802.15.4 (ZigBee) Protocol Comparison

Creating wireless networks can be done using a variety of RF protocols. Some protocols are proprietary to individual vendors, others are industry standards. This Technical Brief will explore the ZigBee protocol industry standard for data transmission, and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.15.4 protocol upon which it was built.

We will also touch on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. We will define the frequencies used, the bandwidth occupied, and networking features unique to these protocols. We will also briefly dwell on coexistence strategies.