XBee Series 1 vs. Series 2

XBee Modules
XBee Series 2 modules

XBee Series 1 and Series 2 devices are very similar in capabilities. The main difference is that you need configure Series 2 modules before you can use them as Series 2 modules always runs ZigBee mesh firmware. That means if you just want to replace a serial connection with series 2, one device should be in coordinator mode. You will get slightly more range with Series 2 (2mW)  than Series 1(mW)


XBee Series 1:

This modules are simple to use, Doesn’t require any configuration to operate in peer to peer communication . That means you can directly replace a wired serial connection with these devices.

XBee Series 2:

This modules are a little complex to use as these require some configuration even to work in peer to peer communication. If you are just starting with XBee and your requirement just replace a serial wired connection I will suggest you to go with Series 1. Series 2 power efficient than Series 1.


Some numbers from digi


XBee Series 1 XBee Series 2
Indoor/Urban range up to 100 ft. (30m) up to 133 ft. (40m)
Outdoor RF line-of-sight range up to 300 ft. (100m) up to 400 ft. (120m)
Transmit Power Output 1 mW (0dbm) 2 mW (+3dbm)
RF Data Rate 250 Kbps 250 Kbps
Receiver Sensitivity -92dbm (1% PER) -98dbm (1% PER)
Supply Voltage 2.8 – 3.4 V 2.8 – 3.6 V
Transmit Current (typical) 45 mA (@ 3.3 V) 40 mA (@ 3.3 V)
Idle/Receive Current (typical) 50 mA (@ 3.3 V) 40 mA (@ 3.3 V)
Power-down Current 10 uA 1 uA
Frequency ISM 2.4 GHz ISM 2.4 GHz
Dimensions 0.0960″ x 1.087″ 0.0960″ x 1.087″
Operating Temperature -40 to 85 C -40 to 85 C
Antenna Options PCB, Integrated Whip, U.FL, RPSMA PCB, Integrated Whip, U.FL, RPSMA
Network Topologies Point to point, Star, Mesh (with DigiMesh firmware) Point to point, Star, Mesh
Number of Channels 16 Direct Sequence Channels 16 Direct Sequence Channels
Filtration Options PAN ID, Channel & Source/Destination PAN ID, Channel & Source/Destination

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