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40 Mile ZigBee Range with MaxStream XBee XTender

Posted in News by Paul Patterson on October 27th, 2006

XBee XTender RF BridgeThe MaxStream XBee XTender Wireless Bridge extends the range of ZigBee and 802.15.4 networks up to 40 miles. This will provide a viable solution to those customers who want to monitor locations beyond the range of ZigBee networks.

MaxStream has combined the capabilities of the XBee and XTend devices into the XBee XTender. This new wireless bridge permits networks operating under the ZigBee or 802.15.4 wireless standards to communicate data up to 40 miles away via the 900 MHz 1-Watt XTend RF modem.

“As a ZigBee market leader, MaxStream has unique visibility into practical problems faced by customers implementing ZigBee and 802.15.4 networks,” said Larry Kraft, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Digi International. “The XBee XTender is a fast, easy way to wirelessly connect to remote ZigBee networks.”

ZigBee is a specification for high level communication protocols based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard. ZigBee operates in the industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) radio bands and is intended to be simpler and cheaper than other WPANs such as Bluetooth. The ZigBee and 802.15.4 standards focus on low-cost, low-power wireless monitoring and controlling of electronic devices.

The XBee XTender will be available in December starting at $399.