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XBee® ZB Adapters

ZigBee device adapters for Drop-in Networking

  • Supports the ZigBee PRO feature set
  • ZigBee® wireless connectivity for all types of end-point devices
  • Compatible with ConnectPort® X gateways for IP connectivity
  • Flexible powering options
  • Outdoor RF line-of-sight range up to 1 mile with XBee-PRO®
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ZigBee technology enables low-cost, low-power networking of sensors, controllers and other such devices in self-configuring, self-healing wireless mesh networks. Digi's XBee adapters are used to retrofit existing devices for ZigBee connectivity. Available with multiple interface options, these adapters deliver the benefits of ZigBee mesh networking off-the-shelf, without the development time required when using an embedded solution. As part of Digi's Drop-in Networking product family, XBee adapters can be used with ConnectPort X gateways to "drop-in" end-to-end device networks without the need for a wired network infrastructure.

Each XBee ZNet 2.5 (formerly Series 2) adapter contains a wireless RF module for network connectivity and a physical interface for device connectivity. Interfaces include RS-232 (powered and power harvesting), RS-485, USB, 1-Wire Sensor (for use with Digi's Watchport® sensors), Digital I/O and Analog I/O. Each is offered in a small, easily-mountable enclosure and can be powered with an external power adapter or (3) N-cell batteries. The USB and RS-232PH versions both harvest power from the device to which they are connected. XBee adapters do not ship with a power adapter or batteries. Both are available separately.

Two performance levels of XBee adapters are available: XBee and XBee-PRO. The PRO version provides greater transmit power and approximately three-times the range of the regular version.

Compatibility Note:
XBee adapters are offered in multiple wireless platforms. Users must standardize on one platform - ZNet 2.5 (mesh)/formerly Series 2 or 802.15.4 (point-to-multipoint)/formerly Series 1 - when using products within the Drop-in Networking family.

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ZB Extended-Range XBee-PRO Adapters North America: International:  
XBee-PRO ZB USB adapter, internal wire antenna
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XBee-PRO RS-232 adapter, external RPSMA antenna included (9 - 30V)
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XBee-PRO RS-485 adapter, external RPSMA antenna included (9 - 30V)
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XBee-PRO DIO adapter, external RPSMA antenna included (9 - 30V)
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XBee-PRO AIO adapter, external RPSMA antenna included (9 - 30V)
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Specifications XBee® ZB XBee-PRO® ZB
RF Data Rate 250 kbps
Indoor/Urban Range Up to 133 ft (40 m) Up to 300 ft (90 m) / 200 ft (60 m) Int’l variant
Outdoor/RF Line-of-Sight Range Up to 400 ft (120 m) Up to 2 miles (3200 m) / 5000 ft (1500 m) Int’l variant
Transmit Power 1.25 mW (+1 dBm) / 2 mW (+3 dBm) boost mode 63 mW (+18 dBm) Int’l version
Receiver Sensitivity (1% PER) -96 dBm in boost mode -102 dBm
Antenna Type XBee ZB Adapters: Internal Antenna; XBee-PRO ZB Adapters: External RPSMA Antenna
Frequency Band 2.4 GHz
Serial Data Interface RS-232 DB9M/DTE or RS-485 (6-position wire terminal block) switch selectable between RS-422 half-duplex,
RS-422 full duplex and RS-485
USB Data Interface USB 2.0 Full Speed (with ESD protection); connects to host via captive 1-meter cable
Analog IO (AIO) &
Digital IO (DIO)
6-position wire terminal block; Analog IO: 0 - 10V, 4 - 20 mA, or +/- 2VDC Differential;
Digital IO: Digital Input or sinking driver output
Networking & Security
Network Topologies Point-to-point, Point-to-multipoint, Mesh
Number of Channels 16 14
Spread Spectrum Type Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum
Filtration Options PAN ID, 64-bit MAC, channel
Addressing 65,000 available addresses for each channel
LEDs Power: Glows green when external power is supplied (not active when battery powered to limit power drain)
Associate: Blinks when unit is connected and associated on an RF network
Controls Device reset (internal push button); Identification (internal push button) – relays ID to gateway
Dimensions (L x W x H) & Weight RS-232, RS-485, AIO, DIO models: 3.60 in x 1.90 in x 1.20 in (9.14 cm x 4.82 cm x 3.04 cm) 2.29 oz (64.92 g)
USB models: 2.87 in x 1.80 in x 0.83 in (7.29 cm x 4.57 cm x 2.10 cm) 1.60 oz (45.36 g)
Operating Temperature -40° C to +70° C
Power Requirements
Input Voltage RS-232, RS-485, AIO, DIO models: 3.7-6VDC and 9-30 VDC
USB models: Bus powered (+5V)
Power Consumption USB: 70 mA (normal operation) /
200 uA (suspend mode)
USB: 70 mA Rx and 250 mA Tx (normal operation) / 200 uA (suspend mode)
Regulatory Approvals
Emissions FCC Part 15.247, IC, ETSI/CE, Telec, EN55022 (Class B)
Safety UL60950, CAN/CSA C22.2 No.60950
RoHS Yes
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