ZB ZigBee Coordinator

ZB ZigBee Coordinators

Coordinators with part number ending in ZIGMO will feature our new case for modems with an external antenna and is wall mountable, smaller and features status lights so you'll know you're  connected. .

ZB ZigBee Coordinator at a Glance

  • Connects to your Computer
  • Used to communicate with a Mesh network
  • The coordinator can talk to up to 8 Endpoints or Routers in any combination
  • A device is an Endpoint
  • If the corrdinator 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 Coordinator

Talk to up to 8 Endpoints or Routers in any combination
The coordinator is used to communicate with a Mesh Network
Simply the Hottest Wireless Technology of Our Time. Period.

Wireless Communication

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. The ZB ZigBee Coordinator mounts 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).

Coordinator

Your computer can speaks to a ZB ZigBee Network using a Coordinator.  Think of the Coordinator as the interface to a ZB ZigBee 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.  Only ONE Coordinator should be installed within a wireless ZB ZigBee Network.  Two types of Coordinators are available.  AT and API.  Normally, AT coordinators are used.  AT coordinators use Terminal-like AT commands to speak to a ZB ZigBee Network.  They are easier to use than an API coordinator.  An API coordinator uses a string of carefully chosen bytes and checksums to communicate data to a ZB ZigBee networking.  API coordinators are harder to use, but can communicate and switch between devices much faster.  This page will introduce you to AT coordinators.  You can choose between AT and API firmware at checkout. 

Growing your ZB ZigBee Network:

 Building Blocks of a ZB ZigBee Network

Coordinator/Endpoint Network
A very basic ZB ZigBee network can be created between just two devices, a Coordinator and an Endpoint.  In this case, the Coordinator has direct 2-way communication with the Endpoint device.

Coordinator/Router Network
A very basic ZB ZigBee network can also be created between a Coordinator and a Router.  A Router can be used as an Endpoint device and a Coordinator has direct 2-way communication with this device.  In our tests, Routers are slower than endpoint devices.  So for small close range networks, Coordinator and Endpoint devices may be slightly more preferable than a Coordinator and Routers in a ZB ZigBee network.

Coordinator/Router/Endpoint Network
If a Coordinator cannot reach an Endpoint device (due to range issues), a Router can be positioned between the Coordinator and an Endpoint to Reach the Endpoint device.  In this example, the Coordinator communicates to the Router, the Router Communicates to the Endpoint device.  When the Endpoint Device needs to send data back to the computer, it must forward its data to the Router, and the Router will report the data back to the Coordinator.

Growing your ZB ZigBee Network:

 Building Blocks of a ZB ZigBee Network



Coordinator and Endpoints in your Network
A Coordinator can Communicate to no-more than 8 Endpoint Devices.

Coordinator/Router "Distance" Network
If overall long distance communication is your goal, then a Coordinator/Router "Distance" network can be used.  This form of network is slower but can span long distances.



Coordinator/Router/Endpoint Network
As you are starting to grow your ZB ZigBee network, a wise mix of Endpoint devices and Routers should be used. 
A Router can be used to extend the range, but using too many routers slows the network speed.  So use routers when necessary.  In this example, the first 3 endpoint devices are directly communicating to the Coordinator.  The Coordinator also talks to the router, The router talks to another 4 devices.

Growing your ZB ZigBee Network:

 Building Blocks of a ZB ZigBee Network





Coordinator/Router "Distance" Network
This is another form of a "Distance" network whereby a Coordinator is talking to Routers and Routers are associated with Endpoints.





Coordinator/Router/Endpoint Network
A Coordinator can associate itself with up to 8 devices, in this case, it is associated with 5 Endpoint devices and 2 Routers (7 total of 8 possible associations).