Xbee - Part 5 - Preparing PC and Arduino

Preparing PC

XCTU is preferred network configuration software for Xbee modules. This can be downloaded from

There are two versions -

  • Next generation
  • Legacy XCTU

I found Legacy XCTU more convenient and will suggest to download the same. Most of the tutorials on the internet used the Legacy one so it will easy to get a help from other folks.

Preparing Arduino

Software Serial
It’s good to have ‘software serial’ library installed. Best way to install it to download the latest arduino IDE that have software serial lib in-built in it.




Install this from GitHub - johnmckerrell/xbee-arduino: Fork of the Arduino XBee library