Bluetooth Mesh Networking Learning Center
Mesh networking is a new topology available for Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) devices that enables many-to-many (m:m) communications. It's optimized for creating large-scale node networks and is ideally suited for building automation, sensor networks, and asset tracking solutions.
Extending the Capabilities of Bluetooth with Mesh Networking
Bluetooth LE has traditionally leveraged broadcast based and/or point-to-point star network topologies for device communications. Device-to-device pairing and LE beaconing were the main use cases served. With the addition of mesh networking, developers can now deliver a much broader portfolio of solutions for the IoT.
Star vs Mesh Network Topology for Bluetooth Devices
Key Benefits of Bluetooth Mesh Systems
- Extending the range of connections from gateways or mobile clients with multi-hop communication
- Reducing power consumption in a system with shorter transmission distances between nodes
- Increase network scale and nodes with mesh topology
- Delivering optimal responsiveness with node-to-node communication
- Provide state-of-the-art security with dual-layer security and communications which are authenticated, encrypted and obfuscated
- Combine mesh networking and Bluetooth beaconing and phone connectivity
- Improve system reliability with multipath message delivery
Home and Building Automation
Improve system reliability.
Maximize battery life.
Support device-to-device communication.
Simplify beacon management.
Deliver location services.
Increase beacon service range.
Provide instant response to switches.
Deliver advanced lighting control.
Integrate additional functionality.
Eliminate manual scanning.
Determine location in real-time.
Simplify beacon deployment.
Bluetooth Mesh extends LE and is supported on versions 4.0 and greater. It utilizes managed flood messaging framework to communicate between devices.