FS1000A and XY-MK-5V 433MHz RF modules: overview

One of the cheapest (but not the best) solutions for DIY wireless data transmission between different devices (Arduino and other microcontrollers) is a pair of 433MHz modules: FS1000A and XY-MK-5V. A set of them (you will need one transmitter and one receiver) costs about $1. Pretty cheap, right?

FS1000A and XY-MK-5V

Of course, there is a price to pay. Those modules are as simple as possible. They do not offer anything like error correction, RSSI, frequency hopping, or even two directional transmission. They offer only basic functionality: receiver reports digital ONE when transmitter detects ONE on the input (if in range, of course). Everything above that has to be done in the software.

Of course, there are at least couple of libraries for different microcontrollers (Arduino and similar) like VirtualWire or RadioHead. But well, their functionality is still limited.

FS1000A

The transmitter. Smaller of the pair.

  • Connectors: Vcc (power), GND (ground) and ATAD (DATA, device transmits when HIGH state is applied)
  • Working voltage: 3-12V. Higher voltage = more power = more range
  • Current while transmitting: 28mA
  • Range: “up to 200m”. I will check that later
  • Data speed: up to 10Kbps, but range drops considerably with speed above 2400bps
  • Sold without antenna. No antenna = limited range. To make an antenna, just solder 165mm of copper wire to ANT pad

XY-MK-5V

The receiver. The bigger one.

  • Connectors: GND, 2x DATA, Vcc
  • Voltage: 5V. Very sensitive to voltage fluctuations. Always use stabilized power source and decoupling capacitor
  • Current while standby: 4mA
  • Sold without antenna. 165mm of copper wire solves the problem

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