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

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

Abstracts

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

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Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Windsor

Copyright

© Patrick R. Casey et al. 2010

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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