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Since the main RAVEN thread at has been overpowered by many looking-for-free RAVENs posts, I decided to split off a few of the technical posts into this thread.
The split happens around page 11 of the old thread, here
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My understanding is that the Raven uses the same transceiver and the RZ200. I haven't actually verified that yet, but it seems that there was something I read to lead me to this conclusion.
Out of curiosity, I started doing some experiments with the RZ200. The RZ200 demonstration kit comes with 5 RF modules and a motherboard/base unit. One of the 5 RF modules plugs into the Base unit and the Base/RF module pair directs the traffic between itself the other 4 modules.
My modest home is a two level structure with a footprint of 30 feet by 50 feed. The base unit was placed in one extreme corner of the house and the other units were places in opposing corners, where at least two of the remote units were as far as possible from the base unit. The RZ200 is pretty functionless as a demonstration kit in that, all that is demonstrated is the transfer of switch closures from the modules. One RF module plugs into the Base unit, one module is set up as a 3 channel LED indicator, and the other three modules transmit the status of a momentary tactile switch status.
I know this prelude was long winded, but I wanted to describe the setup so that you would know what was involved.
The end result of the test was that, communications was "Rock Solid !"t I can find no where within my home where reliable communications can't be established between any RF module and the base unit.
Now, the question that I would have for the Atmel ZigBee team is: Will the RZ200 base and the Raven modules be able to see each other and interact with each other. As all devices have a unique MAC address, the RZ200 and the Raven should be able to take note of the others existence and each should be able to become an extension of the others networking structure.
I could be way off here, but it was one of the first thoughts that came to mind when I was looking at the Raven documentation.
Thanks for bearing with me...
My idea is that if possible, I want to place the RZ200 Base module in a central location within my home. As the RZ200 Base unit seems to act as the central hub of the RZ200 network, I wanted to use the RZ200 RF modules for remote switch (such as lighting, TV, Radio, etc.) control, and as the Raven seems to have a higher degree of I/O flexibility, use the Ravens for things that require more complex data, such as transmitting program data to my table-top milling machines.
I don't know if this is possible. But it doesn't seem all that "Far Fetched. "