A comprehensive analysis of low-power operation for beacon-enabled IEEE 802.15.4 wireless networks

Yu Kai Huang*, Ai Chun Pang, Hui-Nien Hung

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Abstract

ZigBee, a unique communication standard designed for low-rate wireless personal area networks, has extremely low complexity, cost, and power consumption for wireless connectivity of inexpensive, portable, and moving devices. ZigBee uses the IEEE 802.15.4 standard as its communication protocol for medium access control (MAC) layer and physical (PHY) layer. The IEEE 802.15.4 MAC layer achieves duty-cycle operations by setting two system parameters, macBeaconOrder (BO) and macSuperFrameOrder (SO), to achieve low power consumption for ZigBee devices. This study comprehensively analyzes IEEE 802.15.4 duty-cycle operation. Specifically, a novel analytical model that accommodates a general traffic distribution is developed. An NS-2 based simulation model, which is validated by the developed analytical model is also proposed. Through the experiments conducted by the analytical and simulation models, some important performance-evaluation insights are gained that can be used as guidelines for future low-power ZigBee network deployment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5336787
Pages (from-to)5601-5611
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
Volume8
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2009

Keywords

  • IEEE 802.15.4
  • Low-power operation
  • Performance analysis
  • ZigBee

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