Dragino NB-IoT Bee is a $23 Xbee Compatible NB-IoT Add-on Board

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Several companies are already offering XBee NB-IoT add-on board including Digi International themselves, and SODAQ with their NB-IoT Bee N211 module going for 69 Euros.

Dragino NB-IoT Bee is another option for NB-IoT connectivity using Xbee form factor,  and the board should be cheaper than most as it goes for $23.00 on Tindie with an external antenna.

NB-IoT Bee specifications:

  • NB-IoT module
    • Quectel BC95-B5 for B5:850Mhz, B8:900Mhz, or B20:800Mhz in respectively Nb-IoT Bee QB05, QB08, QB20 models (i.e. one frequency is supported by model)
    • Quectel BG96 for  LTE Cat M1 & Cat NB1 & EGPRS in Nb-IoT Bee QG96 model
  • Output Powe  – 23dBm
  • Sensitivity – -129dBm
  • Micro SIM Slot
  • Input voltage – 4.5v ~ 5.5V
  • Temperature Range – -40°C ~ +85°C

Typical applications for such board include smart metering, facility management services, security & fire alarms, asset tracking, smart city infrastructure and so on. If you are looking specifically for Nb-IoT Bee QG96 add-on board, it’s currently out of stock, but a new batch will arrive on July 15th.

The product page features more documentation including links to the datasheet and a Wiki that explains how to get started with Arduino using Dragino NB-IoT shield with NB-IoT Bee pictured below.

The NB-IoT shield – which includes the Xbee board – sells for $36 on Tindie,  except if you select the version with QC96 with both NB-IoT and LTE  Cat M, in which case the price goes up to $46. [Update: Dragino NB-IoT shield is now also sold for $36 on Seeed Studio]

If you are interested in purchasing in quantities, or/and find a few more details, you may visit the product page on Dragino website.

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