Wireless Control of AC Devices with a PowerSwitch Tail

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2) Assemble the Parts

To control a high voltage AC device with an XBee, you’ll need:

  • XBee 802.15.4 Radio
  • PowerSwitch Tail II – You can use the previous version if it’s all you have, but it will require more circuitry to actuate the relay.
  • Hookup wire – We’ll be using a spool of two conductor wire to connect the PowerSwitch Tail to our circuit.
  • Small, flat-head screwdriver
  • Breadboard
  • Jumper cables
  • XBee Breakout Board – for your circuit.
  • XBee Explorer USB – for programming your radio.
  • A DC power source, 2.8 – 3.3V – We’ll be using two C batteries in a battery holder from Radio Shack.

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