This is a popular and simple breakout board for XBee, optimized for breadboard mounting and gateway applications, in other ways when you use it only as an interface. It can be directly connected to the FTDI cable or to a de-chipped Arduino board, the breakout board has all the components needed to interface with 5V boards, don’t forget that the XBee needs 3,3V.
There is also a detailed tutorial how to install and use the usb to serial converter and how to configure and test the XBee module, where you can set the XBee parameters which are also explained in details.
Great guide, you can’t go wrong using it.
XBee breakout board: [Link]