Article navigation
DRF2659C Zigbee to RS485 interface front view
DRF2659C Zigbee to RS485 interface front view
DRF2659C Zigbee to RS485 interface side view
DRF2659C Zigbee to RS485 interface with bundled accessories

DTK Electronics DRF2659C Zigbee to RS485 interface for Victron systems

No rating yet

Product description

The DTK Electronics DRF2659C is a Zigbee to RS485 converter compatible with Victron-based photovoltaic and energy storage systems (Victron P/N ASS300420100). When paired with the DRF2658C Zigbee to USB interface (P/N ASS300420200), it enables wireless communication between a compatible energy meter, such as the Carlo Gavazzi EM24, ET112 or ET340, and a GX device such as the Cerbo GX.

Additional specifications and description


The DTK Electronics DRF2659C is a compact and reliable wireless interface powered by the Texas Instruments CC2530F256 SoC, using the Zigbee Pro protocol (also known as Zigbee 2007) to communicate with other compatible interfaces.

Thanks to its sensitive antenna (-110 dBm), it can achieve an excellent range of up to 1.6 km with a direct line of sight.

The DRF2659C can operate in a wide temperature range from -40 ºC to 85 ºC.



The device is intended for use with Victron-based PV/ESS systems and a compatible power meter in locations where a wired connection via the Victron RS485 to USB interface is impossible.

The DRF2659C connects to the DRF2658C Zigbee to USB interface via the Zigbee protocol, enabling wireless communication between the power meter and the GX device (a Cerbo GX in this example):

Zigbee interfaces

Venus OS, the operating system running on GX devices, supports many models of energy meters from well-known and respected manufacturers such as Carlo Gavazzi and ABB.

The DRF2659C uses RS485 for data communication with a compatible energy meter (such as the Carlo Gavazzi ET112 and ET340), and power is provided to the DC input terminals (5-12 V).

The role of the energy meters when used in a system with a GX device is to measure the output of a photovoltaic Inverter, an AC generator or as a grid metering device for Energy Storage Systems (ESS), though they can also be used to measure AC loads.


Notes on software and hardware compatibility

Please ensure that your GX device is updated to the latest firmware, as the DRF2659C requires Venus OS v2.54 or newer in order to work.

Victron offered an older model of this converter - DRF2619C (P/N ASS300400100) and the corresponding Zigbee to USB converter DRF2618A (P/N ASS300400100).

The new devices are not backwards compatible and cannot be mixed and matched with the older models.

If you already use a pair of the older devices in your ESS and one of them fails, you will have to switch to the newer models.


Alternative options and other considerations

If it’s possible to run a wired connection between the GX device and the energy meter, we suggest using a Victron RS485 to USB interface cable as a more cost-effective solution.

This communications cable is available in 1.8 m and 5 m options, P/N ASS030572018 and ASS030572050, respectively, with the 5 m version available in our store.

Some Victron-compatible energy meters, such as the Carlo Gavazzi EM24, are equipped with an Ethernet port, making it possible to use a network connection instead of RS485.

While this is also an option, Victron does not recommend using network communication, as the devices will disconnect if there are any issues with the LAN, potentially causing complications.


For more information, please refer to the manufacturer’s documentation available for download on this page.

Alternative articles

Related articles

Frequently asked questions

The OEM (DTK Electronics) hosts the software tool on their website at ...

Remarks, reviews & ratings

No reviews added yet. Be the first who will add one.
Add review and rating
 Webpage not supported in internet explorer use chrome ,firefox or edge 
Report an error