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Programming an XBee without a dev board??

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Hello,

I have developed a PCB with an XBee3 MMT chip soldered directly onto the PCB. Is there a way to program the XBee3 MMT chip without a development board? I didn't think about how I would program the chip until I have finished the PCB design.

Is there an easy way to upload firmware/run software on an xbee device without taking it off the PCB? Or do I have to make the XBee3 MMT on PCB removeable rather than permanently soldered?

Thank you very much

slight update... the coordinator module will not be on a custom PCB.. only the remote modules are on a custom PCB. so the coordinator would have a direct line to PC.. yet the remote modules prerassembled/soldered on PCB are what I am interested in making sure they are programmable easily (rather than shooting myself in the foot here and making them unreachable).
asked Oct 12 in XBee3 ZigBee by edunn106 New to the Community (24 points)
edited Oct 12 by edunn106

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Did you take into account for the required pins for programming listed on page 31 of the manual https://www.digi.com/resources/documentation/digidocs/pdfs/90001543.pdf
answered Oct 12 by mvut Veteran of the Digi Community (13,332 points)
selected Oct 12 by edunn106
and in order to be on the same network, at the minimum, would be having the modules in the network to have identical PAN id's. correct. so if i did this, ordered the soldered on XB3 MMT on PCB.. it would come with a blank config.. so it would be undiscoverable and unprogrammable.. I would need to give it the same PAN id as the coordinator module in order for it to be reachable / FOTA capable? so no matter what... at the onset of delivery of new devices, I need to access the remote module and configure it with XCTU prior to succeeding in an FOTA event?
No, this is not the case. It comes configured as a router waiting for a Zigbee coordinator. Simply set CE to 1 on your Master radio and the router will join the network.  No setting of the PAN ID required.
wowzers. thank you kindly.

so, quick conclusion - i dont need to facilitate any headers / connections on my remote module PCB design.. should be good to go with FOTA capability.
that is correct
thank you. you are awesome.
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