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Journal of Engineering
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 286367, 9 pages
Research Article

Experimental Evaluation of ZigBee-Based Wireless Networks in Indoor Environments

1Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei 10608, Taiwan
2Information and Communication Research Labs, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Hsinchu 31040, Taiwan

Received 13 September 2012; Revised 21 January 2013; Accepted 21 January 2013

Academic Editor: Christos Bouras

Copyright © 2013 Jin-Shyan Lee and Yuan-Ming Wang. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


ZigBee is an emerging standard specifically designed for wireless personal area networks (WPANs) with a focus on enabling the wireless sensor networks (WSNs). It attempts to provide a low-data rate, low-power, and low-cost wireless networking on the device-level communication. In this paper, we have established a realistic indoor environment for the performance evaluation of a 51-node ZigBee wireless network. Several sets of practical experiments have been conducted to study its various features, including the (1) node connectivity, (2) packet loss rate, and (3) transmission throughput. The results show that our developed ZigBee platforms could work well under multihop transmission over an extended period of time.