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very nice! in your project instructions, one method of connection that you show (as also shown on these pictures) is to connect the regular straight headers parallel to the PCB, just soldering them to the holes, but the pins don’t actually go through the holes. I’m wondering is this method mechanically stable enough, compared to through-hole soldering?
Thats a good question. It -isnt- as good as through hole but I just gave my board a really good twist and because all 10 pins are soldered with plenty of solder, they held up just fine. If one uses right-angle header, it’ll also bend, of course. I’d say its not as strong as a foot but as strong as a hand 🙂 (note that the xbee probably cant compete against a foot either!)
Pretty cool! I think a “dongle” version would be nice too (basically adding a FTDI chip to the board), so I do not have to use the special cable for the computer’s side of the communication.