Difference between Xbee3 & S2C & S1

I’m searching for something to setup a lower power (Battery) Mesh Network. In my search I came out on the XBEE3. In my previous job, I have heard about it (XBEE 2) but never used it myself. It’s looks very interesting but I have some questions. In the description it was mentioned that it is one module for all protocols including Zigbee and DigiMesh. So if I understand correctly Xbee S1 is DigiMesh, XBEE S2C is Zigbee, XBEE 3 can do both?
I’m not sure jet which protocol I’m going to use. What I like to create is an automation system. The inputs are battery supplied, they mostly sleep. All non-electrical outputs will be battery supplied as well, such as valves (Water and compressed air), because there is no electrical connection nearby. For the electrical components I can do an AC-DC conversion. What do you recommend?
I don’t think it is possible but I have to ask, is there a possibility that de XBEE can wake up by an wireless command?
I can program the XBEE 3 in MicroPyton, what do I need for it? Software, hardware? Can all XBEE’s be programmed?

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Hey hello,

I know it is one year later+, but I am curios/wondering how your project went? I would really like to chat about it. Im a noob and am just now beginning to tackle a project with the use of several XBees in a network actuating some simple valves. I dont know much but am learning a lot in a small amount of time. Still, I have no clue how to choose between the models (1,2,3)… by default I was aiming to go with XBee 3(s). Thanks! Look forward to hearing back.

Xbee3 is a combination of 1 and 2. You can use zigbee, digimesh and 802. …
I used it as send receiver. Don’t know if it’s possible to use it without an controller.

Choose a protocol, read that manual. Send the instructions like it is explained. Standard it use uart. SPi is also possible.

I started with a raspberry pi and desktop. Learn to program fast is not possible. I spent several 100 of hours on it. Learning, testing an understanding. And my sender is only done.

This private projectis on hold because i become a father twins and they take all the time.

In my professional life, I’ma software engineer. And to our newbies we say. Test, understand an most important RTFM Read The F**king manual.

Good luck.
On windowspc,u can use xctu fot testing