Comparative Performance Analysis between nRF24L01+ and XBEE ZB Module Based Wireless Ad-hoc Networks

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Himadri Nath Saha 1,* Shashwata Mandal 1 Shinjan Mitra 1 Soham Banerjee 1 Urmi Saha 1

1. Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Institute of Engineering & Management, Kolkata, India

* Corresponding author.


Received: 15 Jan. 2017 / Revised: 2 Apr. 2017 / Accepted: 1 May 2017 / Published: 8 Jul. 2017

Index Terms

Ad hoc networks, Multi-hop networks, Network throughput, nRF24L01+, Wireless mesh networks, Zigbee


Among the common wireless communication modules like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, XBee modules are embedded solutions providing wireless communication standard with self-healing mesh networks, which has longer range than Bluetooth and lower power consumption than Wi-Fi. An alternative to the XBee radio modules is nRF24L01+ radio modules which are cheap and powerful, highly integrated, ultra-low power (ULP) 2Mbps RF transceiver ICs for the 2.4GHz ISM (Industrial, Scientific, and Medical) band. In this paper, performances of nRF24L01+ modules have been analyzed and compared with that of XBee ZB modules in wireless ad-hoc networks. The performance metrics for the analytical study are - 1) Throughput measurement, 2) Mesh routing recovery time and 3) Power consumption. This work has revolved around an open source library released by the developer, tmrh20 which builds a complete TCP/IP suite on top of the nRF24L01+ modules.

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Himadrinath Saha, Shashwata Mandal, Shinjan Mitra, Soham Banerjee, Urmi Saha, "Comparative Performance Analysis between nRF24L01+ and XBEE ZB Module Based Wireless Ad-hoc Networks", International Journal of Computer Network and Information Security(IJCNIS), Vol.9, No.7, pp.36-44, 2017. DOI:10.5815/ijcnis.2017.07.05


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