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    So I am trying to add my neighbors across the street to my show. I bought 4 xbee modules and 4 of the xbee snap in assemblies from dirknerkles store. I have 3 houses in my show now, each running on its own serial port. I want to run the house across the street on its own port as well. What do I need to plug an xbee transmitter into a serial port? I don't want to run it off the end of an existing board, but directly from my com port. Couldn't find anything on dirknerkles store. Looked on the spark fun website, but I am not sure what I need.

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    The same Sparkfun XBee Explorer USB you can program it with, can/will become its own serial port under windows that can be set to an output.
    https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11812
    (usb cable not included) Mine use the fatter one than the common one used to charge a phone with.

    Make sure you also set the baud in windows to same speed as the x-bees are running.
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    The explorer board that klyneshouse mentioned works like a charm. It even has a power on and data stream indicator to help with troubleshooting.

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    Thanks for the quick replies!

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    Another quick question. The cut lines on the pcb from dirkknerle is just to break the circuit trace at different spots for different boards?

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    I'm not familiar with that new red one, the older ones used to fit a SS board without cutting.
    I believe that cutting is necessary for it to now physically fit on a SS board.
    The header section cut out would be used for only the 5-pin Renard Plus type controllers.
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    Dirkneckle turned me on to the TTL to USB adapter that will connect directly to his Xbee Adapter. I use two as transmitters
    with no problems. I have used the Explorer Board, but the FTDI drivers gave me fits. Others have used them with few problems,
    but the TTL to USB adapters have been best for me.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/CP2102-USB-2...QAAOSwQiRUm-ND

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    Yikes, delivery from China. Might be too late for that one this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLStout View Post
    Another quick question. The cut lines on the pcb from dirkknerle is just to break the circuit trace at different spots for different boards?
    Yes, that's correct. If you cut the board to fit down onto the RS485 chip of the SS24, for example, then you're cutting off the 5-pin header and it can't be used with a different controller such as a Renzilla. This is making the assumption that once you add wireless to an SS24, you'll just leave it wireless. You'd could remove the outbound RJ45 jack on the SS24 and then you wouldn't have to trim the Snap-In adapter.

    Alternately, you can use Dupont cables to connect the Snap-In to the SS24 -- it's not rocket science and that's been outlined elsewhere here in one of the forums...

    If you're looking for USB-TTL adapters you might check either the DIGWDF Store or the Renard-Plus shop (renard-shop.com) as either of them might have them in stock...

    http://digwdf.org/store/
    Even though the DIGWDF Store has been closed for two years, it's still awesome!
    User guides, documentation and other files are still free and available for downloading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLStout View Post
    Yikes, delivery from China. Might be too late for that one this year.
    Sorry, I just noticed it was from China !!! There are others though that are in the United States.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-2-0-TO-T...oAAOxyUrZSr1oN
    Last edited by Amigorick; 11-14-2016 at 06:59 PM.

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