Full-featured cape for BeagleBone and BeagleBone Black to connect XBee (IEEE 802.15.4 or ZigBee) radios to a beagle. The XBee radios provide reliable communication for distances as great as a mile (1.6km). The cape has a socket for an identification EEPROM as well as jumpers to select among the four available cape addresses. There is also a connection for a 3.3V FTDI cable that allows the XBee radios to be programmed and configured without removing them from the cape and installing them into a USB XBee adapter. The board supports transmit/receive and association LEDs. There are also jumpers on the board for users that wish to use the hardware reset and sleep pins on the XBee module. This is for the kit consisting of PCB and components only, no XBee modules or the programming cable are included
This cape was developed in order to allow hacking from a distance with multiple BeagleBone-based devices. This cape is fully described in the book Hacking and Penetration Testing with Low Power Devices by Philip Polstra.
When the board was first designed there were no commercially available XBee capes. Of the options that have come out since then (including suspiciously similar designs) this is the only version to support an identification EEPROM and on-board programming of the XBee via an FTDI cable.
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Dr. Phil Polstra is an internationally recognized hardware hacker. He has spoken at many top conferences worldwide including repeat performances at Blackhat, DEFCON, 44CON, GrrCON, ForenSecure, and B-sides Iowa. His most recent work developing hacking hardware based on the Beagle family of devices is documented in his book Hacking and Penetration Testing with Low Power Devices (Syngress, 2015).
Dr. Polstra is an Associate Professor in the department of Math, Computer Science, and Statistics at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. When not teaching, creating new electronic devices, performing penetration tests, or providing infosec consulting services he has been known to fly, teach others how to fly, and build aircraft. He is an accomplished aviator with thousands of hours of flight time in various aircraft and a dozen aviation ratings/certificates, all of which are current. He is licensed as a commercial pilot, flight instructor, airplane mechanic, aircraft inspector, and avionics technician.