Silicon Labs Multiprotocol Wireless Lighting Made Easy

Please read below the transcripted text from our video detailing wireless lighting protocols by Silicon Labs.

**Transcripted Text**

Welcome to getting started with the ZigBee Gateway and Mighty Gecko Connected Lighting Reference Design. These designs dramatically reduce the time, cost, and complexity associated with adding wireless connectivity, and allow you to focus on bringing your next great product to market.

In this video, we'll demonstrate how to quickly get started with the new connected lighting design, and how to add it to a ZigBee network using the Silicon Labs gateway solution. To get started, you'll need both. The gateway provides the hardware and HA 1.2 compatible software to manage the ZigBee network and server functions. It also provides an option for controlling the lighting references design and other Silicon Labs home automation products, as well as serving as a development platform for further gateway development. The new Mighty Gecko Connected Lighting Reference Design is your solution for your next wireless product.

It's the third edition to the wireless lighting portfolio. Taking a look at all three Silicon Labs lighting solutions, the EM357 reference design is a ZigBee solution only due to its limited memory. The EM3585 Connected Lighting Reference Design adds more memory for additional thread capability and over the year upgrades. And now introducing the latest Mighty Gecko Connected Lighting Reference Design, featuring the industry's smallest wireless board and a high performance multi-protocol wireless Gecko.

As an overview, the connected lighting reference design kit contains three boards, a power adapter, and a micro USB cable for powering the product. The bottom baseboard is the lighting development board, which features the output LEDs, test points, light level control switch, a network status LED, and a mini simplicity connector for development.

This is the board that we will primarily interact with in this video. The top daughter card is the wireless board which features the EFR32 Mighty Gecko, built-in PCB antenna, PWM header connector, and a mini simplicity connector for development. The EFR32 Mighty Gecko is a true low power wireless MCU with 20 dBm output power for long range, and integrated power amplifier and balun for lower cost solutions, low power security elements, and other low powered capabilities like low-energy timers and UARTs.

Most of all, it supports multiprotocol applications, with the multiprotocol radio design and an additional 512 kilobytes of flash for storage space. The middle interposer board is the board that connects the lighting development board to the wireless Gecko board. One benefit of this kit is that the interposer is pin-compatible with the Silicon Labs radio board that ships with the wireless starter kit.

Meaning, it can be plugged in directly into the WSDK for development. And similarly, the radio board on the WSDK can be plugged into the baseboard. Before proceeding to adding this lighting kit to the ZigBee network, let's review the network architecture that we're about to setup. You'll notice that the system configuration consists of a ZigBee gateway, one or more ZigBee devices, and a computer or a handheld device with the web browser.

If you have not setup your gateway yet, please stop here and navigate to the Silicon Labs website where you'll find the Zigbee connected lighting homepage. On this page, you'll find other reference designs, links to other design materials, and most importantly, the Gateway User Guide UG129.

Once you have completed the steps in the user guide, apply 5 volt DC power to your gateway. Connect to your gateway's Wi-Fi network. And lastly, access the local gateway application by inputting the address listed here in your web browser.

You should now be at this screen and setup page with a confirmation that the ZigBee network is up and live. Now that the ZigBee Gateway is up, we can add the Zigbee Light. First, let's power up the lighting kit. Using the micro-USB cable, connect header J3 on the development board to the standard USB port or to a 5 volt DC power supply.

You will see the main LED light up on the development board, and now we can commission the device on to the network. Initiate the network joining process on the gateway by clicking the + Device button. This button initiates the network discovery command to the listening devices.

In order to initiate discovery on the lighting device, press the development board switch S1 10 times rapidly. Blinking rapidly will show that the device is ready to join. When LEDs D1 to D5 blink rapidly six times, the demo board has successfully joined the Zigbee network. You will also see the device added on the web user interface.

Now that your Zigbee Light is on the network, you can control it from the gateway application. You can control the color modes, you can toggle it on and off. And if you go to the Home tab, you can control other modes, like color temperature, brightness, and the on/off states. This completes the getting started video for the Mighty Gecko Connected Lighting Design.

Congratulations on leaping forward towards your own wireless lighting product launch. Don't forget that this kit allows for a very quick and easy development on the Silicon Labs wireless starter kit. Also, if you go to the Silicon Labs website and the connected lighting page, you'll find even more resources to help you accelerate through the design process.

Thanks for watching.

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