ben-wpan software: first MAC-layer communication with ATBEN

Werner Almesberger werner at
Wed Mar 30 06:10:05 EDT 2011

Good news: I just had the first proper IEEE 802.15.4 communication
between two Bens via ATBEN boards, using the stack of the
linux-zigbee project. This involves:

- the AT86RF230/231 kernel driver
- the ATBEN- and Ben-specific board initialization
- the IEEE 802.15.4 (MAC) stack, also in the kernel
- address assignment with PAN coordinator (izcoordinator) and device
  (iz assoc)
- a MAC-layer communication program (izchat)

The porting wasn't too difficult - only the Ben-specific code plus
two small bug fixes.

This still isn't TCP/IPv6, but it's a prerequisite for it. Build and
usage details are here:

Meanwhile, Richard has written a kernel driver that talks to ATUSB.
Hopefully, we'll have this running underneath AT86RF230 before too
long. (Right now, the AT86RF230 driver only speaks SPI.)

- Werner

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