We want to develop a Zigbee sensor with the EFR32MG12 family. This sensor will be configured as a Zigbee End Device (ZED) and will eventually connect to a network created by Zigbee Coordinator (ZC) not being provided nor developed by us. This is the first time we have to work with the Zigbee technology.
During development, we won't have access to the actual ZC network. We are trying to figure out what would be the best strategy to develop, debug, test and eventually demonstrate our sensor functionality locally.
Ideally, it would be great if we could have access to some kind of off-the-shelf Zigbee gateway that could act as a ZC with a demonstration software or web-based app running on a PC. It would be appreciated to get some ideas that would address this.
Hi Francois Dumont,
You can buy our EFR32MG WSTK kit(https://www.silabs.com/products/development-tools/wireless/efr32xg21-wireless-starter-kit) and build the Z3GatewayHost sample on the WSTK board, then it is easy to form a network. This is good for you since you can capture the packet trace with Network Analyzer and analysis the packet trace if needed. Also, you can bug a Zigbee Gateway to verify your sensor devices.
Thank you for your responses.
Looking at the Zigbee Gateway reference design, it looks like the virtual gateway comes with some kind of a web server which allows accessing devices through a web browser. This is exactly the kind of demonstration platform we are searching for. I expect we could adapt this demo to access our own sensor data (which includes custom clusters on a different profile), I am right?
Regarding the EFR32MG WSTK kit, I understand it provides an easy way to form a Zigbee network. However, what feature does it include that would allow us to show actual sensor data to demonstrate its functionality (e.g. web server, GUI app, etc.)?
If we instead buy a Zigbee Gateway, once again, do you know any that would come with some kind of client-side demo app?
Thanks again, as I said we have no experience with Zigbee so we are trying to understand the big picture for test and demo purposes.