Support for 802.15.4 (6LoWPAN & Zigbee)

For wireless interfaces, it appears that WiFi and BLE are going to be supported. However, it would be extremely useful if one or more IEEE 802.15.4 interfaces were added. This would allow the device to perform the role of a 6LoWPAN edge router or a Zigbee coordinator. The price point of the Pine64 with a IEEE 802.15.4 interface would allow an economical creation of an IoT network using 6LoWPAN or Zigbee devices. The Hub from Smartthings costs $99, and has a wired Ethernet interface, an IEEE 802.15.4, Bluetooth, and Z-wave interfaces. Also, it is a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9, with 2 USB ports, 512MB DDR3 RAM, and 4GB FLASH. Thus, a Pine64 with a IEEE 802.15.4 interface is a much more powerful system with a much lower cost.

So please, consider adding a IEEE 802.15.4 interface. (Note: the Z-wave is an older and proprietary interface. To me, it is not that important.) The cost to add a IEEE 802.15.4 should be less than $5. For example, take a look at ATMEL ATmega256rfr2.


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Support for 802.15.4 (6LoWPAN & Zigbee) - by dperkins3600 - 01-19-2016, 02:17 PM

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