bluetooth-network

Bluetooth Network

Hello Friends, In this blog post I am going to let you know about an interesting network which is known as Bluetooth network.

In 1994, The L.M Ericsson company became interested in connecting its Mobile phones to other devices(e.g. PDAs) without cables.

Four other companies(IBM, Intel, Nokia, and Toshiba), formed a SIG(special interest group, i,e consortium) to develop a wireless standard for interconnecting computing, communication devices, and accessories using short-range, low-power, inexpensive wireless radios.

The project was named Bluetooth, after Harald Blaatand(Bluetooth)II(940-981), a Viking king who unified(i,e, conquered) Denmark and Norway, also without cables.

Although the original idea was just to get rid of the cables between devices, it soon began to expand in scope and encroach on the area of wireless LANs.

While this move makes the standard more useful, it also creates some competition for mindshare with 802.11. To make matters worse, the two systems also interfere with each other electrically.

It is also worth noting that Hewlett-Packard introduced an infrared network for connecting computer peripherals without wires some year ago, but it never really caught on in a bit way.

The main goal of Bluetooth developing a single single-chip, low-cost, radio-based wireless network technology.

At the same time the Bluetooth development started, a study group within the IEEE 802.11 wireless personal area network(WPAN) discussed under the following five criteria.

Distinct Identity:

Originally the study group did not want to establish a second 802.11 standard.

Compatibility:

Compatibility with IEEE 802 standard.

Market Potential:

How many applications, devices, vendors, customers are available for a certain technology.

Technical Feasibility:

Prototypes are necessary for further discussion, so the study group would not rely on paperwork

Economic Feasibility:

Everything developed within this group should be cheaper than other solutions and allow for high-volume production.

Bluetooth fulfills these criteria so that the WPAN group cooperated with the Bluetooth consortium.

To understand the networking of Bluetooth devices a quick introduction to its key features is necessary.

The basic unit of Bluetooth is Piconet, which consists of a master node and up to seven active slave nodes within a distance of 10 meters. Multiple piconets can exist in the same(large) room and can even be connected via a bridge node as shown in fig 1.

An interconnected collection of a piconet is called a scatternet.

piconet-scatternet-bluetooth
piconet-scattered-Bluetooth

There can be up to 255 parked nodes in the net for the seven active slave nodes in a piconet. Thes are devices that the master has switched to a low-power state to reduce the drain on their batteries.

In Parkes state, a device can not do anything except respond to an activation or beacon signal from the master. There are also two intermediate power states, hold and sniff.

The reason for the master/slave design is that the designers intended to facilitate the implementation of complete Bluetooth chips for under $5. The consequence of this decision is that the slaves are fairly dumb, basically just doing whatever the master tells them to do.

Thus, a piconet is a centralized TDM system, with the master controlling the clock and determining which device gets to communicate in which time slot. All communication is between the master and a slave; direct slave-slave communication is not possible.

Applications:

802.11 does not specify whether users should use their notebook computers for reading email, surfing the web, or something else. In contrast, Bluetooth V1.1 specification names 13 specific applications to be supported and provides different protocol stacks for each one.

Unfortunately, this approach leads to a very large amount of complexity, which we will omit here. The 13 applications, which are called profiles, are listed in below fig 2

NameDescription
Generic AccessProcedure for link management
Service DiscoveryProtocol for discovering offered services
Serial PortReplacement for serial port cable
Generic Object ExchangeDefines client-server relationship for object movement
LAN Accessprotocol between a mobile computer and a fixed LAN
Dial-Up NetworkingAllows a notebook Computer to call via a mobile phone
FAXAllows a mobile fax machine to talk to a mobile phone
Cordless Telephonyconnects a handset and its local base station
IntercomDigital walkie-talkie
HeadsetAllows hands-free voice communication
Object Pushprovides a way to exchange simple objects
File TransferProvides a more general file transfer facility
SynchronizationPermits a PDA to synchronize with another computer

Fig 2 Bluetooth Profiles

The first generic access profile is not really an application, but rather the basis upon which the real applications are built. Its main job is to provide a way to establish and maintain secure links between the master and slaves.

Also relatively generic is the services other devices have to offer. These two profiles are necessary for llnd Bluetooth devices. The remaining one is optional.

The serial port profile is a transport protocol that most of the remaining profile use. It emulates a serial live and useful for legacy applications.

The generic object exchange profile defines a client-server relationship for moving data around. The next three profile is for networking. The LAN access profile allows a Bluetooth device to connect to a fixed network.

this profile is a direct competitor to 802.11. The dial-up network protocol is used to allow a notebook computer to connect to a mobile phone containing a built-in modem without wires.

The fax profile is similar to dial-up networking except that it allows wireless fax machines to send the receive faxes using a mobile phone without a wire between the two.

The next three profiles cordless telephony, intercom, headset profiles, are for telephony. The remaining three profiles are for actually exchanging objects between two wireless devices.

These could be business cards, pictures, or data files, The synchronization profile, in particular, is intended for loading into a PDA or notebook computer when it leaves home and collecting data from it when it returns.

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