Electronic – Solder wire antenna on XBee Pro u.fl


I'd like to buy one XBee Pro with Wire Antenna, and another with an u.fl connector. The problem is that, on the only website I can buy them, the U.Fl one costs 20 € less than the one with a Wire Antenna: I wish I could keep these 20 bucks.

On the other hand, I've already got two unused XBee with Wire Antenna: I wonder whether I could unsolder the U.Fl connector of one XBee Pro, and instead solder the wire antenna of one unused XBee.

So, Could I just replace an U.Fl connector with a Wire Antenna ? Won't this lower the range ? Are the XBee w/ ufl connector different from XBee w/ wire antenna, except for the antenna/connector ?

Best Answer

The main consideration here is the frequency of operation - if the unused XBee and the one with the U.FL connection operate at the same frequency, you'll be fine. It won't make an appreciable difference whether you attach a U.FL antenna or if you solder the other wire antenna on.

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