MaxStream Rolls Out XBee-PRO ZigBee-Ready Stand-Alone Radios

8/1/2005 - Adding more flexibility to the line of products supporting the ZigBee and 802.15.4 standards, MaxStream® has released stand-alone XBee-PRO radios that allow for quick connections to both RS-232 and USB enabled devices. The stand-alone XBee-PRO radio is completely compatible with networks operating on XBee and XBee-PRO technology and includes a durable aluminum housing, 2.1 dBi dipole antenna and the choice of an RS-232 or USB connection.

“The recent release of our ZigBee-ready modules saw a huge customer response, and now we are making the XBee product line easier than ever for OEMs and integrators to embrace this emerging wireless technology and incorporate it into an existing design,” said Nick Mecham, MaxStream’s Vice President of Business Development. “The transparent communication capabilities of the XBee stand-alone radios will be ideal for a wide variety of applications that simply need to connect a computer or other device with a common serial [RS-232 or USB] interface to the wireless network.”

The 2.4 GHz XBee-PRO stand-alone radio features the 100 mW (EIRP) XBee-PRO RF module, which is capable of transmitting up to 0.9 miles (1.4 km) in line-of-sight conditions. Communicating at up to 250 Kbps, the XBee-PRO is ZigBee-ready and will be upgradeable to the latest ZigBee compliant networking protocol as it becomes available.

Both the RS-232 and USB radios (part numbers XBP24-PKC-R & XBP24-PKC-U) are now available for purchase directly from MaxStream for $99/each and will be available in August from electronics distributors and resellers.

About MaxStream, Inc.
MaxStream is the leading worldwide developer of wireless modem networking for electronic devices. MaxStream provides wireless modem modules, stand-alone radio modems, RF design services, and supporting software. Specifications are subject to change at any time. Products and services by MaxStream include designing, manufacturing and supporting wireless communications for embedded systems. For more information regarding MaxStream's products and services, contact MaxStream, Inc. at, or call (866) 765-9885.

ZigBee: Wireless Control That Simply Works
The ZigBee Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost-effective, low-power, wirelessly networked, monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. The ZigBee Alliance is a rapidly growing, non-profit industry consortium of leading semiconductor manufacturers, technology providers, OEMs, and end-users worldwide. Membership is open to all. Additional information can be found at

MaxStream, XBee and XBee-PRO are trademarks of MaxStream, Incorporated.

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