ZigBee 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 ZigBee Mesh Network, the Coordinator (C), the Router (R) and the Endpoint (E). Your computer can speak to a ZigBee Mesh Network using a Coordinator. Think of the Coordinator as the interface to a ZigBee Mesh Network. NCD Coordinators are equipped with a USB Interface. This 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.
USB ZigBee 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 ZigBee 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 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.
Please note that it is outside the scope of NCD technical support to provide guidance in the use of ZigBee wireless communications. We strongly recommend all users purchase a ZigBee development kit from Digi.com and utilize Digi.com technical support for all questions related to communications. Please feel free to contact our technical support or post on our forum, but the best resources regarding communications will come from Digi.com. We can always assist you in providing support for any product manufactured by our company. ZigBee is not manufactured by NCD, but we have tested this technology for compatibility with our products.
ZigBee® Wireless Compatibility Notes
When using a ZigBee® communication module, it is essential that you use the ZIGMO_PCB to configure the module settings.
A ZigBee Modem will also be required.
We Customize Just for You!!
NCD offers many custom IoT electronic design services to help tailor our product to your exact needs. Whether you are looking for custom firmware, circuit board modifications, metal enclosures, or industrial color printing, we can help you with a wide variety of design services.
Custom IoT Electronic Design Services Process
Most of our users purchase off-the-shelf hardware for initial testing. Once everything is working, they contact us to build a custom solution which may include specialized changes to the board, firmware, connectors, etc. Custom boards have many advantages such as reduced wiring, easy installation, small size, less power consumption, and in some cases, an overall reduction in product cost. Custom IoT Electronic Design Services will have your company name and logo on the board as well as the enclosure.
Customized IoT Electronics
NCD engineers can help build a customized solution for your particular application based on the designs you see on our website. We can combine devices onto a single board, change the shape, or even some of the components to meet your exact needs. We also provide turn-key metal enclosures with powder coating and full-color printing on the top side starting at just $500 for setup! We have more than 20 years of experience in electronics design and manufacturing. All of our products are designed and manufactured in the USA, so we are here to support the products we make. We only ask that our customers prototype their needs using our existing products before we customize.
- Custom designs should be based on our existing product because we can’t build rockets or electric cars over here!
- We do not provide customization services if it involves the introduction of a new or untested technology.
- Custom engineering fees depend on your requirements, so please contact us for a quote!
- We maintain ownership of all designs, including our customized designs as they are based on our existing Design.
- We will only ship the customized product to you or your authorized agents.
- We have an NDA available if needed.
- The turn-around time is about 2-3 weeks.
- We specialize in low-volume designs, no quantity is too small!
- We have the ability to scale to large volumes as needed.
Getting Started with Product Customization
All you have to do is contact us and we will walk you through the process from beginning to end, based on your individual needs. Some people are surprised at how fast we finish CAD design (usually a few hours), but keep in mind, we still have to build your design, which takes considerably more time. When we customize product, here are the general services we provide:
- We design the circuit board.
- We communicate with our customers throughout the customization and manufacturing process.
- We manufacture surface mount stencils and circuit boards.
- We program our pick and place machines to build your boards.
- We build a working sample and run it through our wave solder machine.
- We test your custom IoT solution.
- Once the design is finalized it won’t be possible to make changes during production (changes cost money and require us to repeat the above processes)
- Once it meets all your requirements, we will start production as needed.
- We work with our metal fabricators to design a metal enclosure if required.
- You work with our artist to print the top side of the enclosure in full color with your company logo if required.