Xbee wireless remote


I would like to create a simple zigbee 2 device network which will be used for the purpose of operating a couple of switches and reading and transmitting some ADC values. Kind of like a short range remote control. (100 m)

Now I can either use microcontrollers on both ends and just use the TX/RX function or just use one microcontroller and use the analog/digital i/o of the zigbee devices. Is it possible to eliminate the microcontroller completely?

Also do i need to buy a development kit to get started or can i just buy a module and use a microcontroller to program it.

I have never worked with this kind of system before and would really appreciate any help you can give.

Warm Regards,