From Implementing 802.11 with Microcontrollers: Wireless Networking for Embedded Systems Designers

Yeah, I know. This is supposed to be a book based totally on 802.11b technology. While I was traveling the Internet world in search of the Holy Grail of 802.11b, I came across this rabbit. Nope, that's another story. I came across this ZigBee stuff. Everybody seems to be making a big deal about it. So, I decided to get my hands on a ZigBee development kit and see what all of the hoopla was about.

Zig What???

I love my wife. So, ladies don't take this in the wrong way. When I first put ZigBee and IEEE 802.15.4 in the same sentence, I immediately thought of my wife's closet. It's full of shoes. I thought to myself, here's ZigBee, based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard, another pair of 802 dot something shoes in the IEEE 2.4 GHz closet. All I know is what I have read about ZigBee. So, instead of listening to ZigBee hearsay, I decided to take a hard look at ZigBee myself. You and I are about to open a box full of ZigBee goodies from Microchip.

What's in the ZigBee Box

Packed neatly inside the standard Microchip development kit two-piece carton were four printed circuit boards; two 9V batteries, two radio cards (they had the word Antenna silked on them) and a pair of larger printed circuit boards that looked like what you would expect a Microchip development board to look like. I mated one of the radio printed circuit boards to the ZigBee...

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