Ppolstra:XBee Cape

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BeagleBone XBee Cape

The BeagleBone XBee Cape allows an XBee radio module from Digi to be connected to the BeagleBone and BeagleBone Black. The connections is via /dev/ttyO2. The board features association and transmit/receive LEDs and a programming header. XBee modules can be configured directly on this cape when using a 3.3V FTDI cable.


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Revision Changes

Revision A0

Initial release of BeagleBone XBee Cape

Software Support

  • BeagleBone XBee Cape revision A0 is supported by all official version of Debian, Ubuntu 12.04 and higher, and all versions of The Deck Linux.

Getting Started

Required setup:

  • A BeagleBone XBee Cape
  • A BeagleBone (with supported software)
  • A 5V DC power supply (we recommend 5V - 2A)
  • An XBee Module (optional)

Following the instructions below to start using your BeagleBone XBee Cape:

  1. Mount the XBee Cape to the BeagleBone.
  2. If your chosen Linux distro doesn't include the MeshDeck download it from http://facstaff.bloomu.edu/ppolstra.
  3. Either install the MeshDeck or copy the .dtbo file to your /lib/firmware directory.
  4. If you didn't install the MeshDeck you may need to execute the command "echo XBeeFullCape0001 > /sys/devices/bone_capemgr.9/slots" as root to create the /dev/ttyO2 device.


Followings are some specifications of the BeagleBone XBee Cape:

Electrical Specifications

Power 3.3V via BeagleBone header up to 250 mA 5V via BeagleBone header

Mechanical Specifications

Size 4.00" x 2.50"
Layers 4
PCB Thickness .062"


EEPROM Suport Yes
Board Name XBee Full Cape
Version 00A0
Manufacturer Dr. Phil Polstra
Part Number XBeeFullCape0001
Pins Used 4


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