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XRF Wireless RF Radio Module (XBee Shape)

SKU: 005-R001

$24.34 AUD, inc GST
$22.13 AUD, exc GST
XRF Wireless RF Radio Module (XBee Shape)

SKU: 005-R001

$24.34 AUD, inc GST
$22.13 AUD, exc GST
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Retired Product


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

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This product has been retired and kept here for reference.

New data sheet now available here

Support documentation available here

Incredible results over 3Km using a pair on standard whip antennas using a PICAXE on the openmicros forum here 

New - 2.54mm break out board available see other items

Been looking for an easy to use wireless module for your prototypes? One with superior range (upto 1Km), greater in building penetration, lower current consumption and lower cost? We think the XRF might be what you have searched for.

The communication of the device is normal serial, it transparently passes characters to and from XRF's. You don't need to do CRC's, any error checking etc it's all done for you.

XBee socket friendly 2 x 10 pin 2mm pitch layout RF module, in many projects it'll be a drop in replacement for series 1 XBees. Potentially this means your existing code needs no changes.

  • You'll need to program the device for 433MHz for operation in Australia.
  • Can specify a network identifier PANID to separate communications into separate networks if desired.
  • Based on the Texas Instruments CC1110 combined micro & RF transceiver, runs at 868.3Mhz, same chip can support 315, 433, 900 & 915Mhz
  • Over the air data rate of 250Kbps with a max of 500Kbps
  • Fits our XBS shield and XINO Pro boards and is a total drop in replacement for XBee
  • Can be programmed in it's own right. We suggest the free version of IAR's C compiler as there is TI sample code published on the web or you can use SDCC
  • Supports serial bootloading for firmware updates without a hardware programmer and using just RX/TX
  • Facilitates remote Arduino/Xino over-the-air programming
  • v1.5 now has 5v tolerant serial in so you can use with a 5v micro without level conversion.
  • Supports 128bit AES encryption like all the other devices do.


NOTE: new firmware supports 2 sleep states, the lowest being a miraculous 0.2 microamps.
PCB can support straight or right angled RP-SMA for easy connection to external antennas (new v1.5 supports end shot too)

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Product Comments

Customer Reviews

  1. Review by ulrich - Good product and service verified purchaser

    It works and is easy to use. Service is also excellent, when I ordered not all my parts were available for immediate shipment so instead of me waiting core electronics send what was available free of charge. (Posted on 10/03/2014)

  2. Review by Harrison - Very very pleased with product and service!

    I was originally using Xbee s2 and had too many problems. Straight out of the box these XRF modules worked perfectly. A great alternative to the Xbees, and cheaper too! Not only that, service from core electronics is excellent! (Posted on 25/10/2013)

  3. Review by David - Excellent verified purchaser

    Arrived quickly by mail and worked as described straight out of the box without any setup. Seems like a much cheaper but very comparable alternative to xbee radios. Very happy with the purchase. (Posted on 1/10/2013)

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