The EFR32xG21 Wireless Gecko Starter Kit (SLWSTK6006A) includes everything needed to enable developers to create a mesh network and evaluate the EFR32xG21 Series 2 Wireless Gecko SoCs. The Series 2 kit can be used in place of the Series 1 kits for Bluetooth LE, Bluetooth mesh, Zigbee and Thread development. The wireless starter kit comes with
- 3 x Wireless starter kit mainboard
- 3 x EFR32MG21 2.4 GHz +20 dBm radio board
- 3 x EFR32MG212.4 GHz +10 dBm radio board
- AA Battery Board (supports running +20 from batteries)
- Integrated debug and packet trace
The EFR32xG21 Wireless Starter Kit supports Bluetooth, Zigbee, Thread and Multiprotocol Zigbee/Bluetooth software stacks. Our software provides one-click access to design tools, documentation, software and support resources for Wireless Modules and SoCs using Bluetooth. Get up and running quickly with precompiled demos, application notes and examples. Use advanced tools including energy profiling and network analysis to optimize your wireless systems.
The EFR32xG21 radio boards have the dynamic multiprotocol range test pre-installed. The test will work standalone between 2 radio boards, or will allow you to connect to a phone via BLE to configure and run the test between 2 radio boards.
Step 1: Download The Wireless Gecko App for iPhone from Apple App Store or for Android from the Google Play Store
Step 2: Install the Wireless Gecko radio board onto the WSTK main board and connect it to power via the included USB cable and power on the board.
Step 3: Open the Wireless Gecko application and select the Range Test Demo.
Step 4: The screen will show the devices as DMPxxxx. Press PB0 switch on the development board to show the device name. You can press PB0 again to toggle the back to the configuration screen.
Step 5: Select the Select the first device to connect and then select TX Mode. Scroll down to and select on the Repeat button and then press Start TX.
Step 6: Select the Back arrow in the upper left of the app and then select Range Test Demo and select the 2nd device to connect and select RX Mode. Select the Start RX. You will see the receive statistics on the both the Range Test application and the development board. The test will stop after 1000 packets are received.
Get up and running quickly with precompiled demos, application notes and examples. Use advanced tools including energy profiling and network analysis to optimize your wireless systems. Choose your software package below.
After plugging in your kit, launch Simplicity Studio and Open Package Manager in the left upper corner (green downward arrow under the menu bar). Select the desired stacks and download them. Visit the package manager regularly for updates.
- Micrium OS – Required for DMP application
- Bluetooth SDK
- Bluetooth Mesh ADK and SDK
- EmberZNet SDK
- Thread SDK
Requirements for Stack Access
To access the Silicon Labs Zigbee and Thread software SDKs, customers need to purchase one of the mesh networking development kits such as the EFR32xG21 Wireless Starter Kit, EFR32 Mighty Gecko Wireless Starter Kit, the EM35x Mesh Networking Development Kit, or the Samsung ARTIK 030 Development Kit) Purchasing non-mesh wireless development kits like the Flex Gecko Development Tools, Blue Gecko Development Tools, ThunderboardTM IoT Kits (React, Sense and Sense 2) and ETRX Development Kits will not enable access to the Silicon Labs Zigbee and Thread software SDKs.
If you are a contract manufacturer for an existing Silicon Labs mesh customer, please contact your Silicon Labs sales representative.