Chapter 11

Wireless Communication – Bluetooth and Zigbee


This chapter introduces concepts and applications relating to wireless data communication. It starts with a review of the principles, including the electromagnetic spectrum, radio transceivers, protocols and antennae. The background to short distance, personal area network protocols is introduced, through reference to IEEE Working Groups. Bluetooth is introduced, and trialled using the RN-41 Bluetooth module. The RN-41 is used to develop key Bluetooth concepts. Simple PC-to-mbed, and mbed-to-mbed Bluetooth links are demonstrated. The Zigbee protocol, its typical networks and applications are introduced. XBee radio modules are used to illustrate simple Zigbee links, in Transparent ...

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