How to Switch Protocols with Digi XBee® 3 Modules
XBee® 3 modules are the latest generation of Digi International’s wireless XBee® modules. The XBee 3 product line drives rapid development with reduced time to market. Additionally, Digi XBee 3 modules provide backwards compatibility with older products and future-proofing by supporting multiple wireless protocols. Digi modules support Zigbee, 802.15.4, DigiMesh protocols.
Pre-requisites for switching protocols on XBee3 modules:
- Download Digi’s XCTU configuration platform for XBee/RF solutions
- Possess Xbee3 module hardware
- Possess a development board or custom board with access to serial connections. To support serial firmware updates and recovery, you must connect power, ground, flow control and data connections (VCC, GND, DOUT, DIN, RTS, and DTR).
How to switch Protocols with Digi Xbee 3 modules:
1. Connect the module to a PC and check the Device Manager if device is recognized
2. Open XCTU and ensure the module is added to the list:
If you know the serial configuration of your radio module, you can add it to the list manually.
3. Click ‘Update’ tab to switch protocol:
4. Check the current configuration of the module:
The ‘Update Firmware’ screen displays the current configuration of the module. The example module provided belongs to XB3-24 product family. It has Digi XBee 3 Zigbee 3.0 protocol and 100B firmware version. It also shows the latest firmware available for the selected protocol.
5. Select the protocol and firmware:
XBee 3 DigiMesh 2.4 is selected with the latest FW versions available 300D.
6. Click ‘Update’.
Once the update has been completed, the module will reset and display an ‘update successful message’:
7. After resetting, the module will display the new protocol:
Developers may switch their desired firmware on Digi XBee 3 hardware to run Zigbee, 802.15.4, and DigiMesh protocols by repeating steps 1-7.
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