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Can I achieve 60m range with standard Xbee module with whip antenna?

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I am looking to get about 60m range outdoors using the Xbee modules. I am currently using the Xbee S1 digimesh product with PCB antenna.

Our product will be battery powered so I am reluctant to move on to the XBee pro. Is it possible to achieve 60m with the standard XBee with a different antenna such as the built in whip antenna option?

Or would I need to move up to the pro to achieve this?

Many thanks

Alex
asked Jan 7, 2015 in RF Solutions and XBee by alexc63 New to the Community (2 points)

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Alex, per page 8 of the manual, if you have RF LOS conditions, you can get up to 300 ft. (100 m)
answered Jan 7, 2015 by mvut Veteran of the Digi Community (14,879 points)
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Thanks for replying. With which antenna is the XBee module using to get these figures though? A wire whip or PCB? Surely this will effect the result?

I carried out a test, not with RF LOS, but with visual LOS (I know these are not the same) and only achieved 30m. I did not think the effect would be so profound.

Many thanks

Alex
answered Jan 8, 2015 by alexc63 New to the Community (2 points)
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