protocol comparison

Feature IEEE 802.15.4 MAC 6LoWPAN ZigBee Pro RF4CE
Possible network topologies Star Tree, mesh Mesh Star
Multi-hop capable No Yes Yes Yes
Over-The-Air-Update No No in ZigBee Smart Energy standardized No
IPv6 compatible No Yes No No
Automated channel change No No Yes Yes
Possible frequency bands 2.4 and sub-GHz 2.4 and sub-GHz 2.4 and sub-GHz 2.4 and sub-GHz
Maximum number of nodes Implementation dependent > 64000 > 64000 nodes per network N/A
Stand-by modi Have to be implemented Available depending on implementation Already available
Network security AES-128 possible AES-128 possible AES-128 possible AES-128 possible
End-to-end encryption None IPSec scheduled Application link keys None
Preferred field of application Point-to-point connections, net-works with small number of nodes WPANs with IP connectivity Smart energy und home automation applications Remote controls for consumer electronics