• on Miscellaneous Electronics
  • Published in issue 3/2015 on page 74
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Elektor ZigTexter Network

Elektor ZigTexter Network
Here’s a flexible system to broadcast text messages wirelessly to family members, neighbors, clients, visitors, colleagues, lazy staff, head cooks and bottle washers — all via Zigbee, with a handy message scheduling function built in.
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Zigbee based point-to-multipoint short messaging system
4x40 liquid crystal display
Supply voltage: 8 to 12 V DC
ATtiny2313 microcontroller software written in C
Transmitter software for Windows written in C#
Instant messaging
Message scheduling
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Component list
Component List
(Default: 5%, 250 mW)
R1 = 330Ohm
R2,R6 = 10kOhm
R3 = 100Ohm
R4 = 1.2kOhm
R5 = 3.3kOhm
P1 = 10kOhm trimpot
C1, C2 = 10µF 50V, radial, 2mm pitch
C3 = 100µF 50V, radial, 3.5mm pitch
C4,C5,C6,C7,C8 = 100nF, 5mm pitch
LED1 = LED, red, 3mm
D1 = 1N4007
IC1 = ATtiny2313-20PU, programmed, Elektor Store # 130556-41
IC2 = LP2950-ACZ3.3
IC3 = 7805
K1 = 2-way PCB terminal block, 0.2” pitch
K2 = 2-pin pinheader, 0.1” pitch
MOD1 = XB24-Z7WIT-004 XBee module
2 pcs 10-way SIL socket for XBee module
LCD1 = LCD, alphanumeric, 40 x 4
2 pcs 9-way SIL socket strip for LCD
PCB 130556-1 v. 1.2
Component List
(All 5%, 250 mW)
R1,R2 = 330Ohm
R3 = 1.2kOhm
R4 = 3.3kOhm
C4,C9,C10,C11 = 100nF, 5mm pitch
C5,C6,C7,C8 = 10µF 50V, radial, 2mm pitch
C1,C2 = 10 µF, 50 V, radial, 2mm pitch
C3 = 100µF 50V, radial, 3.5mm pitch
LED1 = LED, red, 3mm
LED2 = LED, green, 3mm
IC1 = MAX232N
D1 = 1N4007
IC3 = 7805
IC2 = LP2950-ACZ3.3
K1 = DC adaptor barrel jack
K2 = 9-way sub-D socket (female), PCB mount
MOD1 = XB24-Z7WIT-004 XBee module
2 pcs 10-way SIL socket strip for XBee module
PCB 130556-2 v. 1.2

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