December 31, 2013

Wirelessly uploading sketches to Arduino with XBee

When mounting Arduino-based projects in locations that don't lend themselves to easy access - such as an attic or shed some distance away, it can be a trial to upload new sketch revisions or experiment without some effort. However it's easy to upload sketches remotely with a wireless link to the Arduino instead of a USB cable with an XBee. 

As these tiny modules can operate as a serial bridge, by mounting one in the remote project and another at the local PC you can then upload sketches or monitor serial data output with ease. This process has been documented by Jordan Tallent who shows how easy it is. 

Although he's used 3.3V Arduino-compatible boards, it's easy to use XBee shields or a level converter to work with 5V (e.g. Uno-compatibles) without any effort. To learn more, check out Jordan's project pageAnd for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

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Angus Bates said:

Great to integrate Xbees into Freetronics projects. I think Freetronics need to develop an Xbee sheild

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