ConnectPort® X2e Getting Started Guide

Introduction

Thank you for purchasing a ConnectPort X2e product. The ConnectPort X2e is a compact gateway that provides low-cost IP connectivity of RF devices and sensor networks. Featuring an easy development environment, the ConnectPort X2e enables custom applications to run on the device, with access to either XBee® or ZigBee® wireless networks through an XBee RF interface, while providing WAN connectivity to cloud-based applications through Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or cellular interfaces.

The X2e for Developers and Smart Energy

The ConnectPort X2e supports two different user possibilities: The Python ZigBee Framework for Developers and the ZigBee Smart Energy Profile. Your implementation path will depend on the option you choose.

The Python ZigBee Framework for Developers is an end-to-end development environment, Digi ESP™ for Python, that allows for rapid M2M-specific application development on the industry standard Python scripting engine. The Digi ESP for Python environment is an IDE featuring device detection, debugging, compiling, and downloading of code to Digi gateways.

The Smart Energy Profile defines a wireless home area network (HAN) to manage energy in residential areas. These networks are local to the home and connect through a gateway back to the Utility head-end application.

Setting up your ConnectPort X2e

This Getting Started Guide will walk you through the steps required to set up your Connectport X2e. These steps include:

  • Step 1 - Connect hardware.
  • Step 2 - Determine your environment.
    • If you are setting up a development environment: install Digi ESP for Python and build your first application.
    • If you are managing energy in a home environment: set up your Smart Energy network.
  • Step 3 - Deployment considerations: information about default behaviors to consider when deploying and managing ConnectPort X2e devices.
  • Step 4 - Configure the ConnectPort X2e, if necessary to allow it connect to your network.

To begin the process of setting up your ConnectPort X2e, proceed with the first step, Components.

 

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