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XBee USB Adapter Board (#32400)
This low cost XBee USB Adapter Board comes in partially assembled kit form and provides a cost-effective
solution to interfacing a PC ormicrocontroller to any XBee or XBee Pro module. By using this adapter
board you can provide an easy interface to the XBee or XBee Pro modules by converting the 2mm pin
spacing to breadboard friendly 0.100” spacing. The adapter boards also provide a means to connect
pluggable wires or solder connections and also provide mounting holes.

Features








Provides an easy interface forconfiguring an XBee Module via a PC
4 status indicator LEDs for Power, RSSI, Associate and mode (sleep/ON)
Converts XBee 2mm pin spacing to 0.100” pin spacing
Provides easy pluggable wire or solder connections
Includes mounting holes
Pin-out compatible with our other XBee Adapter boards
Partially assembled kit form for flexible configuration

Key Specifications





Powerrequirements: 3.3V pass-through to XBee module
Communication: Serial pass-through to XBee module
Operating temperature: -40 to +158°F (-40 to +70°C)
Dimensions: 1.51” L x 1.00” W x 0.58” H* (38.3 mm x 25.6 mm x 14.8 mm*)
* when headers are attached

Application Ideas




Easy connection of XBee modules to PC for configuration
Easy connection of XBee modules to breadboard or proto boardConvenient way to mount the XBee module away from the microcontroller

Packing List




(1) XBee USB Adapter Board PCB (SMD components pre-soldered)
(2) 10-pin 2mm sockets
(1) 40-pin SIP header

Tools Required





Soldering Iron (always wear safety glasses when soldering)
Solder (some soldering experience required)
Flux
Diagonal cutters or Exacto knife

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XBee USB Adapter Board (#32400)

v1.0 1/26/2010 Page 1 of 5

Assembly Instructions
Step 1:

Check to ensure your kit
contains the following parts
as shown in the photo.

Step 2:

Install the 2mm sockets on
top of the PCB as shown and
solder them in place from the
bottom side of the board.

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Step 3:

Using an Exacto knife,
hobby knife or a pair of
diagonal cutters, cut two 11pin headers from the 40-pin
header. Extra header
material was included in
case of a mistake or
damaged header.

Step 4 (optional):

Insert the two 11-pin SIP
headers into the bottom of
the adapter board as shown
and solder them in place
from the top.
This step is optional in thatyou could leave the headers
out and solder wires into the
pads instead if you wish.
Headers are also not needed
for PC communication or
power since both are
obtained from the USB port.

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USB Driver Installation
If you wish to connect your XBee USB Adapter to your PC then you will first need a USBA to Mini B cable
(sold separately). You will also need to install the FTDI VCP drivers. You may obtain the latest drivers by
pointing your web browser to http://www.parallax.com/usbdrivers. You may also obtain these drivers
from the FTDI website at http://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/VCP.htm. Note: you may already have the
USB drivers installed if you have installed the Propeller Tool softwareor use any Parallax USB
development boards.
Once the USB driver has been installed you may connect your USB cable between the PC and the XBee
USB Adapter Board. The XBee USB Adapter is now ready to be configured via the X-CTU software from
Digi. Note that the functions of some of the I/O lines on the adapter can be configured from the X-CTU
software. As long as the USB port is providing...
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