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Zigbee is an open wireless mesh network protocol managed by the Zigbee Alliance group. It is designed to transmit small amounts of data between low-power devices on the network. Zigbee is used in residential and commercial building automation environments, industrial heating and cooling systems, and in the medical device sector.
Zigbee is a local area network (LAN) protocol, whereas Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is more focused around connectivity of mobile devices in close proximity to a central host device.
The Zigbee Cluster Library (ZCL) defines a set of functions and profiles that allow device manufacturers to meaningfully communicate with each other via the protocol. For example, there are Zigbee clusters that define standardized instructions for sensing, lighting and HVAC devices. Zigbee supports both star, tree and mesh network structures and requires a coordinator device to manage the connectivity.
IOTech’s Zigbee device connector supports detailed communication with Zigbee devices including support for a key set of Zigbee verified cluster types.
The Zigbee device connector implements the following key features:
Reading responses from a Zigbee 3.0 enabled device that supports at least one of the verified clusters
Support for handling multiple simultaneous responses from devices
Sending commands to a Zigbee 3.0 enabled device that supports at least one of the verified clusters
Supported Zigbee verified clusters are Basic, On/Off, Level and Color Control
When forming a new Zigbee network, the connector allows for unsecured device connection and communication
Configurable Zigbee baud rate for connecting to the network
Support for Boolean, Int8, Uint8, Int16, Uint16, Int32, Uint32, Int64, Uint64, Float32, Float64 and String data types
Note: The Zigbee device connector requires access to a Zigbee Network Co-Processor (NCP) module running "ezsp version 0x07 stack type 0x02".
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