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Essential ZigBee for engineers

A 2 day training course
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ZigBee training course description

A hands on course covering the entire ZigBee protocol stack. ZigBee operation, primitives and frame formats are covered in detail using software tools to test and analyse ZigBee commands and demonstrate how these affect the 802.15.4 MAC. Analysers are used to decode packet formats.

Key outcomes from this course

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:
  • Describe the ZigBee architecture and applications.

  • Explain the workings of ZigBee protocol stack including the 802.15.4, NWK, APS and ZDO sub layers.
  • Describe in detail the ZigBee primitives and how they are used to pass data; make networks; join networks and repair networks.
  • Secure ZigBee networks.

ZigBee training course details

Who will benefit:
Technical staff requiring grounding in ZigBee including application engineers.
RF fundamentals.
2 days

Training approach

This structured training course seeks to build upon workbook learning through the use of group exercises, dynamic discussion and individual tasks in order to deliver an engaging and interactive module that will ensure all candidates are able to transfer their new skills into the workplace.

Overall rating:

Customer reviews

"Hard concepts were explained very simply."
J. S. Framestore CFC
"Excellent presentation - very good course structure."
B. M. London Internet Exchange

ZigBee training course contents

Wireless data overview
What is 802.15.4 and ZigBee? WLAN, WPAN, Bluetooth vs. ZigBee. Markets. Applications and architecture. ZigBee demonstration.

ZigBee Standards and technology
The 7-layer model, IEEE WPAN standards overview, 802.15.4 & ZigBee, ZigBee alliance.

ZigBee Protocol stack
IThe ZigBee 5 layer model, The network (NWK) sub layer, Application support sub layer (APS), the ZigBee Device Object (ZDO).

802.15.4 Radio
Frequencies, modulation, power, DSSS, BPSK/ O-QPSK, channels, symbols, chips and bit rate.

802.15.4 PHY PHY data transfer primitives. The PHY packet. PHY PIB management.

802.15.4 MAC layer
EThe MAC layer overview, CSMA/CA, addresses, frame types, super frames, MAC layer: Data, Data control, Scan and join, PAN maintenance, MAC PIB. Hands on: 802.15.4 frame analysis.

ZigBee Topologies Point to point topology, star topology, cluster tree, wired integration. Hands on: Building a ZigBee network.

ZigBee frame formats General frame format, data frames, command frames. Hands on: Analysing ZigBee frames.

ZigBee NWK NWK data primitives: Request. Confirm. Indication. NWK management primitives: Network discovery, network formation. Permit joining. Start router. Join. Direct join. Leave. Reset. Sync. NWK database management. Hands on: NWK analysis

ZigBee APS Address mapping, matching devices, binding devices, binding tables. Hands on: APS analysis.

ZigBee ZDO Device roles, binding requests, initiating and responding, device discovery, service discovery, network management. ZDO Endpoint 0.

ZigBee Security Security issues, security modes, MAC security, NWK security, APS security.

Writing ZigBee applications, application profiles, End points, Endpoint addressing, clusters of attributes, broadcasts. Hands on: Sample ZigBee application

Why Choose Us

SNT trainers score an average of over 90% on the three main areas of:
  • Ability to teach
  • Technical knowledge
  • Answering questions
“Excellently presented by a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic trainer.” P.D. General Dynamics

We limit our maximum class size to 8 delegates; often we have less than this. This ensures optimal interactivity between delegates and instructor.
"Excellent course. The small class size was a great benefit…" M.B. IBM

We write our own courses; courseware does not just consist of slides and our slides are diagrams not bullet point text. A typical chapter provides clearly defined objectives with a chapter overview, slides with text underneath, a quiz at the end to check the learning of the students. Hands on exercises are at the end and are used to reinforce the theory.

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