $12.35 + $2.45 shipping = $14.80 out of Oklahoma.

    I am no way associated with the seller other than I just ordered one.

    Kirk

    (edit) The markings on the picture on the Ebay posting indicate these were manufactured BEFORE the company sold to a new owner over 2 years ago. In theory, this should not matter, but there is a chance these may be obsolete per Dirknerkle (see later posts).
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    Looks to be an excellent deal.
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    so how well will these work on a large front yard....1 acre wide about 100 ft to my display...i am using Several SS series controllers.
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    It says they have 452 units, so that will probably supply the DIYC community well. I think I will now populate the 4 Rev6 PCBs that I have collecting dust! Who knows ... I may order a few more PCBs when Dave gets more in!! LOL!
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    I have many of the lower-powered ones, but they are all in receive mode. I also use them with an XBPro as my transmitter. What's more, the transmitter has a 9db gain external antenna mounted on the XBPro and it's outside in direct view of all of the other controllers. The XBPro with that sort of antenna configuration is roughly equivalent to 1/2 watt of transmitting power.

    I think one reason why all of the lower-powered XBees work as well as they do is because the transmitter is so darned strong and is located in the most ideal place for my layout. If I wanted to put a display across the street, I would not bet the farm on the lower-powered one because its receiver is not as sensitive as the Pro model, either.

    That's a pretty good price for that little radio; with shipping it comes in around $15. I believe you can get the real deal from Mouser for only $4 more.
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    Hmm - I got some boards from Dave earlier but haven't ordered the Xbee's yet (it will be used to drive my LEDTriks) - - perhaps it's time! Thanks for the link!
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    Well I guess I'm not the only one who found that XBEE deal on eBay.
    Pretty tempting.
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    I was also looking @ eBay for the XBee, could you tell me the difference between XBee 1, XBee 2 & the XBee Pro, will they work as receivers & transmitters?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lot-2-NEW-Di...item23181f8102

    I also found this on the XBee 1 & 2, but not on the XBee Pro
    http://www.digi.com/support/kbase/kb...ltdetl?id=2213

    http://www.digi.com/pdf/chart_xbee_rf_features.pdf

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    Marcos,

    Dirknerkle is you best source of information on the XBee's but basically stay away from the Series 2 units. They are designed to work as a mesh network and must talk to each other and acknowledge receipt of data packets. The series 1 are designed to simply broacast serial data and can be set up with a no ack parameter for this. Generally at a minimum you want an XBee Pro (series1) for your transmitter and in my case I am getting the Pro with the rp-sma antenna mount so tha I can hook a 7dbi 2.4GHz Wireless WIFI Antenna on it to boost tranmission power. My yard is only 80 x 35 so I am contemplating gettin the lower powered XBees as recievers. I have enough of the wifi antennas that I can put one on each XBee so it is worth the extra $4 to get the rp-sma mount. I am also going to use a pair of usb to cat5 dongles to run cat5 from my PC outside and set my transmitter in my yard. Mouser right now seems to have the best retail prices but that can change. Unfortunatly I learned this after I bought 4 of the series 2 Xbees, but in time to cancell the series2 Xbee Pro i had on order. Hope this helps.
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    OK, so I should get:

    1 XBee Pro with SMA as a Transmitter http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/...aPI%2feSSmQ%3d

    Will the SMA antenna be http://www.mouser.com/Search/Product...2f49%2fQ%3d%3d ????

    2 XBee Pro with 1" Antenna as Receivers http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/...%2btEgLU9Xs%3d

    I have already bought 3 Ren-Wv6 but I have seing on Mr. Dirknerkle's new web site this gizmo for my SS16 & SS24, this I think will be better & cheaper than building the Ren-Wv6 http://www.diychristmas.org/store/pr...?id_product=12
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