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  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (3 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596807732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596807733
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.3 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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A Practical Guide to the ZigBee Mesh Networking Protocol

About the Author

Robert Faludi is an NYU Professor, SVA professor, and an expert consultant on commercial projects, including large-scale home energy monitoring. His work has appeared in The New York Times, CNet, Good Morning America, and elsewhere. He is a co-creator of the LilyPad XBee wearable radios, and Botanicalls, a system that allows thirsty plants to place phone calls for human help.


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Faludi is kind to the reader by using simple language in the old school of: tell-them-what-you're-going-to-say, tell-them and then tell-them-what-you-said.

I bought the book because although I am not a beginner to electronics, I am to ZigBee, and I am lazy and want a quick start to what to get and why and which "start-bugs" to avoid. Faludi does a good job here and tries to please everybody by including non-Windows based (Mac and Linux) examples where he can (this market is clearly biased towards Windows).

Evidently you could simply download the free ZigBee spec' and read it - it is not too boring and took me about four days to scan through it, but for the cheap price, I would recommend that even a professional would recover the cost in time saved from this book but evidently he will not be interested in the simplistic treatment of how to connect A to B, just the tips and hints and as a quick broad outline for both the spec and the parts range.

For the beginner this book is excellent with both diagrams and photographs of how to wire up the half dozen-or-so connections between one module and another plus very full descriptions + screen shots of how to drive the (mainly Windows based) software.

The firmware example-code is consistently of the simplest-only-to-do-the-principle (there is no cheating by padding with large amounts of code) and gradually the reader is taken into more and more detail about protocols and networking in a painless manner.

A huge amount of work has gone into this book to make it look simple. It is also up to date (late 2010). I highly recommend it to anyone.
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Overall I found this book to be well written and very easy to follow.
This book uses Arduino & breadboard examples. No expert programming or electronics knowledge is required. Experience and a reasonable understanding will of course be of great benefit, although I doubt the entry level 'LED flasher' programmer will be experimenting with XBee. The examples can be relatively simplistic in comparison to some of the book's more advanced content, especially towards the end of the book. At this point I would imagine the experimenter has become used to using a breadboard.
A very useful feature is that all the example code is available to download from the O'Reilly website (for free), without the need to register, give away your email address or sign your life away. This saves much typing, particularly when you are working through the many shorter examples in the earlier few chapters.
I am a PIC user and don't use the Arduino platform. I still found the examples were fairly easy to 'translate' for use with a PIC (16F887) MCU.
My only criticism is that it is not made expressly clear in the blurb that the book is for use only with the Series 2 XBee modules.
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This is an easy-to-read, hands-on approach to starting with ZigBee wireless. The book clips along at a fair pace and introduces the reader not only to ZigBee, but also Arduino, 'Processing', Pachube and even interfacing your sensors to the web and Twitter.

There is quite a strong emphasis on Digi products in particular (which are used to build the projects) but Faludi includes guidance on alternatives available in the market. The examples use the Digi XBee modules, and you get to see both the "AT" interface and the binary API, plus a whistle-stop tour of the ConnectPort routers and their online iDigi web interface.

The projects are simple, but cover sensor and remote control applications, and by the end of the book you should have some good ideas of your own for wireless interfacing. Full code is provided, and you do not have to be an electronics expert to wire the projects together.

This is a great book and I would recommend it highly.
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If you want to get started with Xbee/Zigbee devices (along with some Arduino) then this is an ideal book. Robert Faludi goes step by step through setting up some basic projects with some associated explanation, after which it is possible to move on and pursue your own projects. I found it very helpful.
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I would highly recommend this book. It is very practical, and can be used by anyone that wants to learn a little about ZigBee or needs to teach an introductory course.
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--- Date of the Review: 01-06-2012 ---

Highly recommended textbook for those who are willing to make his/her own wireless sensor network by using Xbee modules and Arduino board.

This book saved my life in the final year of my electronic engineering degree. Book shows exactly what you need to buy, how to set up the necessary configurations by using suitable software (e.g. X-CTU) and gives the reader a step by step instructions to be able to make it work.

There are some Arduino codes which you can try to make the same or similar projects.

Compared to what you get, the price of the book is nothing.

Great investment and life saving book especially during the project cycles.

Thanks

Mr. Engin Sicimogullari (MEng Electronic Engineering Graduate)
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First rate book, invaluable in understanding ZigBee networking. Comprises excellent introduction with source material that will be valuable in the long term.

Excellent value.
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