newsoftserial / xbee help

hi all,

can anyone help me understand how to use the nss library with my xbee? my data needs to flow like this: max/msp –> arduino sketch –> out xbee module (using an xbee shield). i just need push in the right direction.

…i am assuming nss can help me with this? as it is now, the xbee shield does not let the arduino accept data from the computer if the xbee is transmitting via a running sketch.