ZigBee Wireless Networking Book

Although my research focus on IEEE 802.15.4, this book is a good reference to understand ZigBee.


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This book is designed to be read from cover-to-cover, tutorial style. Each chapter introduces concepts that are used in later chapters. However, the reader is encouraged to skip ahead if the concepts of any section are already familiar. To keep the reader oriented in each section, some overlap is necessary.

While it is not required, it is helpful to have the ZigBee and IEEE 802.15.4 specifications available when reading this book. I’ll sometimes refer to a section or a concept in those specifications for further reading.

To obtain the ZigBee specification, go to http://www.zigbee.org and click on “Download the Specification.” It is free, and comes in PDF format.

Go to http://standards.ieee.org/getieee802/802.15.html and select “IEEE 802.15.2-2003” to obtain the 802.15.4 standard in PDF format. There is a new draft standard, IEEE 802.15.2-2006, but ZigBee does not currently use that specification.

The chapters are organized as follows.

Chapter 1, “Hello ZigBee,” lays out the basics of ZigBee and its intended use. It describes the ZigBee Alliance, which is the standards body which defines and promotes the ZigBee standard worldwide. This chapter also provides the developer with several ZigBee networking examples, complete with source code.

Chapter 2, “Deciding on ZigBee,” helps the developer make technical and marketing choices about ZigBee, and even helps determine whether ZigBee is the right solution for any given problem. It provides a concise checklist, with all of the ZigBee factors that must be considered throughout the entire product life cycle, from inception through development, deployment, and maintenance.

Chapter 3, “The ZigBee Development Environment,” covers the basics of the ZigBee development environment, and walks the reader through an example, step-by-step, to help gain a full understanding of what’s involved in the development and debug phase. This chapter contains information necessary if the reader plans to follow along with the examples using actual hardware.

Chapter 4, “ZigBee Applications,” goes in-depth into application development, including the fundamentals of ZigBee networks, nodes, addressing, Application Profiles, and the features provided to the application by the Application Framework (AF) and Application Support Sub-layer (APS).

Chapter 5, “ZigBee, ZDO, and ZDP,” describes the ZigBee Device Object (ZDO) and how it interacts with and is used by applications, including how to achieve maximum battery life from ZigBee nodes.

Chapter 6, “The ZigBee Cluster Library,” covers the library of common clusters used for profile and device development. It describes Home Automation in some detail.

Chapter 7, “The ZigBee Networking Layer,” goes in-depth into how ZigBee actually delivers packets from one node to another, including mesh and tree networking. It also discusses some of the table management that must occur for ZigBee nodes to last for years (and decades) in the field with no required maintenance. This chapter also describes security in detail.

Chapter 8, “Commissioning ZigBee Networks,” describes the commissioning process with ZigBee. This topic is critical to the successful deployment and maintenance of ZigBee networks.

Chapter 9, “ZigBee Gateways,” introduces gateways and describes techniques for retrieving information from a ZigBee network, as well as controlling and configuring sensors and actuators from outside the ZigBee network.

Example Source Code

Each chapter contains examples designed to enhance understanding of the ZigBee concepts introduced. Only partial source code is included in the text of this book.

For full source code, including Freescale CodeWarrior project files, go to the web site:


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