CC2530 + CC2590/CC2591/CC2592/RFX2401 routers

Nowadays, some manufacturers offer boards with additional power amplifiers for the radio signal. These boards may cover a rather large area than the regular CC2530. The standard router firmware does not work with these boards.

Example: EBYTE E18-MS1PA1-IPX

Therefore I’ve prepared particular versions:

http://ptvo.info/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/cc2530_cc2590_1.2.2a.44539_firmware.zip
http://ptvo.info/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/cc2530_cc2591_1.2.2a.44539_firmware.zip
http://ptvo.info/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/cc2530_cc2592_1.2.2a.44539_firmware.zip

The RFX2401 power amplifier has wiring identical to CC2590. Please, use the firmware for cc2530 + cc2590.

Your comments are welcome!

Notes:

  1. These boards require a power supply with stable high output current (500mA). Double check cheap Chinese power sources.
  2. Double check the distance between pins or pin pads. For example, EBYTE board has 1.27 mm between pins. It is very hard to solder.

Comments
Harvey Specter
Posted at 01:03 May 13, 2019
Jed anderson
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Hello I got some of the  E18-MS1PA1-IPX
…I have some questions:

1.- to flash the firmware… I must use : pin1 ground, pin2 vcc, pin3 p.2.2, pin4 p.2.1 and p24 reset? (In some other tutorials they use a second vcc conection but this modules only have pin2 as vcc)

2.- do you know some breakout board for this modules?

Best regards
Jed

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 04:02 May 13, 2019
    Owner
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    Author

    Hello,

    1. Yes, correct. I’ve only used these pins (pin1-pin4, pin24).
    2. No, I don’t know. I’ve soldered thin wires directly to the module.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 15:26 July 11, 2019
Thomas
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Hello!

How much of an improvement of coverage is possible with these in comparison to a CC2531, a CC2530 and a CC2530+CC2591 with external Antenna?
Also has anyone tried an EBYTE E18-2G4Z27SI which is advertised with 500 mW and up to 2.5 km?

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 12:34 July 13, 2019
    Owner
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    Author

    CC2530+CC2591 with external Antenna works much better. It replaced 3 cc2531 routers in my home. I think, 500mW is a fake, because it has the similar schematic as CC2530+CC2591. If you’ll find a data sheet for the power amplifier, you can see 100 mW output power.

      Harvey Specter
      Posted at 01:49 July 14, 2019
      Thomas
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      Author

      Thank you!

      How would you rate the CC2591 in comparison to the CC2592?
      After a CC2531 with PCB-antenna and a CC2530 with external antenna I now have a WeBee board with CC2530+CC2591, but I’m a little disappointed with the increase in the reported linkquality values from the Aqara sensors. Would it be worth it to order an EBYTE E18-MS1PA1-IPX?

        Harvey Specter
        Posted at 04:41 July 15, 2019
        Owner
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        Author

        I have boards with CC2591 and CC2592. I didn’t find any visible differences in my setup. I’m not sure that EBYTE E18-MS1PA1-IPX will help.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 20:51 August 20, 2019
Yeison
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Hello!

I tried to look into your differents posts and attaches files and I was not able to find the firmware called “CC2530ZNP-Pro-Secure_LinkKeyJoin_RXF2401.hex”

I have a GB2530 with a CC2530 + RFX2401, I am using the develop board from GBAN.

Do you know where I can find it?

Thanks!

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 05:08 August 21, 2019
    Owner
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    Author

    You need firmware for a coordinator. I have firmware for routers only.

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