Digi International has introduced the XBee-PRO ZNet 2.5, an extended-range RF module designed for ZigBee mesh networking. The powerful XBee-PRO ZNet 2.5 provides up to 1 mile (1.6 km) RF line-of-sight transmission, significantly increasing the number of applications in which ZigBee mesh networking can be used. It is the latest addition to Digi’s Drop-in Networking product family and is fully compatible with any other XBee ZNet 2.5 Drop-in Networking product, including RF modules, adapters, wall routers and gateways.

The XBee-PRO ZNet 2.5 provides reliable, wireless data communication over ZigBee networks and satisfies the unique needs of low-cost, low-power wireless applications. It is a fully compatible, pin-swappable extended-range counterpart to the cost optimized XBee ZNet 2.5 which provides up to 400 feet RF line-of-sight transmission. The XBee-PRO ZNet 2.5 operates on the 2.4 GHz ISM band making it appropriate for use worldwide. It is easy to use and ready to operate out of the box, will be available with four antenna options, has a small form factor and shares the XBee footprint.

XBee RF modules are part of Digi’s full line of Drop-in Networking solutions. Drop-in Networking products provide end-to-end connectivity to commercial-grade electronic devices in locations where wired infrastructure does not exist or satisfy customer needs.

The XBee-PRO ZNet 2.5 is available now for $27.60 in quantities of 1,000. Development kits are also available for $339 that include all of the tools necessary to make deployment easy.