Zigbee PRO offers low-power wireless mesh networking. It is the first multi-band mesh supporting cross-band communication across 2.4GHz and sub-GHz devices


Why Zigbee PRO?

Zigbee PRO serves as the network infrastructure for Zigbee-based networks and products. Used on its own, it can be the foundation of robust proprietary IoT implementations. Paired with the Zigbee Cluster Library (the application layer at the heart of Zigbee) it enhances the IEEE 802.15.4 standard by adding mesh network and security layers along with an application framework to become a full stack, certifiable, interoperable Zigbee solution.

Zigbee PRO is the most popular choice for developers and the specification is used for most Alliance developed standards. It uses IEEE 802.15.4 radios and facilitates ease-of-use and advanced support for large networks, and offers simple, low processing power for products that require low power connectivity. Zigbee PRO offers multi-band functionality across 2.4GHz and sub-GHz devices, along with an optional new and innovative feature, Green Power, to connect energy harvesting or self-powered devices into Zigbee PRO networks.

Zigbee PRO Features

  • Cross band communication across 2.4GHz and sub-GHz bands with multi PHY support
  • Global operation in the 2.4GHz frequency band according to IEEE 802.15.4
  • Regional operation in the 915Mhz and 868Mhz
  • Frequency agile solution operating over 16 channels in the 2.4GHz frequency and 90 channels in the sub GHz band
  • Incorporates power saving mechanisms for all device classes, plus support for battery-less devices
  • Discovery mechanism with full application confirmation
  • Pairing mechanism with full application confirmation
  • Mesh topology and inter-personal area network (PAN) communication
  • Various transmission options including broadcast, groupcast and unicast
  • Security key generation mechanism
  • Utilizes the industry standard AES-128 security scheme
  • Supports Alliance standards or manufacturer specific innovations
  • includes power measurements to reduce power output enabling devices to communicate at the exact level of power required.
  • Sub GHz channels transmission ranges up to 1km.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Zigbee specification?
The Zigbee specification offers full mesh networking capable of supporting hundreds of devices on a single network. The current Zigbee PRO 2015 features the most up-to-date specification for Zigbee PRO updated with the lessons learned from deployments in tens of millions of devices around the world. The Zigbee PRO has become the primary development choice for low-power networking in IoT applications facilitates ease-of-use and advanced support for larger networks comprised of thousands of devices.

What are the IEEE 802.15.4 technical attributes on which the Zigbee specification is based?
Zigbee takes full advantage of a powerful IEEE 802.15.4 physical radio standard and operation in unlicensed bands worldwide at 2.4GHz (global), 915Mhz (Americas) and 868Mhz (Europe). Raw data throughput rates of 250Kbs can be achieved at 2.4GHz (16 channels), 10kbs at 915 – 921Mhz (27 channels) and 100kbs at 868Mhz (63 channel). Transmission distances range from 10 to 100 meters, depending on power output and environmental characteristics. Sub GHz channels transmission ranges up to 1km.

How does Zigbee compensate for possible interference in the 2.4GHz band?
Zigbee products have access to 16 separate, 5MHz channels in the 2.4GHz band. Several of these do not overlap with US and European versions of Wi-Fi, Zigbee incorporates an IEEE 802.15.4 defined CSMA-CA protocol that reduces the probability of interfering with other users, plus Zigbee uses automatic retransmission of data to ensure network robustness. Because the duty cycle of a Zigbee product is usually extremely low, relatively few packet data units are transmitted, reducing the likelihood of an unsuccessful transmission. Because of regulatory requirements, zigbee has mitigated interferences in the sub GHz.  Zigbee included power measurements to reduce power inputs so they communicate and the exact level of power required.  Doing that in a mesh of nodes, reduces interference between nodes. Limits radio activity in order to comply with regulatory requirements.

How does Zigbee addressing wireless reliability?
Zigbee was designed for the hostile RF environments that routinely exist in mainstream commercial applications. Utilizing Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum in the 802.15.4 radio, with features including collision avoidance, receiver energy detection, link quality indication, clear channel assessment, acknowledgement, security, support for guaranteed time slots and packet freshness; Zigbee networks offer product manufacturers a highly reliable wireless communication solution.

How many nodes, or devices, can a Zigbee network support?
Zigbee’s addressing scheme is capable of supporting hundreds of nodes per network and multiple network coordinators can be linked together to support extremely large networks. The logical size of a Zigbee network ultimately depends on which frequency band is selected, how often each device on the network needs to communicate, and how much data loss or retransmissions can be tolerated by the application.

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