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4hr Online Self Paced course that must be completed within 30 days.  (click here to register and go to the online course)

Course Description:

ZigBee is a set of specifications that define how small low power devices communicate. It is a leading standard for the connectivity of wireless sensors used in home, utility, and industrial environments. Applications include controlling light switches, patient monitoring, smart energy, and traffic management systems.

ZigBee defines the higher layer protocols builds on the IEEE 802.15.4 Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN) standard to deliver a low power wireless network. This course starts with an overview of the 802.15.4 physical and MAC layers. It then takes the student through the evolution of ZigBee network layer, covering ZigBee 2007, ZigBee PRO, and ZigBee IP.

The course includes lab exercises that look at the details of the ZigBee stack, including ZigBee beacons and commands, 6LOWPAN compression and fragmentation headers, and RPL ICMP packets. The lab exercises use the Wireshark™ packet analysis tool, but no prior knowledge of Wireshark is required. Students are expected to install the Wireshark tool prior to attending the class.

Note: Students that have attended the 2-day Low Power and Lossy Networks course, may see some overlap in the course material. The Wireless LLN is focused on comparing and contrasting a broad spectrum of protocols deployed to meet the diverse needs of sensor, control, and monitoring network.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the evolution of the ZigBee specifications
  • Draw the ZigBee protocol stack
  • Be familiar with all layers of ZigBee and the underlying wireless technology
  • Distinguish between a beacon and non-beacon ZigBee network
  • Define the ZigBee control messages
  • Understand how ZigBee mesh networking works
  • Understand the transition to ZigBee IP
  • Describe the IETF 6loWPAN and RPL standards adopted by ZigBee

Audience:

The target audience for this course is anyone in Engineering, Test, Customer Support, Technical Marketing, or even Sales and Marketing that requires an understanding of the ZigBee Protocol and seeks to comprehend the challenges of implementing the Internet of Things (IoT) as applied to their job function.

Ideal candidates are:

  • Individuals looking to understand the wireless protocol underpinning the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Operations individuals that will provide configuration and support services
  • Network Design Engineers that need to understand Wireless Low Power Lossy Networks (LLN)
  • Network Management individuals that are providing element and network management tools
  • Technical sales individuals that must be able to correlate features with functionality
  • Technical marketing individuals that want more than just a basic understanding of LLN
  • Certification Track individuals that need to expand their knowledge and studies
  • Network Administrators

Course Prerequisites:

This course is designed to appeal to anyone needing the skills and knowledge of the ZigBee Protocol or needing to understand the wireless technologies that are enabling the Internet of Things (IoT). The course does not require any prior IPv6 or wireless knowledge. However, it is highly desirable that learners have rudimentary knowledge of IP networking. Familiarity with the Wireshark packet analysis tool is also preferred.

Course Materials:

Students will be provided with a Course Student Guide via the Online School of Network Sciences.  From here they will have access to:

  • PDF of the course slide
  • PDF of the course lab guide
  • PDF of the course acronyms
  • Online reference sites and other information sources
  • Pre-course quiz

Related Content:

There are several related courses that explore wireless and the Internet of Things' technical aspects.

Course Outline:

The course outline is detailed below. The actual outline may change slightly as the course material and labs are finalized.

Module 1 – Establishing the Groundwork

  • What is ZigBee

  • ZigBee products and services in the market today

  • The role of the ZigBee Alliance

  • The evolution of the ZigBee specifications

  • The ZigBee protocol stack

Module 2 – IEEE 802.15.4 LR-WPAN

  • Overview of the 802.15.4 wireless personal area network specifications

  • Frequency channels and bandwidth

  • Non-beacon enabled and non-beacon enabled networks

  • PAN ID and addressing

  • MAC frame format

Module 3 - ZigBee Network Layer

  • Network nodes and topology

  • ZigBee beacon Frame

  • ZigBee and ZigBee Pro feature comparison

  • Assigning network addresses

  • Mesh networking

  • Connecting to a ZigBee network

  • ZigBee network layer frame types and format

  • Network packet format

  • Hands-on labs

    • ZigBee beacon frames

    • ZigBee control frames

Module 4 – ZigBee IP

  • Why ZigBee IP

  • Comparing ZigBee Pro and ZigBee IP network topologies

  • Network Discovery over low power and lossy networks

  • IPv6 Routing Protocol for LLN (ROLL)

  • Routing mechanisms

  • Routing Protocol for LLN (RPL)

  • IPv6 Lower power WPAN (6loWpan)

  • Hands-on labs

    • 6loWPAN header compression and fragmentation

    • RPL messages used to form a network

 

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