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ZigBee - is it worth to learn about?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by atferrari, May 5, 2014.

  1. atferrari

    atferrari Well-Known Member

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    I run across several posts and articles about ZigBee in the last weeks, so I started to read about it.

    Started to consider implementing a basic application to gain some familiarity.

    I would like to hear any comments, even if brief about actual usage of ZigBee.

    Simply put: is it worth?
     
  2. ronsimpson

    ronsimpson Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    There are many short distance RF links.

    ZigBee (or anything on a mesh network) can reach great distances by relaying a signal from one radio to the next and the next until the signal finely reached the fare receiver.

    There is great power in the ZigBee.
     
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  3. Overclocked

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    IMHO I dont think so, but I havent done any long range comms. Bluetooth Class 1 Can Reach up to 100 meters (328 ft) if you need long range com and a simple protocol (Uses UART). To me, Zigbee seems rather complex when all you want (and need) is simple serial communication.
     
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