Is it possible to use the Sensinode NanoStack 6LoWPAN software on other development kits apart form the CC-6LOWPAN-DK-868 like the EM430F6137RF900? Do I need a NanoRouter within the network too? If so, do I need to purchase the NanoStack library and NanoRouter software or can I download it from somewhere?
Yes it is possible to use the Sensinode Nanostack on EM430F6137RF900. You need to have a Edge Router (running Sensinode Nanorouter SW) in your network. The Nanorouter included in the CC-6LOWPAN-DK-868 is limited to ten nodes (either CC1180 based or CC430 based). We are working on a new agreement with Sensinode, to be able to include the Nanostack _and_ Nanorouter license cost in the chip price of the CC430, but for now you need to contact Sensinode to get a quote on the Nanostack license for your CC430 nodes. The same goes for the Nanorouter license. Contact Sensinode at support (at) sensinode.com
Thanks for the quick reply. Ive been trying to reply to your post for so many days now, but that forum posting problem m has got the better of my attempts.
I'm newbie to the whole 6LoWPAN system, so I apologise if these questions sound a bit redundant.
I was browsing the "CC430F5137 Library model (zip download)" for the CC-6LOWPAN-DK-868 located on the Sensinode website and I noticed the "CC430F5137_NanoStack20Lite-02_library_module.lib" file. I'm assuming that this library file would provide me with the whole NanoStack system and allow me to use the APIs in my application. So if I just want to set up set up a communication link between the two CC430F6137s in the EM430F6137RF900 kit and not connect to the Internet, couldn't I use the .lib file on the CC430F6137 along with my application to get communication between the two units? (Hence not requiring a license for the NanoStack or the need of an Edge Router set-up in the network)
Also, you mentioned that TI is currently working on a agreement to include the Nanostack and Nanorouter with the CC430. Could you provide a time frame for when this agreement could be finalised.
We are very sorry for the inconvenience that the forum problem has caused you. I think everything should be running ok now.
In order to run a 6LoWPAN netowork using the Sensinode Nanostack 2.0 Lite you need to have the Edge Router in the system. The Edge Router is responsible for handing out addresses to the joining nodes, and is also responsible for routing. Packets going from one node in the LoWPAN to another in the same LoWPAN has to pass the Edge Router. The Edge Router is the only device in the network that contains a routing table.
If you do not want to connect your devices to another backbone/backhaul system using IPv6 I would suggest that you look at other protocols that is more suitable for such systems e.g. SimpliciTI or ZigBee.
I will provide updates when the library model and agreement with Sensinode is finalized, at the moment I have no more information.
Please let me know if you need further guidance regarding which protocol to chose and when.
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