Mesh Networking is simply the hottest wireless technology of our time. Period. It's fast, it's very easy to use, highly reliable, and self healing. Three components are required for the ZB ZigBee Mesh Network, the Coordinator (C), the Router (R) and the Endpoint (E). Your computer can speak to a ZB ZigBee Mesh Network using a Coordinator. Think of the Coordinator as the interface to a ZB ZigBee Mesh Network. NCD Coordinators are equipped with a USB Interface. USB Coordinators mount as a Serial Port on your computer, and you will develop software that sends Serial commands at 115.2K Baud. The primary job of a router is to bridge the wireless gap between your computer (the Coordinator) and the device (Endpoint). If the Coordinator cannot speak to the Endpoint device because it is out of range, a Router can be used to bridge the two devices together. Endpoints are simply devices. With regard to NCD products, Endpoints can be relay controllers, data collection devices, PWM devices, and much more (and more coming).
Summary of Mesh Networking
A Coordinator Connects to your Computer
A Coordinator is used to communicate with a Mesh network
A Coordinator can talk to up to 8 Endpoints or Routers in any combination
A device is an Endpoint
If a Coordinator cannot talk to an Endpoint because it is out of range, a Router can be used to bridge data between the Coordinator and the Endpoint
A Router can also be an Endpoint device, but it's slower
ZB ZigBee Devices offer Unparalleled Dynamic Networking and Adaptability. Simply power up a ZB ZigBee Device in Range of a Coordinator or a Networked Router and the network will automatically Associate itself with that Device.
Switch Closure Input is a vital part of just about any control system. Our
ZSCAN ZB ZigBee Series Contact Closure Input Scanner Detectors allow you to read 16, 32, or 48 switches per board. Ideal for reading motion detectors, glass breakage detectors, window/door open detectors, ect. and it's all on the mesh network.
ZB ZigBee Coordinator (Required)
ZB ZigBee Coordinator into the USB Port of your computer. The Coordinator will be used to communicated to your wireless ZB ZigBee Mesh Network. The Coordinator will mount as a COM port on your PC. Open the COM port and start sending data to the Coordinator. The Coordinator will forward your data to any or all devices on the ZB ZigBee Mesh Network.
New to Mesh Networking? Click the following links for helpful wireless articles to get you started.
UXP is a new standardized data port, specifically for the purpose of speaking to various expansion modules. If the controller you are considering is equipped with a UXP port, you can take advantage of extended commands to speak to our growing line of I/O expansion modules. UXP in the part number allows you to:
By downloading the NCD Component Library you will receive over 40 samples from A/D Conversion to Duration and Pulse Timing and best of all it's FREE!! We want the user to be able to experiment with all the different samples available so as of right now the samples cannot be downloaded individually.
We've "Started" the Programming for You
With the NCD Component Library we've "started" the programming for you. We say started because these are fully functioning samples but we've also included the source code so you can customize them to your exact needs. Start by downloading the NCDComponentSetup.zip file from the NCD Component page.
ZB Mesh Contact Closure Devices
Switch Closure Input is a vital part of just about any control system. Our Contact Closure Input Scanner Detectors allow you to read 16, 32, or 48 switches per board. All our ProXR boards are built with expansion in mind. If you need to monitor more switches or expand as your needs grow simply plug in a
Contact Closure Expansion Module as needed using the onboard XR Expansion Port.
Ideal for the Following Applications:
Reading Motion Detectors
Glass Breakage Detectors
Window/Door Open Detectors
Any Device with Contact Closure Output
Here's how it works
To use this device, simply connect the Contact Closure Input to the switch or detector you wish to monitor. Next, you will send a couple of bytes of data to the board requesting input detection. The contact closure board will report back a value from 0-255, indicating the current status of the inputs on a selected bank in binary form.