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Wireless IoT Networks

In addition to Wi-Fi, the ARTIK development boards support a variety of low-power wireless interface options that are ideal for IoT applications. While each technology has its strengths and it is difficult to make precise comparisons, we offer the table below to provide an overview.

The ARTIK 5, 7, and 10 series modules have Bluetooth®/Bluetooth BLE and ZigBee®/Thread® capability integrated on the module itself, using circuitry nearly identical to the ARTIK 0 devices.

Technology End
Device
Gateway/
Controller
Data Rate Range Application
Bluetooth A5, A7, A10 A5, A7, A10 1-3Mb/s 0.5-20m personal entertainment
Bluetooth BLE A020 A5, A7, A10 1Mb/s 0.5-20m smart home, health/fitness
ZigBee A030 A5, A7, A10 250kb/s 10-200m sensor monitoring
Thread A030 A5, A7, A10 250kb/s 10-200m home automation
Z-Wave proprie-
tary
A5, A10
(on board)
40 or 100kb/s 10-200m home automation
SIGFOX proprie-
tary
ARTIK Cloud 12 bytes/
msg, 140 msg/day
3-15km distant sensor monitoring

All of these technologies have an ultra low-power "sleep" mode when not active and most of the time are drawing current in the microamp range.

ZigBee, Thread, and Z-Wave are all appropriate choices for the home automation space, with Z-Wave having been around the longest. In their latest versions, all three have the ability to form mesh networks, with Thread having the most sophisticated ability to re-establish connectivity when a "child" is moved from one "parent" to another.

The Bluetooth, Bluetooth LE, and ZigBee circuitry is located on the ARTIK module itself; the Z-Wave modem is located on the development board. Refer to the SIGFOX article for information on its circuitry and use.

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