802.15 Personal Area Networks

Greg Hackmann, ghackmann@yahoo.com


Recently, low-power wireless networking standards like 802.15.1 (Bluetooth) have driven consumer interest in personal area networks (PANs). These networks are designed for inexpensively connecting low-power devices located within 1 m to 100 m of each other. In this paper, we discuss recent evolutions to the Bluetooth standard, as well as two emerging PAN standards: 802.15.4/ZigBee, and Ultra-Wide Band. We provide a high-level summary of how these standards operate, as well as a brief discussion of what to expect from each technology in the future.

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