6LoWPAN is a low-power wireless mesh network where every node has its own IPv6 address, allowing it to connect directly to the Internet using open standards.

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6LoWPAN

Nodes

(Self-healing mesh, routers and hosts)

From light bulbs to smoke detectors, each node carries an IPv6 address. Nodes typically require small amounts of memory and processing power, and can be implemented using a wireless microcontroller (MCU). Check out TI’s 6LoWPAN solutions

EDGE router

(Simple IP router, no-application-layer gateway)

The compressed IPv6 header needs an intermediary device to provide a conversion between 6LoWPAN and standard IP header. An EDGE router can be seen as this simplified “gateway”. This can be a standalone or an add-on system. Check out TI’s 6LoWPAN solutions

Internet

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6LoWPAN advantages

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Open IP standard

  • Open standards including TCP, UDP, HTTP, COAP, MQTT, and websockets
  • End-to-end IP addressable nodes
  • No gateway needed. A router connects the 6LoWPAN network to IP.



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Mesh routing

  • One-to-many and many-to-one routing
  • Robust and scalable
  • Self-healing
  • Mesh routers can route data destined to others, while hosts are able to sleep for long periods of time
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Multiple PHY support

  • Freedom of frequency band & physical layer
  • Use across multiple communications platforms (i.e. Ethernet / Wi-Fi® / 802.15.4 / Sub-1GHz ISM)
  • Interoperability at the IP level

 

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Application Solution Description Hardware Software Sample & buy
Node 2.4 GHz   CC2538 Wireless MCU with integrated radio, self-contained stack for single-device applications

  CC2538 development kit
  CC2538 evaluation module kit
  SmartRF06 evaluation board

  Contiki   Sample & buy CC2538
  CC2630

  CC2650
Ultra-low power wireless MCU with integrated radio, self-contained stack for single-device applications

  CC2650 development kit
  CC2650 evaluation module kit
  SmartRF06 evaluation board

  Contiki   Sample & buy CC2650
Sub-1 GHz   CC1310 Ultra-low power wireless MCU with integrated radio, self-contained stack for single-device applications

  CC1310 development kit
  CC1310 evaluation module kit
  SmartRF06 evaluation board

  Contiki   Sample & buy CC1310
Edge Router 2.4 GHz   CC2538 Wireless MCU with integrated radio, self-contained stack for single-device applications. Can either be running the complete Edge Router or serve as a network processor.

  CC2538 development kit
  CC2538 evaluation module kit
  SmartRF06 evaluation board

  Contiki   Sample & buy CC2538
  CC2630

  CC2650
Ultra-low power wireless MCU with integrated radio, self-contained stack for single-device applications. Can either be running the complete Edge Router or serve as a network processor.

  CC2650 development kit
  CC2650 evaluation module kit
  SmartRF06 evaluation board

  Contiki   Sample & buy CC2650
  CC2592 Optional range extender       Sample & buy CC2592
Sub-1 GHz   CC1310 Ultra-low power wireless MCU with integrated radio, self-contained stack for single-device applications. Can either be running the complete Edge Router or serve as a network processor.

  CC1310 development kit
  CC1310 evaluation module Kkit
  SmartRF06 evaluation board

  Contiki   Sample & buy CC1310
  CC1190 Optional range extender       Sample & buy CC1190

Software solutions

Contiki open source

Contiki-OS is an open source OS which integrates an Ipv6/6LoWPAN stack. All tools, including network simulator/emulator COOJA, are free and open source. TI contributes all Contiki 6LoWPAN development efforts to the Contiki community.

Learn more about the Contiki solution

Learn more about active open source community, by visiting www.contiki-os.org



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White paper: 6LoWPAN demystified

Learn the ins and outs of 6LoWPAN to help speed your designs

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6LoWPAN tutorial video

Watch this video to learn what 6LoWPAN is and how it connects to the internet

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Long range demo video

Watch this demonstration of the ZigBee® CC2538-CC2592 evaluation module kit connecting over a distance of 3.5 km

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