Inexpensive Sniffer reveals 802.15.4 packet details

in logic analyzer by DP | 2 comments

Jon used TI’s SmartRF Protocol Packet Sniffer to reveal 802.15.4 wireless packet details:

For the last several months my work with the XBee modules from Digi International involved using a logic analyzer to monitor the serial communications to and from the modules so I could measure the times between transmissions and view data streams as hexadecimal characters. The logic analyzer worked well, but I wanted to look at the wireless information, too, to help me better understand the communications.

Thanks DSM! Via the contact form.

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  1. Mahesh Sutariya says:

    Hi,

    Have you used Xbee with TI packet sniffer?looks like from your description..
    I am looking for similar way to interface TI packet sniffer to sniff packet from my custom hardware based on CC2530 and appreciate you help..

    Regards,
    Mahesh

  2. Jon Titus says:

    Yes, I have used the TI sniffer with XBee modules (Series 1) and plan to use it with XBee Series 2 modules. The sniffer should work fine with the TI CC2530 chips for IEEE 802.15.4 communications as well as ZigBee, RF4CE…

    You might be interested in my new book, “The Hands-On XBee Lab Manual,” due out of May 15th, 2012. It has 22 experiments that help you understand how to use these modules, and it has source code for ARM mbed, Arduino Uno, and ChipKit uno32 modules, plus configuration files for the XBee modules. See: http://www.amazon.com/The-Hands–XBEE-Manual-Communications/dp/0123914043.

    This is a bit self promotional, but it will help people understand how to use XBee modules to their fullest. Cheers. –Jon

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