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ZigBee Security Assessment

ZigBee (802.15.4) is a relatively new protocol compared to Wi-Fi (802.11), but with low power consumption and long battery life it is ideal for Home Network Systems such as thermostats etc. The reason behind ZigBee devices being low power consuming because it work on very low frequency and have a fewer commands to send compared to Wi-Fi. Since it's relatively new protocol and not much popular, there are fewer tools/ frameworks to test it. However some good software/ hardware are available. They can be purchased/ downloaded from respective sites. Atmel RZ Raven USB Stick (hardware) Atmel JTAGICE mkII On-Chip Programmer (hardware) Atmel 100-mm to 50-mm JTAG standoff adapter (hardware) 50-mm male-to-male header (hardware) AVR Studio for Windows (software, free) KillerBee Firmware for the RZUSBSTICK (software, free) A Windows host for programming the RZ Raven USB Stick (one-time operation) Issues to be looked into ZigBee: Similar to 802.11 ZigBee may also suffer from same