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IEEE802.15.4 and 6LoWPAN Stack for Linux


IEEE 802.15.4 is a standard for communication in small low-rate wireless personal area networks (WPAN). While 802.15.4 is a MAC- and PHY- layer standard only, several common protocols commonly sit on top of it such as ZigBee, MiWi, and 6LoWPAN. The goal of this project is to create an implementation of 802.15.4 and several of the protocols which run on top of it (primarily 6LoWPAN) for Linux.

It's worth noting that the name linux-zigbee is somewhat of a misnomer. While this project was originally started to create a ZigBee implementation for Linux, licensing restrictions put in place by the ZigBee Alliance make it impossible for an implementation of ZigBee to ever become part of the Linux kernel. Once this licensing issue was discovered, this project's primary focus shifted to IEEE 802.15.4 and 6LoWPAN. Other higher-layer standards may be added at a future time.

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