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Explorer Plus - 5 in 1 USB interface for Xbee, XRF, RFu etc EXP+

SKU: 005-B009

$45.09 AUD, inc GST
$40.99 AUD, exc GST
Explorer Plus - 5 in 1 USB interface for Xbee, XRF, RFu etc EXP+

SKU: 005-B009

$45.09 AUD, inc GST
$40.99 AUD, exc GST


  • $6.95 Standard (2-4 days, tracked)
  • $9.95 Express (Overnight*, tracked)
  • $3 Economy Post* (3-7 days, no tracking)
  • FREE Pickup (Newcastle only)

Shipping costs may increase for heavy products or large orders.

Exact shipping can be calculated on the view cart page.

*Conditions apply, see shipping tab below.

This product has been retired and kept here for reference.

Ciseco expect you are going to be delighted about this over any competitive other product. It utilises their new SRF-U module instead of the single function serial only FTDI chip (this matches what we did with the Xino RF). What it means for you, is you get lots of new extra functionality over the older design for not much extra cost (less than $3). The five main functions are:

  • USB to radio (talk to any XRF, ERF, URF, SRF & ARF)
  • USB to serial FTDI (the 6 pin ribbon cable plugs into the top header and can then be used like an FTDI cable)
  • USB to XBee/XRF (just like the old interface use RF and reprogram firmware on XRF modules)
  • USB to RFu series (Has an auto reset jumper to enable the in place serial programming of the RFu Arduino programmable device)
  • USB to RF over the air programming (to an appropriate micro with an XRF or SRF set to OTAMP)

Note - this listing is for the Explorer Plus module only - the products listed above are not included.

The interface is encased in a smart, strong black enclosure. You will need a standard mini USB cable, we didn't include one as we thought most of us have drawers full of them from old phones and other equipment.


  • Software configurable from 868 to 915Mhz for worldwide ISM compliance
  • Default frequency of 868.3Mhz
  • Supports 128bit AES encryption
  • Market leading 250 Byte buffer
  • Supports over the air programming to an XRF, SRF-S, XinoRF or RFu-328
  • 6 pin FTDI style breakout
  • 6 pin to 6 pin ribbon cable to program FTDI stle devices
  • Has LED indicators for RX, TX, SRF heart beat and combined for heartbeat / RSSI
  • USB protected by poly fuse
  • 800ma 3.3v 1117 regulator
  • Jumper selection for Serial or RF operation
  • RX/TX can be reversed by jumpers to support the firmware updating on the SRF-S
  • Enable jumper for Auto Reset on the RFu-328
  • Manual reset switch
  • On board chip antenna for compactness
  • Hole for adding a wire whip antenna (82.2mm for 868Mhz)
  • U.Fl landing pads for adding a connector to an external antenna
  • USB mini B connection
  • Can be specially ordered in a cream / grey colour instead of black (takes 2-3 weeks)
  • Made in the UK

Technical data

  • Dimensions: 66mm x 66mm x 28mm



Related or associated products

  • XRF radio

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Product Comments

Exact shipping can be calculated on the view cart page (no login required).

We deliver Australia-wide with these options:

  • $3 for Small Items (3-7 days, not tracked, only available on selected small items)
  • $6.95 for Standard Post (2-4 days, tracked)
  • $9.95 for Express Post (Overnight for most of Australia, 2+ days for rural, tracked)
  • Pickup - Free! Only available to customers who live in the Newcastle region (only after we email you to notify your order is ready)

International Orders - the following rates are for New Zealand and will vary for other countries:

  • $11.49 for Pack and Track (3+ days, tracked)
  • $16.50 for Express International (2-5 days, tracked)

If you order lots of gear, the postage amount might increment based on the weight of your order.

Our physical address (here's a PDF which includes other key business details):

Unit 18, 132 Garden Grove Parade
NSW, 2289

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