After realizing the Particle mesh would not fit the needs of one larger project I want to move forward with I decided Digi’s XBee Digimesh 900MHz Radios are a better fit due to increased 1 mile urban range, a stable platform with 10 million units sold, and from what I read can handle at least 128 nodes per network, and there is good windows software for easy setup and troubleshooting.
These are more expensive radios but they are different and they have all the certifications behind them unlike a lot of LORA radios.
There is a ported Particle XBee library in the library already that’s been downloaded 1,800 times so I’m hoping it works well.
I have all 4 radios programmed to be on the same Digimesh network and this was super easy. Now my next step is to use the Particle XBee library to get a Photon to communicate with the XBee 900 HP you see pictured.
I plan on communicating using the API Data Fame method that is included in the library since its the most flexible.
I’m probably going to need some help some so I figured I would just share this here in case somebody else finds its useful for their own needs.
My goal is basically setup an advanced pager like network where alerts and message data can be broadcast to all nodes when needed on the Digimesh radio network that still works without the need for WiFi or Cellular.
I want to use the Photon and Electron for their stability to allow the Digimesh network to access and push data to then web when needed.
I wanted to ask if any body else on here has worked with this equipment combo along with the Xbee library to community in API Mode? Please share your experience if you have.