Here are a few companies that offer some easy to implement, low cost and low power ZigBee/IEEE 802.15.4 wireless solutions. For instance MeshNetics offers everything from ZigBee modules, embedded software to evaluation and development kits. There are four main benefits to ZigBee technology. Firstly, its low cost which makes it easy to justify extending wireless networking to even the simplest devices. Next, all ZigBee product have to adhere to a standard profile meaning that customers can chose vendors as needed. This increases competition and innovation hence the great solutions that are already out there. ZigBee also has the advantage of avoiding obstruction and range issues. The routers double as input devices and repeaters making it easy to form mesh networks. Also, transmission is automatically routed through an alternate path if there is a blocked node. This allows for communication to continue even when there is an unexpected link failure. Finally and most importantly, ZigBee devices are known for their low power consumption. Basic radios can operate at 1 mW RF power and are put to sleep as soon as transmissions are complete, making them practical for battery operated devices. Take a look at the following companies for great products.

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