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Difference between Zigbee XBEE series1 and XBEE series2

The XBEE chip manufactured by Digi International has different types of radio physical hardware. XBEE series1 hardware radio uses microchip made by freescale while XBEE series2 hardware radio uses microchip from Ember Networks. XBEE series2 is popular and used for zigbee mesh networking. This page mentions difference between XBEE series1 and XBEE series2 zigbee radio. Series 2B is also available from Digi which supports improvement in existing features and provide additional features.

Specifications Zigbee XBEE series 1 Zigbee XBEE series 2
Typical range(Indoor/Outdoor) 30 meters 40 meters
Best LOS range 100 meters 120 meters
Tx/Rx Current 45/50 mA 40/40 mA
Digital Input/Output pins 8 (+1 input only) 11
analog input pins 7 4
analog PWM output pins 2 None
Interoperable mesh routing, Adhoc network creation, self healing networks NO YES
Firmware available 802.15.4(IEEE)
DigiMesh
ZB(Zigbee2007)
ZNet 2.5(OBSOLETE)
Mesh, cluster tree topologies NO YES
requires co-ordinator node NO YES
point to point configuration SIMPLE MORE INVOLVED
Standard based applications NO YES
STANDARD BASED NETWORKING YES YES

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