RF Power Options in ZigBee Solutions
Yet manufacturers are beginning to introduce ZigBee products distinguished by power ratings, offering radios with 1 mW RF power and "high-power" versions with 100 mW RF power. What gives? Are these manufacturers deviating from the ZigBee specification?
A little clarification is in order. Manufacturers of ZigBee radios with higher RF power create them for very good reasons grounded in the realities of successful wireless applications; they are also faithful to the ZigBee specification and what it means by "low power." By separating product lines along RF power differences, manufacturers give design engineers an important option for ZigBee implementations. Choosing relative to that option is a matter of matching power capabilities to application needs.