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LoRa vs Zigbee Which Technology is Better for IoT

LoRa vs Zigbee: Which Technology is Better for IoT

In this article, we will compare the differences between LoRa and ZigBee technologies which are low-power technologies. Initially, a brief introduction to both technologies is given, followed by their advantages and disadvantages. Next, some of the key IoT applications are presented on each technology. Finally, factors that are to be considered when choosing either of the technologies are presented.  Introduction to LPWAN and LAN technologies  Before discussing ZigBee and LoRaWAN(LoRa), it is essential to have a brief understanding of the two types of networks they belong to, Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Networks (WAN), respectively.  Local Area Network (LAN) is distributed over short range, which would cover a building or a floor of a building. In comparison, Wide Area Network (WAN) is a network that spans over a city or a local district.  LAN technologies are spanning over a short distance with point-to-point communication. Moreover, these networks are

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What is ZigBee Technology and How it Works?

What is ZigBee? ZigBee is a widely used wireless communication protocol on the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. The main purpose of setting up a low-rate wireless technology is to achieve low-power end-to-end devices. The ZigBee wireless standard is based on IEEE 802.15.4 personal area network standard. It operates in the unlicensed spectrum of bands 2.4 GHz, 900 MHz, and 868 MHz. Apart from having a low rate, ZigBee devices would have lower power consumption, leading them to have long battery life. This is where ZigBee devices would have their advantages over similar short-range wireless technologies such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Since Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices have very battery life compared to that ZigBee devices. The operating range of ZigBee devices is in the range from 10 m – 100 m. The proposal for ZigBee was made by an alliance known as ZigBee Alliance established around 2002. Then, in

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