In this hands-on guide, we'll show you how to use the mobile app version of Digi XCTU:
Digi XBee 3 in micro, through-hole and SMT modules, and Digi XBee 3 Cellular
The XBee Mobile App works with:
Let's get our hands dirty with a Digi XBee 3 Zigbee radio module so you can see for yourself how easy and convenient it is to configure an XBee 3 from your smartphone or tablet with the XBee Mobile App.
Note: All Digi XBee 3 modules are ready to run Bluetooth. Those with a PCB or Chip antenna require no further components. U.FL modules require an external 2.4 GHz antenna. RF Pad modules expect to be connected to an antenna at the board level. Digi XBee 3 Cellular modems require connecting an external 2.4 GHz Bluetooth antenna, in addition to the cellular LTE antenna normally used. Bluetooth can function even without these antennas, however range will be greatly reduced, so this is not recommended.
Before using the XBee Mobile App, youll want to activate Bluetooth on your Digi XBee 3 and assign it a password using the XCTU application on a Windows, MacOS or Linux computer.
Digi XBee 3 module added to XCTU
Digi XBee 3 Bluetooth Options in XCTU
Bluetooth password dialog in XCTU
Configure Bluetooth authentication in XCTU
Your Digi XBee 3 radio module now has Bluetooth activated and will allow secure connections from the XBee Mobile application. You can leave the XBIB evaluation board connected to the computer for power, or change to a portable USB battery power supply to go fully wireless.
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The XBee Mobile application is a free download for both Android and iOS. Download it onto your tablet or smartphone and launch the app to continue. Be sure to review the XBee Mobile App documentation. Once the app is installed with your XBee 3 radio module powered on, youre ready to connect.
When you start the XBee Mobile app, it will search for all nearby Bluetooth-enabled XBee 3 radio modules.
Searching for devices
When you have entered the correct password, the XBee 3 device configuration categories will be displayed. Notice that the module is identified by only its MAC address; the Name field is blank by default.
XBee device configuration
Entering a new setting is very easy. Lets give the XBee 3 a real name, so we can label it in a human-friendly fashion. For example, in a municipal street lighting application, we might give it a label like "Streetlight 476". Tap the Addressing category to see the current setup. Scroll down to Node Identifier, which is blank by default. Tap on this field to enter new text, typing in "Streetlight 476". Tap the Write button once you are done.
The information you entered in Node Identifier was saved to the XBee 3. It can be displayed in addition to the radio modules MAC address, making it easier to identify it wirelessly when many others are present. You will see this Node Identifier displayed inside the XBee Mobile application as "Name: Streetlight 476".
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Tap Options at the top right of the screen to display various read/write commands for this category, as well as some basic control functions. For now, just tap Cancel and then tap < Back at the top left of the screen to return to the Device Information page. Tapping Options here shows just the basic control functions. Tap Disconnect to end your session.
There are a lot of settings to choose from. In many applications the factory defaults will be optimal. Its best to change only what you need to, though dont be afraid to experiment within your test environment. Its a great way to learn. Here are some you might want to look at first, since they are more frequently customized:
This tutorial guided you through using the Digi XBee Mobile App to connect with and configure a Digi XBee 3 device over Bluetooth. You searched for and connected to an XBee 3 radio module, viewed basic information, listed various configuration categories, changed several firmware settings and saw how to remotely reset the module.