Assembling the NKC Electronics XBee Shield V3.0 KIT

Assembling the NKC Electronics XBee Shield V3.0 KIT

A new version of this kit is available as V4

The NKC Electronics XBee Shield V3.0 KIT is an enhanced version of the original Arduino XBee Shield. It is sold in a DIY kit format and it comes with all the components required to assemble a full XBee Shield that is pin-compatible with all Arduino format compliant boards (Arduino, Freeduino, Seeeduino, etc).
First, unpack the kit

Xbee Shield V3.0 KIT

and start with the PCB.

Let’s start with the power portion of the schematic using the following parts:

IC1 TLV2217-33 Voltage Regulator (TO-220 package)
C1 100nF ceramic capacitor
C2, C3 10uF electrolytic capacitor

xbee shield v3.0 KIT

Next continue with the transistor, LEDs and other discrete components:

xbee shield v3.0 KIT

R1 10K resistor
R2 15K resistor
R3, R4 1K resistor
R5 330ohm resistor
RSSI 3mm LED
ASSOCIATE 3mm LED blue (transparent)
T1 BC547 transistor
reset tactile switch

Solder the sockets and pin headers:

xbee shield v3.0 KIT

Next step: Insert the jumpers:

xbee shield v3.0 KIT

There are 4 jumpers. J1 and J2 are for upgrading the firmware on the XBee module. Leave open for normal operation (both J1 and J2 open).

xbee shield v3.0 KIT

Pay special attention to the alignment of the female headers. The 2×3 female socket must be placed with the female portion facing down. This board takes some signals from the ICSP connector, so this socket is mandatory.

And this is the final picture of the XBee Shield V3.0 assembled and ready to use. XBee module is not included in the kit and must be purchased separately.

xbee shield v3.0 KIT

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