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IP-Based WPAN and WLAN

WPAN networks have adopted protocols that are typically not Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), at least from the outset. The protocol stacks for Bluetooth, Zigbee, and Z-Wave have similarities to a true TCP/IP protocol but don't inherently communicate over TCP/IP. There are adaptations of IP on Zigbee (using Zigbee-IP) and IP over Bluetooth (using IPSP to support 6LoWPAN) that do exist. Later in this chapter, we will cover an example of a WPAN using the 802.15.4 protocol with a true IPv6 (Thread) compatible layer capable of joining any IPv6 network.

This chapter will also cover the standards around Wi-FiTM using the IEEE 802.11 protocols. While typically thought of as a wireless LAN (WLAN), 802.11 ...

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