IEEE 802.15.4 Low Power Wireless

low cost - low power - low rate

Measuring, monitoring, and controlling: wireless sensor networks with ZigBee, 6LoWPAN & co.

Low power wireless technology stands out due to its extremely low power consumption, low data rates, and ranges of approx. 200 m.  It is based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard and is especially suitable for use in sensor networks.  

Physical quantities such as temperature, light, or pressure can be monitored regularly and efficiently using this technology without complex, costly, and high-maintenance cable installations.  Cost-effective hardware and use of license-free ISM bands are characteristic of the wireless standard.  

Frequency band Data rate Region
868 – 868.6 MHz 20 KBit/s Europe
902 – 928 MHz 40 KBit/s USA
2400 – 2483.5 MHz 250 KBit/s Global



IEEE 802.15.4 versus WLAN and Bluetooth

The IEEE 802.15.4 standard is tailored to the needs of sensor networks. For this reason it allows greater ranges at lower data rates and very low power consumption.