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Microchip WSN support?

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Wond3rboy

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Hi i want to use the Microchip MRF24J40MA Radio Transceiver Module MRF24J40MA

for a Zigbee project.I want to know whether i need to learn Tiny Os to use the module or i can use PIC languages and use the Zigbee protocol explicitly? I tried looking for this answer on their site but couldnt find it Thanks.
 

3v0

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I am building hardware using the MRF24J40MA. So far I have only looked at the software.

Use a microchip C compiler. Porting the code would be a royal pain. There is an off chance that you can link to the stack but I so not expect it.

Only specific microchip processors are supported. The easiest way to see this is to download the software and run Zena which configures the code/stack.

Study the Microchip ZigBee stack doc's and you will see that user code communicates with the stack with a very small set of functions.

I get the impression that this is not a plug and play process. The microchip forum has posts about various problems that pop up. This is not a well worn path and finding help may be difficult.
 

Wond3rboy

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Thanks 3V0. I saw on its website that the module hs a PCB antenna atached.So do i take that i do not need external circuitry to operate it(hardware for operation of transceiver only)?Cause in the datasheet their is a basic circuitry given to use the transceiver. I will update on any further information i get. I have actually asked some questions from their technical support staff(but their replies i hear come very late).I will ask more questions regarding hardware/software as i move along.
 
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Wond3rboy

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I am building hardware using the MRF24J40MA. So far I have only looked at the software.

Use a microchip C compiler. Porting the code would be a royal pain. There is an off chance that you can link to the stack but I so not expect it.

Only specific microchip processors are supported. The easiest way to see this is to download the software and run Zena which configures the code/stack.

Study the Microchip ZigBee stack doc's and you will see that user code communicates with the stack with a very small set of functions.

I get the impression that this is not a plug and play process. The microchip forum has posts about various problems that pop up. This is not a well worn path and finding help may be difficult.

Hi 3V0, i wanted to know whether you have used the transceiver by now.I went through the stack and the application notes thoroughly.I intend to make a module based on the 18F4620 in the PICDEM Z board scehmatic.Not all of it though.
 

DirtyLude

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Do you need Zigbee specifically? The MiWi stack they offer is simpler to implement and works as a full network protocol. Unless you specifically need Zigbee for some reason I would trade it for the MiWi stack. The cut down MiWi P2P works as well, and has a smaller footprint, if you don't mind loosing a few features.
 

Wond3rboy

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I was looking in to zigbee and trying to get a hold of things.I would like to prefer Zigbee, have your worked with this module(for miwi even)?Thanks.
 
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