Design and Implementation of a Testbed for IEEE 802.15.4 (Zigbee) Performance Measurements

  • Patrick R. Casey1,

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    • Kemal E. Tepe1Email author and

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      • Narayan Kar1

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        EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking20102010:103406

        DOI: 10.1155/2010/103406

        Received: 1 June 2009

        Accepted: 19 February 2010

        Published: 8 April 2010


        IEEE 802.15.4, commonly known as ZigBee, is a Media Access Control (MAC) and physical layer standard specifically designed for short range wireless communication where low rate, low power, and low bandwidth are required. This makes ZigBee an ideal choice when it comes to sensor networks for monitoring data collection and/or triggering process responses. However, these very characteristics bring into question ZigBee's ability to perform reliably in harsh environments. This paper thoroughly explains the experimental testbed setup and execution to demonstrate ZigBee's performance in several practical applications. This testbed is capable of measuring the minimum, maximum, and average received signal strength indicator (RSSI), bit error rate (BER), packet error rate (PER), packet loss rate (PLR), and the bit error locations. Results show that ZigBee has the potential capabilities to be used in all four tested environments.

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        Authors’ Affiliations

        Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Windsor


        © Patrick R. Casey et al. 2010

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