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Impact of channel propagation and interference on the performance of a ZigBee link in an office environment

Impact of channel propagation and interference on the performance of a ZigBee link in an office environment

Nasr, K. M. ORCID: 0000-0002-8604-6274, Loh, T. H., Collett, M. A. and Arnaut, L. R. (2011) Impact of channel propagation and interference on the performance of a ZigBee link in an office environment. International Journal of Sensors Wireless Communications and Control, 1 (1). pp. 69-79. ISSN 2210-3287 (doi:https://doi.org/10.2174/2210327911101010069)

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Abstract

This paper investigates the impact of radio interference on the performance of an IEEE 802.15.4/ ZigBee communication link in an office environment. S-parameter measurements at frequencies around 2.405 GHz and with 3 MHz bandwidth, indicate level fluctuations of approximately 30 dB, caused by the propagation characteristics and multi-path fading within the room. Comparison between the fading characteristics of the room and the ZigBee packet error rate in the absence of interference indicates that errors occur when the path loss exceeds 55 dB, a level observed in less than 1% of scanned locations. Three types of interfering signals were generated within the room: band-limited additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) centred at 2.405 GHz, a Bluetooth standard compliant signal and a WLAN (802.11.g) link. AWGN interference exceeding 15 dBm (total radiated power from the source causes the 802.15.4 link to suffer significant packet errors. The 802.15.4 link shows minimal observable packet loss in the presence of bursty Bluetooth. A study on coexistence between ZigBee and an actual IEEE 802.11g WLAN deployment shows that the degradation of the ZigBee link is approximately 50% and the net throughput of the WLAN link reduces by approximately 90%.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: IEEE 802.15.4, ZigBee, bluetooth, WLAN, wireless sensor networks, radio interference, channel measurements, channel characterization
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Department of Engineering Science
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2019 12:34
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/25331

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