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atferrari
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Posted on Tuesday, 06 May, 2014 - 01:45 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I run across several posts and articles about ZigBee in the last weeks, so I started to read about it.

Started to consider implementing a basic application to gain some familiarity.

I would like to hear any comments, even if brief about actual usage of ZigBee.

Simply put: is it worth?
Agustín Tomás - Buenos Aires - Argentina
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tandy
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Posted on Tuesday, 06 May, 2014 - 12:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I would say Zigbee was very popular but has suffered from some patent issues and a complex learning curve. As a result Zigbee is beginning to loose popularity and the future is very much IPv6 (6LowPAN) over IEEE 802.15.4 wireless.
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atferrari
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Posted on Tuesday, 06 May, 2014 - 07:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Never heard of IPv6.

Off to read about it.

Gracias.
Agustín Tomás - Buenos Aires - Argentina
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basementboy
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Posted on Wednesday, 07 May, 2014 - 09:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I found the price of the devices too high for low data rate things. I find 433Mhz good for that.
Off to read about IPv6 too
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Posted on Thursday, 08 May, 2014 - 02:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

A good combination is the TI CC2530 sytem on a chip that contains an ARM microcontroller and 2.4GHz wireless with Contiki on it http://www.contiki-os.org
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Posted on Friday, 09 May, 2014 - 02:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

@tandy. About £8.50 on fleabay. Price is getting better.
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james
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Posted on Friday, 09 May, 2014 - 03:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Agustin

How's your super-duper, horney, bird listening, do-da, audio contraption coming along?

Can you hear the little blighters?

James
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Posted on Friday, 09 May, 2014 - 09:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wow James... I didn't know I was building such an incredible thing!

Too busy, I could complete the building of the enclosure (pre+filter+amp) two days ago.

I am painting it tomorrow. Sunday, to the port for work.

Will try a quick test tomorrow, I hope.
Agustín Tomás - Buenos Aires - Argentina
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james
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Posted on Sunday, 11 May, 2014 - 06:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Agustin

It may be a wise move to target you're object birds surreptitiously. If they become aware that you are eavesdropping on them they may keep their beaks tightly shut leaving you under the misapprehension that you're amplifiers have insufficient gain.
Birds can be like that!

Cheers

James
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Posted on Monday, 12 May, 2014 - 06:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

... I thought that you could possibly disguise your self as a bush and move in short bursts across open ground.

My apologies to any one who may have thought that I was maligning our fine feathered friends in my last post - this was certainly not my intention!

Cheers

James
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Posted on Monday, 12 May, 2014 - 07:22 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Agustin

Possibly a bit late in the day to aid with your design but you might be interested to take a look at the Electronic Stethoscope Project (EPE May 2013) which can be adapted to act as a bird listening instrument.

Cheers

James

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